Home » Kingston Public Hospital in Jamaica Gets Two New Elevators
In a significant effort to improve the quality of care, two new elevators have been commissioned into service at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in Jamaica by the Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson. Earlier, chronic elevator woes had triggered multiple surgery cancellations and affected movement of patients at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), which is the largest trauma-care hospital in Jamaica.
Elevators play a key role in transporting patients to the three upper floors of KPH, which house the operating theatres, ICUs as well as the surgical wards. However, the surgical operations and the movement of patients at the KPH have been severely hampered since last June due to the breakdown of the hospitals main elevator and the malfunctioning of the others. Only a small number of patients were able to climb the stairways to the operating theatre, while patients in wheelchairs were lifted by porters over a flight of stairs. The malfunctioning of the elevator even forced the hospital to cease elective surgeries and focus only on emergencies.
Commissioning the new system Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson said, “I think the country is well aware of the issues we had in the past with a number of complaints coming in from our medical staff, so we are very happy to have Elevator one and Elevator three today”.
One other elevator was commissioned at the KPH in March and work is being done on a fourth. The whole project is being undertaken at a total cost of J$30 million. In addition, J$20 million has been set aside to install elevators at the Spanish Town and National Chest hospitals.
According to the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), the lift malfunctioning at the KPH was one of the key factors affecting the total delivery of healthcare. The commissioning of the new elevators now helps the hospital to deliver better quality care.
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