Sen. Carlos James and Minister of Health, Sen. Luke Browne, centre, make donation to family nurse practitioner, Judy Haywood, 2nd from right, Senior Nursing Officer Cecile James-Samuel, left, and Chateaubelair district doctor, Francis Murray — at right.

Staff and patients at the Chateaubelair Hospital will be more comfortable thanks to a donation of medical supplies and a new Smart Hospital earmarked for construction in the North Leeward constituency.

The donation of medical supplies was made by government senator and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Carlos James, at a consultation with health officials and residents this month at the Chateaubelair Learning Resource.

James said the donation was timely as the health ministry makes final preparations to relocate the hospital to a nearby resource centre to commence the retrofitting of the hospital into a new smart healthcare facility.

The donation, which included four high-velocity electric fans, boxes of adult pampers, an electric oxygen tank, diabetic machines and strips, bedpans, and urinals among other medical supplies, was made possible through James’ philanthropic efforts and donor partners, including CARIMEDIX in Kingstown.

“In a few months the Chateaubelair hospital will be temporarily relocated and I thought the donation was necessary to make both the staff and the patients more comfortable during the transition,” James said.

He said the residents of North Leeward are pleased with the transformation of the hospital into a state of the art medical facility.

The Chateaubelair Smart Hospital project, which is funded by UKAID and implemented by the Pan-American Health Organisation, will be retrofitted with solar panels for renewable energy, rain harvesting tanks as well as improved functional sections for staff and patients, new maternity and pediatric wards, a pharmacy, dental and doctors stations and restrooms for the public.

James noted that this project is a welcomed initiative and thanked the personnel at the ministry of health for its quick implementation.

“Just over a year ago we spoke of plans for a Smart Hospital in the North Leeward constituency and I am pleased to see its implementation. We have a hardworking team at the Ministry of Health headed by Luke Browne and an equally strong focal point team from PAHO who are delivering this project to the people of North Leeward,” Senator James said.

James noted that the new smart hospital is part of the government’s plan to improve the delivery of healthcare nationally and North Leeward is not being left out of the mix.

The Ministry of Health has recently completed a doctor’s quarters in North Leeward as part of its overall policy to improve health facilities in the country.

The smart hospital facility is being constructed at cost of some EC$1.6 million dollars.

3 replies on “Medical supplies, smart hospital for North Leeward”

  1. Why do I believe there is an election pending? Ralph releasing criminals, youths being promised full employment and Starker’s promise of 1000 jobs at Peters Hope with news of a new resort in that Location. Something is up! I can smell it in the air. I think I know what it is, but I’ll keep it to myself for now.

    1. May I ask you if you are related to the dearly departed Ena Palmer who lived alone near the police station in Layou and was married to an estranged husband who had migrated to Guyana many years before. She had a nurse daughter, maybe from the same man, who died in Canada and was brought home for a tearful funeral which I happened to attend.

      Just asking because I knew this kind and gentle lady because I worked as a government inspector in the whole Leeward area during the late 1960s and early 1970s before I went overseas for my post-secondary school education and often kept some of my gear at the police station close to her home.

  2. Yes, Skeckpalmer, the ULP is determined to recapture this winnable seat. I wonder how much of this stuff would have been better used in the Kingstown hospital or was even comandeering from Kingstown to reap votes here.

    Nothing, nothing I say, that Ralph ever commands has any other function than gaining or retaining political power.

    As for the villas at Mt. Wynne, I emailed the developers in Toronto expressing interest in purchasing one of them and up to now they haven’t even farted pon I-man with a response. What does this say, bruds?

    P.S.: I love your hometown of Layou but hate the way Layou people have treated it as a giant latrine.

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