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Tufton declares Falmouth operating theatres ready

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMLeon Jackson


Ten years after being constructed as part of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup legacy, the two operating theatres at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny were last week declared fully equipped and ready for use by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

Tufton, who was on a tour of health facilities in western Jamaica, said he was pleased that after so many years without performing the function they were created for, the two theatres are now poised to provide the services for which they were intended.

"We have now completed the necessary repairs ... the flooring has been done, the electrical work is completed and most importantly, the air-conditioning units are now in place," said Tufton. "Needed equipment has been imported from Canada, and the building is now retrofitted and ready. All that is left now is for the building to be sanitised and we are ready to go."

Much to the chagrin of health professionals in the western region, the two theatres, which were projected to be state-of-the-art facilities when ground was broken in 2005, ended up serving as office space and storage areas for several years while the hospital struggled to function with a less-than-adequate operating theatre.

However, in welcoming the readiness of the theatres, Tufton said it was happening at a most opportune time as the region's premier health facility, the Cornwall Regional Hospital, is out of service due to noxious fumes from a faulty air-conditioning vent, which has caused much of its services to be relocated to a nearby church premises.

"With the problems at Cornwall Regional, the opening of the operating theatres will now be a big help to the health system in the region," said Tufton. "The Falmouth Hospital is now a much more equipped facility."

In addition to the theatres, Tufton also noted that the hospital's Intensive Care Unit has got an upgrade, adding another dimension to the facility's operating capacity.