Friday, December 20, 2013

Big changes coming to POS General Hospital

The front facade of the POS General Hospital
The government of Trinidad and Tobago plans to demolish the Port of Spain General Hospital, retaining only the heritage front facade of the existing structure.

That announcement came on Thursday from Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan at the post cabinet media briefing. Khan explained that a medical campus would replace the hospital and noted that the project is not connected to a proposal involving Johns Hopkins Hospital that was being considered by the previous Manning People’s National Movement (PNM) Government.

The minister said the project is based on a MOU signed on October 28 with the British Government. He added that a British concessional loan would fund the project.
Khan explained that retired British doctors "will come here to help develop the new PoSGH into a “teaching hub”, all in liaison with the Royal Medical Society."

He added, "Not only are we going to satisfy the medical needs of Trinidad and Tobago, but we are also looking at developing a system where people from all over the world can come to Trinidad and Tobago and do research and development.”

He said the Port-of-Spain medical campus will be a design, finance and construct project. When completed it would be a self-sufficient state-of-the-art centre that would include:
  • a new adult hospital
  • a women’s centre
  • children’s centre
  • intensive care and high dependency unit
  • separate children’s and adult accident and emergency departments
  • a dedicated same-day surgery centre
  • a specialised surgical suite
  • chemotherapy out-patients programme
Khan added that the hospital complex would also include an institute for eye care and an international training centre. 

He explained that the plan is to build a commercial facility on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, opposite the medical campus. This would include living accommodation and commercial and medical offices. 

There would be a A “sky-walk” linking the medical campus and the commercial property and a multi-level car park at the site, the minister stated.

Khan did not give a dollar figure for the project. The Government may enlist a facilities management company to run the medical campus in a public/private partnership, he said. 

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