Noel Holmes Hospital gets ambulance

November 14, 2017
Contributed Founder and Chairperson of the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital, Gloria Leslie (third left), hands over the keys to the new state-of-the-art ambulance to Acting Parish Manager at the Hanover Health Services, Lorene Whinstanley (right), at the official handover ceremony on Friday, November 10 on the grounds of the Noel Holmes Hospital. Others (from left) are Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Noel Holmes Hospital, Princess Wedderburn; and ambulance driver/Emergency Medical Technician, Dave Wedderburn.

 

The Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, recently received a new state-of-the-art ambulance, courtesy of the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter of the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital.

The official handover of the ambulance was held on November 10, on the grounds of the hospital.

The acquisition of the vehicle, which is valued at £40,000 (J$6.6 million), was the brainchild of founder and chairperson of the charity, Gloria Leslie.

Leslie, who is from Cascade in Hanover, but now lives in the UK, said the vehicle is fully fitted with the most modern life-saving equipment.

She thanked the many supporters who helped to raise funds and assisted with the purchasing, shipping, and clearance of the ambulance, including corporate sponsors Grace Foods and Victoria Mutual.

"Your critically ill can now be safely transferred to Montego Bay. It has been a long and exhausting road, but now we have a positive outcome ... . We hope to assist in improving healthcare delivery in Hanover," she said.

"I was born and raised in Cascade, Hanover, so I am a passionate Hanoverian. It is my passion to do this charity work for the people of Hanover," Leslie added.

Senior Medical Officer of the Noel Holmes Hospital, Dr Patrice Monthrope, said he is extremely pleased to accept the ultra-modern gift, which will help the hospital to transfer its critical-care patients and staff in comfort.

"We rely heavily on transferring patients from this facility to our receiving centres. This is a fantastic gift," Monthrope said.

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