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Praise for service at Victoria Jubilee

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 5:01 PM


Too often we highlight the faults of the Government and rarely acknowledge the good. The professionalism and services provided by the Government's health-care system at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital has been lambasted, but after undergoing surgery to remove fibroids last year, and after recovering fully and speedily, I have nothing but praise for the staff there.

I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids about two years ago, and I was at my lowest point financially after my position was made redundant. I was very stressed trying to gather together what little I had in my savings accounts to pay for the surgery. I had multiple fibroids both inside and outside my uterine walls, and I was only 30 years old and did not have any children.

I was later informed that the service was offered at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston for free, and I joined the clinic late last year. My first visit was with a Dr Chand, consultant and head of the firm there, who confirmed that I was indeed a candidate for surgery.

In three months, I went back about three times for check-ups. During this time, I met a Dr Garg, senior registrar, who gave me a date for surgery. Honestly, as I waited for the date, I was very nervous, but Dr Garg assured me that it was a common surgery done in Jamaica. Unfortunately, Dr Garg was not available to perform my surgery, but I was equally reassured by a female, Dr Munell. She eased my fears as well.

On the day of the surgery, the nurses on Ward Four worked like ants to get me prepared for surgery. They were very professional, knowledgeable, polite, respectful and really showed passion for their jobs. Much thanks to nurses Miller, Campbell, Cameron, Binns and Joy. A very big thank you for putting up with me and my crying like a baby.

There were also some very wonderful patients there who made my stay better and who helped the nurses to tolerate my annoyance. You are all angels in disguise.

Society complains too often that nothing is being done by the Government or within our public services, but I cannot put myself in that group, even if it seems fancy.

I was served by some of the most wonderful Jamaicans. I was given three meals a day at the hospital, a bed to sleep, and a well-done Caesarean cut, and medication to take home. This was all at no cost to me, and the biggest part is that I got to keep my savings. We are doing well for a Third-World country.