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  • The Ministry of Health will undertake the second and final phase of development at the Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence, in Golden Grove, St. Thomas, over the next six months, at cost of $63 million.
  • Mr. Dalley welcomed the project’s implementation, and expressed the hope that it will be “another phase” in the “massive expansion” in health care in St. Thomas.
  • Dr. Cooke advised that upgrading of the Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence will facilitate the stabilization of trauma patients before they are transferred to other hospitals.

The Ministry of Health will undertake the second and final phase of development at the Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence, in Golden Grove, St. Thomas, over the next six months, at cost of $63 million.

The project is being financed by the National Health Fund (NHF), and will include: major construction, and drainage and electrical upgrades, among other works.

Phase one, which was also funded by the NHF, was completed in 2014 at a cost of $32 million. It involved: expansion of the reception/waiting area; installation of dental equipment; and construction of a blood laboratory.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Horace Dalley, and South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) Chairman, Dr. Andrei Cooke, were among those signing contracts to carry out Phase two, during a ceremony at the facility on Thursday, February 11.

Mr. Dalley welcomed the project’s implementation, and expressed the hope that it will be “another phase” in the “massive expansion” in health care in St. Thomas.

Labour and Social Security Minister and former Health Minister/Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is optimistic that the facility “will take us further along the continuum in relation to (providing) quality healthcare for the people of St. Thomas.”

For his part, Dr. Cooke said Thursday’s signing was “another step in our efforts to fully develop the Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence.”

Describing the facility’s location as “strategic,” Dr. Cooke said it also serves residents of eastern Portland.

“On a monthly basis, as many as 1,700 patients are seen,” he informed, adding that “persons are enjoying the benefits of this upgraded facility, particularly the dental services, which saw over 700 new patients last year,” he noted.

Dr. Cooke pointed out that phase two will facilitate “even more upgraded services.”

“We will have an upgrade to the maternal and child health department; the re-commissioning of an operating theatre; and the provision of a mobile x-ray unit. The upgrade of this health facility is part of our effort to ensure that the communities have well-equipped healthcare centres to detect and provide early treatment before a health condition worsens,” he added.

Dr. Cooke advised that upgrading of the Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence will facilitate the stabilization of trauma patients before they are transferred to other hospitals.

This, he said, will enable institutions like the Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay, “to deal with more serious cases, while reducing time and the misery index of our patients.”

The Isaac Barrant Centre of Excellence is one of four such primary health care facilities currently in operation.  The others are located in Darliston, Westmoreland; Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth; and Claremount, St. Ann.