GPHC main pharmacy, records department to be relocated

DPI, Guyana, Friday, December 7, 2018

The Georgetown Public Hospital will be receiving a sum of $524.6M from the 2019 budget most of which will go towards several projects which will commence in the new year.

One of the main projects high on the sector’s agenda is the construction of a four-storey building within the hospital’s complex which will house the hospital’s main pharmacy and the medical records department.

The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.

According to Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence in her 2019 budget debate presentation, “this will allow the Corporation to commence and roll out the Health Management Information Systems (GHIS) across the hospital.”

The GHIS which is currently being piloted at the East La Penitence Health Centre is the government’s first step towards creating paperless health facilities while capturing, storing, managing or transmitting health information and data of persons within the health system.

Among other items on the hospital’s budgetary agenda is the completion and furnishing of the Waterloo Street staff quarters. This will provide a better living arrangement for GHPC staff needing to stay at the facility.

Also, slated is the rehabilitation and extension of the pre and post-natal maternity wards (old building) and the upgrade and transformation of the mental health clinic at the GPHC into a mental health ward.

The Minister added that there will be the construction of a trauma centre which will facilitate the upgrade of the existing Accident and Emergency Unit. The government is currently in discussions with development partners to facilitate this aspect.

This new trauma centre will make a way for an increase in the number of in-patient ward space, with the bed capacity at the GPHC increasing from 483 to 1000; more outpatient clinic space and an increase in the number of theatres from five to 12 including two separate theatres for Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

Delicia Haynes.

Images: Jameel Mohamed.

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