Manchester, Clarendon residents embrace longer opening hours from clinics

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August 12, 2016
Regional director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Michael Bent (left), points chairman of the SRHA, Wayne Chen to a section of the May Pen Hospital during a tour of the facility on June 3.

Michael Bent, regional director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), said residents in Manchester and Clarendon have embraced the extension of opening hours at the Mandeville Comprehensive Clinic and the May Pen Health Centre.

The Ministry of Health has extended the opening hours at select health centres in proximity to hospitals as part of an initiative to reduce the waiting time at the Accident and Emergency departments at hospitals across the island.

Bent said that since the extension of hours in July, over 1,200 persons have accessed services at the Mandeville Comprehensive Clinic and the May Pen Health Centre

The Mandeville Comprehensive Clinic now closes at 9 p.m., and the May Pen Health Centre now closes at 8 p.m.

"The health centres have been resourced with the required staffing and supplies to provide the services to facilitate the redirection of persons who can be managed in the primary-care setting from the A&E department at the Mandeville Regional Hospital and May Pen Hospital" Bent said.

Chairman of the SRHA Wayne Chaen, said that indications are that the policy to have health centres deal with the other non-emergencies appears to be working.

"It is still early days, but the feedback I have been getting, both from the staff in the facilities and the users of the system, is extremely positive," Chen told THE WEEKEND STAR.

By April 2017, the extension of opening hours will be extended at the Spaulding Health Centre in Manchester and the Black River Health Centre in St Elizabeth.

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