Work Well Underway on New Intensive Care Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital


Construction works on a new $43 million, seven-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, is advanced and should be completed in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, which begins on March 11.
This project forms part of a massive refurbishing programme, which is now underway at the Falmouth, and Cornwall Regional Hospitals in western Jamaica at a cost of some $330 million.
The facility is to replace the present two-bed ICU, which would see the health care offerings of the hospital extensively enhanced.
As part of the refurbishing project work is ongoing at satisfactory levels with the repainting of floors one, two and three, and the replacing of old and dilapidated windows on the entire structure. Work is also slated to commence shortly on the installation of new elevators.
Speaking with JIS News, Acting Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Dr. Alex Konstantinov said that based on the level of refurbishing now being carried out at the hospitals, the health facilities will be ready for the ICC Cricket World Cup next month.
“The new state of the art seven-bed Intensive Care Unit at CRH is well- needed in the western area as it presently caters to many patients outside the area and to as far as Mandeville. This facility will definitely be of high quality and as a high dependency unit, there would be need for adequate nursing and medical staff. Already we have started to recruit staff,” Dr. Konstantinov disclosed.
He pointed out that refurbishing works on the two hospitals were thought of long before the idea of World Cup Cricket as it was felt that improvements in the capabilities of these facilities, as well as the working environment and staff moral of all workers, was necessary.
The Acting Regional Director had high praises for the staff in the Western Regional Health Authority, who he said were capable of the highest quality health care.
“I can confidently say that the staff members here are well qualified and well trained. In addition to this, we have in-service training for all as well as the new staff coming to us are screened for some levels of additional training to make them even more effective on the job. There is no shortage of training opportunities for staff members at our hospitals. We also make efforts to replace and upgrade our equipment in order to be on par with our first world neighbours,” Dr. Konstantinov told JIS News.

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