Covid positive patients in Tobago now have their own facility

Covid positive patients in Tobago now have their own facility

The old Scarborough Regional Hospital at Fort King George, Tobago is now completely designated to Covid19 patients.

Medical Chief of Staff at the Scarborough General Hospital, Dr Victor Wheeler, said, when Tobago recorded its first case in March of this year, parts of the Scarborough General Hospital at Signal Hill were used to treat patients.

However, many called for the old Scarborough Regional Hospital to be used to isolate, quarantine and treat Covid positive patients.

Dr Wheeler, speaking at THA’s Covid press briefing on Tuesday, said they have now been able to totally separate the Covid Treatment Center to up on the Fort and at the hospital at Signal Hill.
He said: “We are able to provide the care to all those non-Covid related persons. The only thing that still continues at Signal Hill related to Covid is the Covid ICU, which I must stress is a separate building, which has no direct communication to the rest of the hospital.”

The four refurbished areas at the old Scarborough Regional Hospital at Fort King George are the old Maternity, Geriatric, Surgical and Psychiatric wards.

Dr Wheeler said “The services that are provided at the Covid Treatment Center at the Fort includes services similar to what you would find on a medical ward. We can provide lab tests, X-rays, oxygen, intravenous fluids and we have adequate monitoring of those patients, so it’s essentially the capability of a Medical Ward up at the fort.”

To date, 53 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tobago with one death.

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