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Multimillion-dollar operating theatres at Falmouth Hospital being used for office space

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer



TRELAWNY, Jamaica:

The new state-of-the-art operating theaters at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny are currently being used as office space for the chief executive officer and acting matron while surgical procedures are carried out in a run-down surgery room built in 1954.




The theatres were built to coincide with the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup and were constructed at a cost of $350 million.



Former Member of Parliament for North Trelawny Wendell Stewart claims that to date the two new operating theaters have not been used to service patients.



Wendell adds that the facility is being used for administrative purposes and areas like the anesthesia room are being used for storage.



When The Gleaner visited the facility last Thursday, the news team was told that acting CEO Marcia Clarke was on sick leave.



Julian Mullings, the acting administrator, who also utilises part of the theater as an office, was unwilling to speak on the matter.



Last January, the Western Regional Health Authority was forced to suspend surgery at the Falmouth Hospital to facilitate what he said was to facilitate much-needed repairs to the old operating theater.



While operations have resumed in the old facility, members of staff are not impressed with the working conditions.



A medial doctor at the hospital, who asked not to be named, said the current situation is a poor utilisation of space and is not in the best interest of providing service to patients.



And the doctor pointed out that whenever it rains the operating theater that is now being used is flooded.



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