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St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital refurbishes restrooms

Published:Friday | June 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

St Ann's Bay, St Ann:

THE NORTH East Regional Health Authority has said defective basins in bathrooms at the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital, a situation highlighted by a patient in a photograph sent to The Gleaner recently, are being replaced.

In an email to The Gleaner last week, a patient on the male surgical ward had complained that the restroom on the ward was not being properly maintained. To support his claim, the patient attached a photograph of a counter with two basins that showed sections of the counter deteriorating and one of the basins actually falling through.

In an email response to The Gleaner enquiries on Wednesday, acting regional public relations and advocacy officer, Shauna Llewellyn-Gordon, said the area identified in the photograph is currently being repaired.

On a drive to replace

"We have recognised that water basins supported by wooden structures are prone to water damage, patient misuse and are generally not ideal for the hospital setting," Llewellyn-Gordon explained.

She added: "We have been on a drive to replace all wooden water basin areas with hard surface and wall hung basins. To date, we have replaced key areas on specific wards and some general public areas at the facility. Maintenance practices at the facility involve inspection of the facility once per month by maintenance personnel and management."

Just last month, members of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Ocho Rios/Runaway Bay chapter, spent Labour Day doing refurbishing work on the children's ward at St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

With Gran Bahia Principe hotel contributing more than 90 per cent of the work, a total rehabilitation was done, to include extensive repairs to the bathrooms, focusing on plumbing and tiling.

Several other areas benefited from painting, including the accident and emergency, outpatient department, and laundry area.

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