Cornwall Regional expands accident and emergency operations
The Accident and Emergency Department of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, which operates from the Mount Salem Clinic, has been expanded.
"We would have almost, if not, doubled the capacity at that facility," said Health Minister
Dr Christopher Tufton.
"So, it will be a lot easier, more efficient to administer accident and emergency cases," he said, noting that the expanded space will officially open in another week.
Meanwhile, Dr Tufton said that an additional 80 beds will be added to the main Cornwall Regional building within four weeks, bringing the total count
He said that ground has been broken for an additional facility for diagnostics. He noted that a number of diagnostic services were previously outsourced "because we couldn't use the main building".
Dr Tufton emphasised that enhanced service provision is the main priority of the Health Ministry as it relates to the operations of the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
He commended the members of staff, who he noted "continue to give yeoman service, working very diligently".
The health minister also hailed the collaboration with Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, "where we have added about 50-plus rooms doing elective surgeries".
The Government is spending over $3 billion to undertake renovations and repairs at Cornwall Regional.
The scope of work includes the upgrading of the ventilation system, roof repairs, and the redesigning of some floors.