The Hope Dialysis Centre, which will provide medical treatment to persons affected by kidney disease, was officially opened yesterday (Sept. 10) by Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer.
A state-of-the-art private facility, which is located at 17 Latham Avenue in Kingston, the dialysis centre will boost the capabilities of the island in providing high quality self-management skills training for persons affected by the disease, while improving their quality of health.
The centre comprises among other things, 20 spacious patient centres; private rooms; in-house laboratory service; a water treatment room, which enables the facility to reprocess the dialysers; cable television; and wireless internet access. It is open six days per week, including public holidays.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, in a message read by Minister Spencer, said that the establishment of the facility is critical, adding that it will improve the health of dialysis patients in the island.
Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer (left), listens as Nephrologist at the Hope Dialysis Centre, Dr. Roger Smith (centre) explains the operation of a haemodialysis machine during a tour of the centre in Kingston, which was officially opened on September 10. Others (from 2nd left) are: Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in the United States; Dr. Richard Perryman; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hope Dialysis Centre, Marva Lewinson; and Political Ombudsman, Bishop Herro Blair.
He noted that private sector investment in healthcare is critical to offer people a wider range of choices, while reducing the burden on an overcrowded public health system, and providing opportunities for public/private partnership.
He further commended the emphasis on high quality diabetes management and self-management skills training, to improve the quality of life of those who suffer from diabetes.
“Your commitment to continuous quality improvement is important, as research and new technologies help us to advance in medicine and in the various fields of health care,” Mr. Golding stated, while suggesting that the centre enter into partnership with the public health sector to offer health education services.
“We could provide you with the literature and you manage the display and distribution of such material,” he said.
The Prime Minister, in his message, implored persons to take a holistic approach to healthy living and lifestyle practices, adding that this approach will be beneficial to self and country.