Friday 20 September, 2019

NCRHA contends “accident victim received world-class care at Mt Hope”

The North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) is today disputing a media report which outlined an accident victim’s account of poor treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

Khemraj Ramgohan, 62, was one of the victims of a deadly vehicular accident involving a Public Transport Service Corporation bus and a truck transporting bottled water.

On Saturday, a local newspaper published an account from Ramgohan’s wife, who said her husband was receiving substandard care at the institution. The media house indicated that attempts to reach the CEO of the NCRHA Davlin Thomas were unsuccessful.

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In a release today, the NCRHA disputed the details of the story, saying Ramgohan received ‘world-class care” at the hospital.

Corporate Communications Manager of the NCRHA, Peter Neptune, said that the patient arrived at the Accident and Emergency Department at 1:12 pm on Tuesday and within six minutes was seen by a Senior Registrar and several specialist medical teams in the Trauma unit.

According to Neptune, by 1:20 pm the patient had received an x-ray, blood was drawn for tests, he was medicated and a CT scan was obtained the same day.

The release says that at 4:15 pm Ramgohan was again reviewed by the hospital’s Specialist Surgery Team and the Eye Surgery Unit, remained under observation overnight and was reviewed at 8:40 am on Wednesday.

Neptune said that during Ramgohan’s stay, the patient was seen by specialists from Ophthalmology, ENT, General Surgery and he had CT scans performed on his head, abdomen and pelvis to determine the extent of his injuries. The hospital reportedly also conducted blood tests to determine kidney function, blood count, electrolytes, blood gases, and blood sugar levels to determine his responses to staff’s care.

The NCRHA argued that the patient was under the close care of a Senior Specialist Surgeon who ensured that his initial recovery was progressing according to schedule and said they had been advised that the patient was very appreciative of the care performed by the medical team and that he had expressed this sentiment to the hospital staff.

The release said Ramgohan was discharged to continue his healing at home after receiving care from the hospital’s trauma and clinical teams.

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