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The Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas is to benefit from a state-of-the art surgical bed with accessories, valued at more than $1.5 million donated by the UK-based Friends of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Co-founder and Chairperson of the group, Andrea Rose will formally present the surgical bed to the hospital in March.
She told JIS News that the organisation has been raising funds since 1998 to purchase this special equipment.
The Friends of Princess Margaret Hospital Jamaica (UK) is a small charity based in Harrow, North-west London that was formed in 1992 by Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Monica Coke.
Mrs. Rose said the Princess Margaret Hospital was selected because she felt the need to assist the hardworking staff at the hospital and to do something to help improve the conditions there, and also because she was born in that eastern Jamaican parish.
“I thought of Princess Margaret Hospital, because I am a local girl; it’s my parish and I know that I could easily keep an eye on the progress made,” she said.
The association has also donated blood pressure machines, stethoscopes, electric cast cutter, plaster spreader, plaster shears and many other items as requested by the Princess Margaret Hospital.
“I strongly feel that if every one selected a parish and supported a project, there is so much we can do to provide assistance and improve these for our fellow Jamaicans,” Mrs. Rose said.
The late Princess Margaret opened the Hospital on February 23, 1955. It replaced the former Morant Bay Hospital, which was devastated by Hurricane Charley in 1951.