Wait time for outpatients at New Amsterdam Hospital reduced

─New outpatient facility commissioned

─outpatient, A&E services separated

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, January 25, 2020

The wait time for outpatient services at the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital (NARH) has been vastly reduced.

This comes as a new outpatient facility was commissioned today by the Health Minister Hon. Volda Lawrence who remarked that it augers well for health services in Region Six as it leads to more effective and efficient healthcare delivery.

“I have been made to understand that the queues are a thing of the past, the waiting time significantly less and of course the service much improved. The MoPH believe that our people deserve the best and that will continue to be the path that the ministry will relentlessly pursue to ensure a better life for all our citizens,” the minister said.

In 2005 when the new NARH was opened, both the Outpatient and Accident and Emergency units were housed in the same space with the same staff tending to two different types of patients.

Medical Superintendent of NARH, Dr. Vasana Henry outlined that this new unit will significantly reduce patient build-up, reducing the previously experienced waiting time in half. Also, the two departments can concentrate on their respective cases.

“Particularly at Accident and Emergency, they can now focus on actual emergency services which is their priority,” Dr Henry noted.

The outpatient department is adequately staffed with eight medical personnel who will extend the service six days a week. Meanwhile, the A&E will continue to function on a 24-hour basis.

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