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CRH’s radiotherapy unit almost ready

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 8:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Cornwall Regional Hospital

WESTERN BUREAU:

As rehabilitative work continues to progress at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, the major focus at this time is on the radiotherapy unit, which is needed to provide critical services to cancer patients.

In an interview with The Gleaner on Friday, Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, the regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), said that the radiotherapy unit, which provides chemotherapy and radiotherapy services, was pinpointed in discussions with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as a priority area for restoration.

"The UNOPS team has identified, through our internal discussions, the priority areas we are going to be dealing with, and we have deemed radiotherapy as majorly important to get back on stream. We have done mould remediation in that whole unit and we are installing some split AC units. We expect to complete that work in the next 72 hours," said Douglas.

 

Critical work

 

The WRHA director also said that other critical work to be completed at the Mt Salem-based type-A facility includes remediation work for the fifth floor's operating theatres, and restoration of the sixth floor to restore the nursery, which is currently housed on the seventh floor.

"In conjunction with the theatre remediation on the fifth floor, we are going to work on the sixth floor to bring it back to a more usable state for the nursery to return," said Douglas.

In January, several departments on the CRH's first three floors had to be relocated due to noxious fumes. Investigations by the health ministry and the Pan American Health Organization subsequently identified the facility's ventilation system as the source of the fumes.

In June, the nursery had to be relocated from the sixth floor after nurses who were stationed there complained of feeling ill due to the fumes.