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The St. Ann’s Bay Hospital in St. Ann is to receive a face-lift on Labour Day, Monday, May 25.
This is one of four national projects that will receive special attention on that day. The others are located in Clarendon, St. James and St. Catherine.
The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ian Jarrett, told JIS News that the focus on the facility was most welcomed.
“The essence of the project is that we will be having external painting of a substantial portion of the hospital property. Concentration will be on the Accident and Emergency (A&E) building, the Administration building, the Operating Theatre, the Dietary section and to some degree, the X-Ray Department,” he pointed out.
He further added that the scope of work should also see the installation of two water coolers in the main waiting areas at the hospital.
“One of the coolers will be installed at the pharmacy and the other one will be installed close to the Accident and Emergency waiting area. Those areas attract a substantial amount of our patients. Each of those areas can seat up to 200 patients per day and it gets extremely hot and miserable, so it will be a welcomed addition for the staff and more so, for the patients who are sometimes subject to a long wait in these areas,” he said.
Other plans for Labour Day include the setting up of tents on the property to facilitate the carrying out of blood pressure checks and blood sugar tests.
Reflecting on Labour Day 2008, he pointed out that some amount of beautification work was carried out at the hospital, noting that the upcoming face-lift would be a completion of last year’s mission.
“We hope and pray that the staff, patients and visitors will assist us in maintaining this new appearance, once it has been completed,” Mr. Jarrett said.