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Cardiac centre for children’s hospital this April

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The Bustamante Hospital for Children.

The cardiac centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, St Andrew, will be opened in April.

"Children are dying because we don't have enough space, we don't have enough ICU beds, we don't have enough facility to carry out operations on these 'angels' who would have survived normally, if they had access to good cardiac care," state Minister of Health Horace Dalley, at the ground breaking for a new state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre at the St. Joseph's Hospital on Thursday.

The Minister informed that chairman of the National Health Fund, Sterling Soares, will head the team to carry out the work of activities necessary for the official opening.

Upon completion, the multi-million dollar facility, which is a public-private partnership, will be the first of its kind in the region.

The cardiac centre is designed to offer full surgical and after-care service with a 10-bed intensive care unit, operating theatre and catheter lab. It will also offer specialised training for surgeons, nurses and other paediatric cardiac personnel, as well as conduct research.

Established in 1963, the Bustamante Hospital for Children is the only paediatric hospital in the English speaking Caribbean, catering to children from birth to 12 years of age.