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  • A new Drug Serv Pharmacy is to be constructed at the Bustamante Hospital for Children at a cost of over $50 million.
  • The National Health Fund (NHF) is providing funding for the project, which will be undertaken over an eight-month period.
  • The 3,000 square foot facility, designed to meet the Pharmacy Council Standards, will have eight dispensing windows for timely processing of prescriptions.

A new Drug Serv Pharmacy is to be constructed at the Bustamante Hospital for Children at a cost of over $50 million.

The National Health Fund (NHF) is providing funding for the project, which will be undertaken over an eight-month period.

The 3,000 square foot facility, designed to meet the Pharmacy Council Standards, will have eight dispensing windows for timely processing of prescriptions.

It will be equipped with a sterile room to protect the integrity of the drugs ensuring that they are of the highest quality, a manufacturing room to facilitate liquid formulations, staff areas, multi- purpose room, and a sick bay.

Speaking at the contract signing and ground breaking ceremony at the hospital’s Arthur Wint Drive location in St. Andrew on Friday (July 5), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the project is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to advance paediatric health care.

He noted that the new facility is an important addition to the hospital, providing much-needed infrastructure expansion, additional personnel, and a comfortable environment for patients and staff.

Dr. Tufton said that the Bustamante Hospital for Children continues to provide critical medical services for children and youth in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.

He noted that last year, more than 54,000 patients were seen at the Accident and Emergency Department, while there were an estimated 43,000 out-patient clinic visits, and 2,775 surgeries performed.

Chief Executive Officer, NHF, Everton Anderson, in his remarks, said the new Drug Serv Pharmacy will improve the delivery of pharmaceutical services at the hospital.

He noted a major increase in the filling of prescriptions since the NHF took over the management of the hospital pharmacy in 2014.

“Under the previous dispensation, there were between 60,000 and 70,000 prescriptions annually. For the last two years, we were averaging 89,000 prescriptions at this facility, which is really a phenomenal growth in numbers,” he noted.

Construction of the new Drug Serv Pharmacy is being undertaken to meet existing and future population needs, and will extend the delivery of new and improved pharmaceutical services offered by the NHF to its clients.