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Equipment and supplies valued at $87,000 (US$1,345) were handed over to the Chapelton Hospital in Clarendon on March 3 by Tisa Chambers, a Jamaican living in the United States. Miss Chambers benefited from the services of the hospital during a visit to the parish in October last year.
The equipment included nebuliser units, baby scale, digital thermometers, suction machine, blood pressure monitors, drapes, sheet sets, blankets and gloves.
Mrs. Chambers, a pharmaceutical representative who resides in Atlanta, Georgia, told JIS News that she was very grateful that the hospital saved her life last year.
“I came down for my grandfather’s funeral at the beginning of October last year and I fell very ill and I think I lost consciousness. My aunt took me to the hospital and my blood pressure was very low and the attending physician and the rest of the staff were able to revive and stabilize me. I believe that if they hadn’t taken me to Chapelton, I probably wouldn’t have made it, so that alone is why I felt the need to really give as much as I could,” she said.Dr. Carolyn Melbourne, Medical Officer at the Chapelton Hospital, told JIS News that the equipment would be very useful in enhancing the services provided at the institution.
“The staff members at the Chapelton Community Hospital are extremely pleased as we know that this equipment that we have received will enable us to better serve the many persons who come here on a daily basis for our service,” she said.
Chief Community Nurse at the hospital, Merle Dooley-Bailey told JIS News that about 12,000 persons in three major communities as well as 15 adjoining and nearby communities would benefit from the equipment.
She said that on average, about 150 persons visited the hospital on a daily basis to access the services, adding that the hospital provided 24-hour service in the Accident and Emergency, Maternity and General Observation wards.