Modern trauma centre for GPHC

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The government is currently in discussions with development partners for the building of a modern trauma centre at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.

This is according to Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan who in his Budget Speech said, “We will be seeking to make a significant improvement to the national referral hospital – Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation – as the construction of a new Accident and Emergency facility can no longer be delayed.”

This highly anticipated upgrade will allow for the better management of emergency cases, including addressing patient flow, isolation and capacity.

The Georgetown Public Hospital over the years has seen reports of overcrowding and excessive waiting times among other issues.

With the introduction of specialised emergency medicine, and a collaboration with the Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA, the Accident and Emergency unit of the GPHC has made strides to ensure that all patients receive prompt medical attention. Also, it has been ensured that staff are trained to deal with patient load, while specialists are in place to render services.

A recent report has indicated that there has been a reduction in the waiting period at the A&E department compared to just two years ago. Initially, overcrowding and a lack of nurses were factors in the long waiting period.

However, for staff working in this unit to function optimally along with having patients acquiring the requisite level of care, the proposed unit will be most welcome.

Delicia Haynes

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