Valerie Dixon, Contributor
THE MANCHESTER Wellness Foundation (MANWELL) has answered the clarion call to assist with training nurses and doctors at the Mandeville Regional Hospital to use a cardiac monitor along with an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine to treat patients who have suffered acute cardiac events such as heart attacks.
In addition, MANWELL handed over three state-of-the-art stretchers to the Mandeville Regional Hospital and a proctosigmoidoscope to the Percy Junor Hospital. In thanking the foundation for these gifts, Senior Medical Officer Dr Hopeton Falconer said there was great need for the equipment as it would enable medical personnel to better treat and monitor patients with various types of heart problems.
Falconer said that special training to use the machines was required and that he was very thankful and grateful that MANWELL had stepped forward and donated funds that would allow additional nurses and doctors to participate in the special training programmes.
Doctors and nurses, who benefited from the weekend courses, were exposed to the Advanced Cardiac Life Support, which trains medical personnel to resuscitate patients who have had a cardiac arrest, as well as in the interpretation of electrocardiograms in an emergency setting. MANWELL's funds will also be used for training more nurses required for the monitoring of cardiac patients on the wards.
In explaining the purpose of the sigmoidoscope that was presented to the Percy Junor Hospital, Falconer said that the instrument would enable doctors to examine the lower part of the large intestine from the rectum to the sigmoid colon for detection of certain pathologies such as polyps (small lumps), as well as other tumours that might be cancerous.
GRATEFUL FOR HELP
Chief executive officer of the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Alwyn Miller, led guests on a tour of the hospital where a treatment centre has been established to care specifically for patients suffering heart attacks and other acute cardiac events. He thanked MANWELL for making the centre a reality.
CEO of the Percy Junor Hospital, Earl McLaughlin, in expressing appreciation for the Sigmoidoscope, noted that the doctors would now be able to make more accurate diagnoses of patients who might present with symptoms that could represent a variety of diseases, which might be malignant.
In her her remarks, MANWELL chairman, Alicia James, disclosed that since its inception in 2003, the foundation had donated over $6.5 million in equipment, cash, and kind to hospitals, and other health facilities throughout Manchester. To be able to afford donations, the foundation stages an annual fund-raising event called 'Let's Eat and Dance'. This year, it will be held at the Ingleside Wellness Centre (formerly Badminton Club) on Saturday, November 3. Tickets are available from the directors.
The foundation also gives back to the community as it hosts an annual free health fair which, this year, will be held on the Mandeville Greens today. All major health tests will be available, along with the giving away of many prizes and surprises.
The directors of the Manchester Wellness Foundation are Chairman Alicia James, Carolgene Williams, Danny Lewis, Myrna Bailey, Fay Heaven, Valerie Dixon, Dr Carol Burrell, Janice Henry, Herschell Ismail, Diana McIntyre-Pike, and Jean Caesar-Brown. Associate directors are Mark Pike and Fay Petgrave.