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New elevators to improve care at KPH

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2015 | 7:24 PM
The entrance to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Two new elevators were commissioned into service at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), which are expected to significantly impact the quality of care delivered by the hospital.

Prior, malfunctioning elevators at the facility have severely hampered surgeries and the movement of patients at the largest public hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean.

The elevators are key in transporting patients to the three upper floors of the hospital, which house the operating theatres and intensive care units, as well as the surgical wards.

One other elevator was commissioned at the KPH in March and the health ministry says work is being done on a fourth. The entire project is being undertaken at a cost of J$30 million.

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, who officially commissioned the two new elevators at KPH, informed that J$20 million has been set aside to install elevators at the Spanish Town and National Chest hospitals.