JIS News

Plans are in the works for the construction and equipping of a new Accident and Emergency Ward at the Percy Junor Hospital in Manchester.
Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, Stanhope Scott told JIS News that architectural drawings were being prepared in order to make submissions for funding. “The Southern Regional Health Authority is working on it. We have an architect working on the drawings and plans, which will be submitted to the National Health Fund,” he expounded.
He said that from preliminary estimates obtained last year, the venture would cost $32 million. “We are looking forward to this new development, which will incorporate medical, laboratory and X-ray services,” the CEO informed.
He noted that the expansion works would improve the services of the casualty department, which functions 24 hours per day.
Meanwhile, the CEO said that the hospital had an ongoing improvement programme and already, the entire facility has been tiled and a helipad added, through funding from Friends of Percy Junor Hospital.
The 60-year old medical institution is the largest type C facility in the country, with 119 beds. As a type C hospital, it offers only basic medical services such as selected surgeries, obstetrics, pharmacy and diagnostics.
On average, the hospital sees more than 3,000 outpatients a month.