Sunday 17 February, 2019

Health services praised for highway crash response

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh responds to questions from the media at the Post Cabinet media briefing on February 7, 2019.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh responds to questions from the media at the Post Cabinet media briefing on February 7, 2019.

The “seamless” response by the accident and emergency department at the Mt Hope Hospital and emergency health services following a tragic accident along the Uriah Butler Highway in Charlieville has come in for high praise by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

Speaking at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday, the Minister extended condolences to the families of the two women who were killed when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a delivery truck on Tuesday.

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He credited the “phenomenal achievement” to recent upgrades by the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) which were only completed two weeks ago and the presence of nine ambulances on hand following Tuesday's accident.

Deyalsingh revealed that these upgrades began last August as a means of preparing for any eventuality.

“I insisted to the board of the North Central Regional Health Authority that they significantly upgrade and expand their A&E department.

That expansion and upgrade coincidentally finished two weeks ago. It is because of that extra capacity which I instigated in August, we were able to treat with a surge of 20 to 25 (patients) with varying degrees of seriousness without missing a beat, and without keeping back the regular patients from A&E.”

He congratulated the staff at the A&E department for treating with the influx of patients “fantastically well”.

“All patients were triaged, all patients were treated and all patients who needed to be warded were warded. It was just a testimony to forward thinking from August last year to increase the A&E capacity and having the emergency systems on the road.”

He said Tuesday was a litmus test for the newly upgraded facilities, proving that staff was equipped to handle increased capacity.

Deyalsingh said the new processes and procedures worked seamlessly and he was “very proud” of the health response of which, he noted, there was no negative reporting.

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