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Work is to begin soon on the upgrading of the Spanish Town Hospital, including the refurbishment of the Accident and Emergency wing of the institution, and construction of a two-storey medical records building as well as an additional walk-way.
The upgrading work will enable the hospital to meet the increasing demands of residents in the parish and prepare the complex to cope with cases that may arise during the IIC Cricket World Cup in March 2007. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the St. Catherine Parish Development Committee last week in Spanish Town, Member of Parliament, Sharon Haye-Webster said the parish was way ahead in its planning to take advantage of the staging of World Cup of Cricket.
She pointed out that with the expected large number of persons travelling from Trelawny and Ocho Rios to Kingston for cricket at Sabina Park, and from Kingston to the new cricket grounds in Trelawny, and the fact that the Chedwin Park cricket complex in St. Catherine would be an official training venue, the Spanish Town Hospital was well poised to provide support health services.
Mrs. Haye-Webster pointed out that the work would be carried out at a cost of $58 million, and the contract period was six months.
“We’re about to begin work on the Accident and Emergency wing of the hospital, which is the first phase of the renovation. I have met with the contractor, so work will begin soon,” she said.
Mrs. Haye-Webster said she was sure the Minister of Health, John Junor had plans for the hospital in Trelawny. “So, in the health sector there are positive considerations being given to the requirements for the World Cup of Cricket,” she added. She stressed that the upgrading of facilities at the Spanish Town Hospital would have a significant impact on the delivery of service offered by the hospital, “improve the storage of medical records, improve the layout of equipment in the accident and emergency area, and in general, improve the operating efficiency of the Accident and Emergency Wing”.