Nowhere to bathe

Par­ents at Bus­ta­mante Hospi­tal face dis­com­fort, of­fi­cials ask for re­ports

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SEV­ERAL PAR­ENTS who have had to camp out at the Bus­ta­mante Hospi­tal for Chil­dren to keep an eye on ail­ing young pa­tients have re­vealed that they are forced to bathe outdoors on the hospi­tal com­pound after be­ing de­nied ac­cess to bath­room fa­cil­i­ties.

Yes­ter­day, re­spond­ing to the dec­la­ra­tions from the par­ents dur­ing a Gleaner in­ves­ti­ga­tion, hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties said they have never re­ceived such com­plaints and urged par­ents to re­port staff who bar them from ac­cess­ing bath­rooms as this was not an of­fi­cial di­rec­tive.

At Bus­ta­mante, par­ents are al­lowed to stay in­def­i­nitely to help nurses and doc­tors ad­min­is­ter care to their chil­dren.

But with no ac­cess to bath­rooms, many par­ents, es­pe­cially those who are not from Kingston, say they go for days without a bath. Oth­ers, who can’t with­stand this un­hy­gienic prac­tice, con­fessed to break­ing ‘hospi­tal rules’ in or­der to freshen up.

“The hospi­tal rules say you [par­ents] can’t bathe on the com­pound, so we have to hide and do it. I bathe be­hind the morgue. A lot of garbage be­hind there, but there is a hose and a pipe that I think is to wash off hospi­tal equip­ment, but we have to be skill­ful and go be­hind there to bathe,” Si­mone Palmer said.

Dur­ing the Gleaner probe, par­ents showed at least four other ar­eas where they se­cretly took baths after dark.

They in­di­cated that th­ese ‘bath­room’ spots have been cho­sen be­cause of stand­ing pipes or large tanks, which, orig­i­nally, are pro­vided for hospi­tal staff to use.

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