Too many persons are referring themselves to the Accident and Emergency Department of this country’s main healthcare facility, thereby putting a strain on the resources there.
Residents of this country are being urged to use the healthcare facilities in their districts rather than self-referring to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
“It is noted that many persons are self-referring to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, putting a strain on the Accident and Emergency Department of the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital,” Minister of Health, Clayton Burgin said on Saturday.
“Many patients are prepared to make the trip further away for the convenience offered at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital,” he said at a ceremony to officially open the Smart Hospital Project at the Georgetown Hospital.
“I would wish to say here today that with the reopening of this hospital and the Stubbs Polyclinic, they are both available to reduce the burden placed on the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital,” Burgin said.
“And let me emphasise here that the Permanent Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer have embarked on a mission to make this facility and the one at Stubbs and also other rural hospitals and clinic fully functional.
“I am therefore encouraging all citizens to take advantage of the services available at the health clinics and rural hospitals. The Permanent Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer have advised me that several strategies are being implemented to address this problem,” he said.