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Health centres seeing increase in patient visits since extended opening hours – Tufton

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:25 PM
Tufton says more persons visited health centres under the ministry’s extended opening hours programme. – Jermaine Barnaby Photo

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is reporting that 35,000 more persons visited health centres under the ministry’s extended opening hours programme at certain primary healthcare facilities.

Tufton said the increase in patient visits represents an improvement of 17 per cent.

The programme was introduced last May at seven hospitals and health centres across the parish.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, 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 as the 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.

 

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton

He said four more hospitals and health centres will be added to the programme this year.