Thursday, January 9, 2014

PM officially opens Chancery Lane teaching Hospital Thursday

Chancery Lane hospital
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar will officially open the new Teaching Hospital at Chancery Lane, San Fernando on Thursday afternoon. The institution will provide medical services to the public as well as serve as a teaching hospital. Services include:
  • X rays, electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG) and Ultrasounds
  • Neurology testing
  • Paediatrics
  • Gynecological care
  • Doctor’s on-call rooms ( 24/7 service)
  • 216 beds 

According to the office of the PM, "This state of the art facility will be the heart of diagnostic, education, and research endeavours in the Southern region of the country. 

"The teaching school will be under the authority of the University of the West Indies and will deliver postgraduate and undergraduate studies as future generations will be trained in various areas of expertise."

In August, 2011, the Prime Minister mandated that UDECOTT work in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the South-West Regional Health Authority to evaluate the possibilities of converting the Chancery Lane Administrative Complex into a Teaching Hospital geared towards providing increased and effective health care services to the population.

"This project represents really a flagship project for us. I’ve always said my administration will not be marked by high-rise buildings but it would be one that is people-centred," Persad-Bisssessar said about the hospital when she made a visit in December 2012.

Construction of the building that houses the new San Fernando Teaching Hospital started in July 2005 by the Patrick Manning PNM administration for use as an administrative complex.

However, after taking office in May 2010, Persad Bissessar decided that it would be in the interest of the wider population to expand the hospital facilities and transformed it into a wing of the San Fernando General Hospital.

"It was hard for me to acknowledge and approve nearly 200 million dollars of taxpayer's money towards the Chancery Lane Administrative Building," she said when she instructed that the building be converted to a hospital.

"Instead of an office building with retail space there will be a 234 bed hospital inclusive of a paediatric ward, outpatient clinic, pharmacy, diagnostics centre, labs and lecture hall," she said.

"I wish to add that the fact that the site was originally used by local artisans making their craft has not been lost on us and so we have ensured that the first level will be provided to them. The many visitors and others here can support local craft. No one is left out."

The Prime Minister said the concept had been thoroughly thought out by experts in the field of planning and design of hospitals to maximize all the space and potential services at the new Chancery Lane Hospital complex.

"This kind of well informed advance planning leads to efficient, effective and flexible facilities in which medical staff have more time to spend on caring for patients and advising their families. It allows staff to concentrate on what they do best, and reduces stress, fatigue and the risk of mistakes," she said.

Persad-Bissessar expressed pride in the facility, saying it represents "the very philosophy of caring of our government."

She added, "This building's converted usage as a Hospital will be of much greater benefit to the people within and around the community of San Fernando. It is an example of how public funds should be invested in their interest.

"For every patient that walks through these doors, for every life saved, for every child comforted and healed, for every doctor laboratory test done to improve the health of someone, for the health care that will soon be available right here, this was well worth it."

Related: Video Feature - The Chancery Lane Hospital Complex

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