Skeldon Hospital offers expanded and specialised services

DPI, Guyana, Friday, June 8, 2018

The Skeldon Hospital is undergoing continuous upgrades to offer improved health care and specialized services to more patients.

The hospital has a catchment area of 45,000 people and recently has seen an increase in patients coming from Suriname.

In a visit to the East Berbice corridor this week, Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings along with Director of Regional and Clinical Health Services, Dr. Kay Shako visited several health facilities and noted the need for more manpower.

Jevaughn Stephen, Director of Health Services, Region Six told the Department of Public Information (DPI), “we are looking at human resource very closely…because we want to ensure that we have sufficient staff to cater to improved and enhanced services and also more persons visiting the health facility.”

As for specialised services Skeldon offers treatment in the fields of angiology, endocrinology, dermatology and psychiatry, and Stevens says the region is working closely with the central ministry to have resident doctors offering these services on a daily basis.

Minister Cummings also revealed during her visit that, “In the near future at Skeldon we will be having an operating theatre there….” Careful steps are being taken to have the theatre built to specification in 2019. Previously, a building was constructed for this purpose but did not meet the necessary specifications. The pharmacy and waiting area have been relocated and repairs made to the ultra sound department and nurses’ quarters.

By: Delicia Haynes.

Images: Leon Leung.