THA Secretary of Health, Wellness and Social Protection Dr Faith BYisrael has revealed that come Tuesday, June 1st, pediatric and renal services will be available at the Roxborough Hospital.
In response to questions from Minority Leader Kelvon Morris at the sixth sitting of the Assembly Legislature in Scarborough on Thursday, BYisrael said the process that is used to admit new patients into the outpatient clinic at the Roxborough health facility is one that is based on referrals either from the health centres in the district or from individuals who live in the area who currently attend clinics in the Scarborough district.
She added, “In the month of April at the Roxborough Health facility, we had seven new patients who were seen via the gynaecological clinic – ob/gyn. We have two new general medicine patients.
“For May, we had 39 ob/gyn and 16 medicine.”
“Every person who has been referred to the Roxborough health facility thus far has been seen by the professionals in their respective fields.”
She pointed out that the health facility in question was commission over a year ago, while the current administration came into office in December 2021.
“I am sure we all remember that the Prime Minister came up to an opening and since then, we have not been able to provide renal services at the facility.”
BYisrael said, “We’ve been here for close to six months. The dialysis team that has been recruited for the Roxborough health facility has been undergoing training for the last couple weeks…Given that the dialysis machines are brand new and the technology associated with the dialysis machines were actually brand new, they are now ready to start accepting patients that are referred from the dialysis centre at the Bacolet Health Centre to Roxborough from next week.”
She added: “We have been working to ensure that the transition of specialist patients is done in a seamless manner. As a result, there are policies that are currently being developed that speaks to the implementation, that speaks to the actual functioning of each of these specialist clinics at the Roxborough health facility.”
“Pediatricians will be available at the Roxborough facility from June 1 and those referrals are being set up as we speak. Patients from the eastern communities who have been attending specialist outpatient clinics have currently been transferred and they would start seeing nephrology and internal medicines from next week.”
The required health professionals to see these patients, she said, will be available at the facility from that time.