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Children's hospital facing bed space shortage, parents urged to utilise health centres

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Strapped for bed spaces at the Bustamante Hospital for Children the South East Regional Health Authority is seeking to divert some patients to health centres.

It is urging parents with children who have non-urgent illnesses to seek health care at the nearest primary care facility.

Acting Chairman of the board of the Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke, says the hospital continues to experience challenges with its bed capacity and increased waiting time at that facility.

He says despite efforts to bolster the staff complement to deal with the delays, it has been observed that the waiting time is still long.

He says some of the children being taken to the hospital can be treated at a primary care facility and parents should go to such facilities before visiting the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

In addition, Cooke is encouraging parents to seek early medical intervention for their children in order reduce the onset of complications that will require hospitalisation.

Meanwhile, he says the Regional health authority continues to explore possible solutions and implement measures to treat with the delays.


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