Skeldon Hospital staffers raise issues with Public Health Minister –as construction works move apace at institution

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Public Health Minister, Dr. George Norton addressing Skeldon Hospital staff during a visit last week

IN continuing his inspection of the various Health facilities countrywide, Public Health Minister Dr. George Norton visited the Skeldon Hospital, which is currently under massive renovation and remodelling.The minister toured the facility and was briefed on plans for the new structure of the building. As part of the Skeldon Hospital remodelling, a new theatre is being constructed along with a Recovery Room and an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), which is expected to commence operation as soon as it receives a few pieces of minor equipment, which are yet to be acquired.

A new Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit has also been constructed, and the current A&E Unit will be converted into a Diabetic Foot Centre. In addition, the Receptionist area will be used as the Specialist Clinic area.

Minister Norton also interacted with the staff, listened to their complaints, and learnt that no functional ambulance was stationed at the hospital.

Nurses and doctors also aired their dissatisfaction with their living conditions, noting that the well is dirty and worms and moss sometimes pass through their taps.

There were also complaints of bats having infested the ceiling in the nurses’ hostel.
Minister Norton pledged his full commitment to improving the situation, and urged the staff to continue performing at their best.

Currently, the hospital serves approximately 45,000 people in its catchment area, and provides care to an average of 200-250 persons on a daily basis. (Navendra Seoraj)