St Ann’s Bay Hos­pi­tal wait­ing pe­riod to be cut by De­cem­ber

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Writer

WAIT­ING LONG hours to see a doc­tor at the St Ann’s Bay Re­gional Hos­pi­tal is still a daily oc­cur­rence but should soon be a thing of the past, ac­cord­ing to re­gional di­rec­tor at the North East Re­gional Health Au­thor­ity (NERHA) Fabia Lamm.

When The Gleaner vis­ited the hos­pi­tal re­cently, the out­pa­tient de­part­ment was packed to ca­pac­ity, with more pa­tients wait­ing un­der­neath a tent at the front of the build­ing.

An­toinette Christie, of Ocho Rios, had awak­ened ear­lier that morn­ing feel­ing very dizzy as her blood pres­sure was high.

Fear­ing the worst, she went to the St Ann’s Bay Re­gional Hos­pi­tal.

She was not pre­pared to wait over nine hours to see a doc­tor.

“I come to the St Ann’s Hos­pi­tal from four min­utes af­ter eight this morn­ing. Is now five o’clock and mi nuh get to si the doc­tor, and mi come dung here with dizzi­ness with mi pres­sure high,” Christie com­plained to The Gleaner.

“A still feel­ing sick right now an’ I still don’t get through.”

That morn­ing, too, Erica Webb of Rio Bueno in Trelawny de­cided to take her sick daugh­ter, Shamora, to the hos­pi­tal in an ef­fort to get treat­ment for her.

She said they reached the hos­pi­tal at eight o’clock. They were still there at five, wait­ing.

“They need to move a lit­tle faster,” Webb sug­gested, not­ing that she had other com­plaints as well.

“Some­times when you go to them, they talk to you cer­tain ways, and so forth. Some peo­ple who mi come si inside there same way, but some who come si mi get through and gone. Whole heap a peo­ple, whole heap.”

A man who had ac­com­pa­nied some­one to the hos­pi­tal and was wait­ing out­side, claimed he had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence last year when he took his three-year-old daugh­ter for treat­ment.

He said he was there “fi hours” be­fore he fi­nally got through.

“How mi get through? Mi haffi tell dem where mi work, an’ mi need fi get to work. A gov­ern­ment work, and one a di girl seh shi a put mi ting up a di top,” he claimed.

He de­clined to give his name.

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