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Mandeville hospital gets state-of-the-art equipment

Published:Saturday | May 8, 2021 | 12:20 AM

The Mandeville Regional Hospital’s (MRH) Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department in Manchester has received rigid laryngoscopes, chest support unit and biopsy faucets equipment valued at $1.5 million to detect and treat laryngeal cancers, the sixth most common cancer in men.

The donation was made to the ENT department on Thursday at the MRH by the Manchester Wellness Foundation, which has adopted the ENT department. The foundation donates millions for purchasing well needed equipment and instruments for the hospital annually.

ENT consultant at the hospital, Dr Andrew Manning, explained that persons would have to travel to either Kingston or Montego Bay to access these services; however, with the acquisition of the state-of-the-art equipment, the services will now be available to central Jamaica.

“If you detect laryngeal cancer you can save someone’s life without having to resort to major surgery. If you don’t catch it early enough it’s quite debilitating and presents the person with severe difficulties, for example, if the mass grows to a certain size you won’t be able to breathe. We actually do laryngoscopy here (MRH), but we have been using older equipment for some time. This equipment represents state-of-the-art, modern equipment and we are able to use it with some other bits of equipment that we had before,” Manning explained.

“To put it into perspective, if someone presents to us with certain symptoms, persistent hoarseness being the main symptom, we are able to see that patient, take that patient to theatre and under general anaesthesia we can safely do a biopsy and send it to the pathologist and confirm the diagnosis. If we catch it early enough, say stage one or two, we can send the patient either to Montego Bay or Kingston and the Government has recently acquired a linear accelerator so we can treat these patients with minimum morbidity and treat it at an early stage, so you are saving that person a lot of trauma,” Manning added.


The ENT consultant pointed out that having the service at the hospital will cut down on the waiting times in the public system, adding that “once you can make the diagnosis early you should be able to treat more persons early. If you treat somebody with radiotherapy it means you don’t have to have a major surgery and that person doesn’t have to come into hospital and stay in bed and use up a lot of oxygen and anaesthesia, so all of this helps towards that”.

CEO for the hospital, Alwyn Miller, thanked the Manchester Wellness Foundation, noting that without their intervention it would have been unlikely for the hospital to procure the equipment on its own.