Gov't cutting waiting time for surgical operations at UHWI
Persons needing non-emergency surgical operations at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) are expected to see a reduction in the waiting time for their operations.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton today launched the extended surgery hours project at the hospital, which will see operating hours going up to 10 o’clock at nights.
This is a change from the 4:30 p.m. cut-off time.
Tufton said the extended system has been in place since October and since then there have been improvements in the numbers of operations being conducted.
He said it is the health ministry’s intention to have extended surgery hours at other health facilities across the island.
The health minister disclosed that about 66,000 surgeries are performed in the public health systems per year.
According to Tufton, about 10,000 of those surgeries happen at UHWI.
He says there’s a backlog of over 2,000 patients awaiting surgeries at public hospitals that would happen between three months and two years.
Tufton says the Government wants have three months as the standard wait time.
Chairman of the Board of the UHWI, James Moss-Solomon, disclosed that since the start of the calendar year, approximately $800 million has been spent on acquiring or upgrading major equipment at the hospital.