Linstead Hospital reopened after renovation

February 09, 2018
Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton (right), greets a patient in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine, during the reopening.
A porter assists an elderly woman at the Linstead Hospital.
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The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Linstead Hospital in St Catherine was officially reopened on Tuesday, following extensive renovation at a cost of $144.98 million.

The work, undertaken through funding from the National Health Fund (NHF), included infrastructural upgrades, new furniture and equipment, installation of a new air-conditioning system, upgrading of the medical gas system, added amenities for staff, spacious area for patients, and comfortable treatment and examination rooms.

The project is intended to meet the high demand for emergency treatment and improve the quality of patient care.

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton, who reopened the facility, informed that eight hospitals have had their A&E units upgraded and others will be expanded over the next financial year.

Meanwhile, Tufton said that strategies to reduce waiting time at public health facilities are bearing fruit.

The measures include improving customer service and assessment, redirecting non-emergency cases to the closest designated primary-care health centre, and extending the opening hours of clinics by up to five hours.

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