Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Courts Jamaica Limited, in association with the Negril International Hospital and through the partnership of Governor General Sir Patrick and Lady Allen, recently donated a little under $2 million dollars worth of much-needed equipment to the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, Clarendon.
Earl McLaughlin, chief executive officer of the hospital, said the presentations will advance their services tremendously and improve efficiency.
"This donation will go a far way to improve the services we offer; we have been in need for years and, with the coagulation machine, we can now accommodate more persons needing that service instead of sending them to Mandeville," said McLaughlin.
The donation includes: one coagulation machine, one laboratory microscope, two blood pressure machines, one foetal Doppler machine, one pulse oximeter, and a few suction machines.
Spirit of giving
Sir Patrick lauded the efforts of the hospital from its inception to the present, saying: "The spirit of giving has been a blessing, not only to the parish of Manchester, as residents in the parishes of Clarendon, St Ann, and Trelawny are among the 250,000 persons who access the general medical, surgical, X-ray, gynaecology, and paediatric services of the hospital."
With tragic accidents on the rise in the area, the hospital, which is now operating its Accident and Emergency ( A&E) Department in a 940 square foot space, has broken ground for a new A&E department. The project is expected to cost $330 million dollars.