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'Social patients' putting strain on Cornwall Regional, say administrators

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 9:22 AM
The Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James. - File

Administrators at the Cornwall Regional Hospital say the facility is under strain from what they call ‘social patients’ who are taking up much-needed bed spaces.



It says social patients are those persons well enough to be out of hospital and who can continue their treatment at clinics.



The hospital says there are a about 30 such patients, some of whom have been abandoned by their families and who have made the hospital their home.



Chairman of the hospital’s Management Committee, Calvin Brown, says it is a major concern as these persons are occupying beds while there are really sick patients at the accident and emergency department who cannot be accommodated on the wards.



He says attempts to have these wards relocated to infirmaries have been unsuccessful as those facilities are also full.



Brown says the hospital may have no other choice but to turn these people out to save the lives of critically ill patients.



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