Tufton reports 17 per cent increase in patient visits under extended opening hours programme
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is reporting that an additional 35,000 people have visited health centres under the ministry’s programme of extended opening hours at certain primary health care facilities.
Tufton said the increase in patient visits is equivalent to a 17 per cent jump over the usual hours.
The extended opening hours programme was introduced last year May at seven hospitals and health centres.
Speaking in Parliament this afternoon, Tufton explained that persons with non-emergency cases who turned up at Kingston Public, Spanish Town, St Ann’s Bay, Cornwall Regional and Mandeville hospitals as well Bustamante Hospital for Children, were transferred to nearby health centres.
He stated on average, opening hours were extended by four hours and additional services were introduced at the health centres.
Tufton said four more hospitals and health centres will be added to the programme this year.