Saturday 22 February, 2020

Deyalsingh: Outpatients will not be affected by clinic closures

The closure of four outpatient clinics at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (POSGH) will not disadvantage patients in any way.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh gave the assurance on Tuesday, as he said that affected patients will have their appointments rescheduled.

The Health Ministry last Friday indicated that these clinics would be closed on Tuesday: Medical Outpatients Clinic (MOPC), Surgical Outpatients Clinic (SOPC), Dermatology (Skin) and Gynaecology (GOPC), due to damage to the roof of the Hospital’s records section.  

The Minister said inspection of the damage is taking place on Tuesday, and he would be able to provide a timeframe on when the works could be completed after that exercise is completed.

He acknowledged that there may be some short term inconvenience to patients, but these persons can visit Accident and Emergency Departments at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital and the St James Medical Complex, or any other health facility in their area. 

"Outpatient clinics…are for people who have been discharged and need to return for their checkups to make sure everything is okay, their blood work is good, their blood pressure is good, all their clinical symptoms are good.

So, neither new patients nor existing patients are in any danger. All patients know, in the event of an emergency they present to the Port-of-Spain A&E, the St James A&E or any health facility of their choosing."


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