Wednesday 22 May, 2019

NCRHA launches Wound Care Clinic

Dr Vishwanath Partapsingh, Chief Medical Officer (Ag) (second from right) makes a point to patients and the medical team while on tour of the new Arima Wound Care Clinic. Looking on is General Manager Primary Care, Dr Abdul Hamid and Deputy Chairman of the NCRHA, Elvin Edwards.

Dr Vishwanath Partapsingh, Chief Medical Officer (Ag) (second from right) makes a point to patients and the medical team while on tour of the new Arima Wound Care Clinic. Looking on is General Manager Primary Care, Dr Abdul Hamid and Deputy Chairman of the NCRHA, Elvin Edwards.

The North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) officially launched its Wound Care Clinic at the Arima District Health Facility on February 16.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Vishwanath Partapsingh from the Ministry of Health was present to officially open the centre.

The centre, which was initially established in January 2018, has seen over 6290 visitors. Of that total figure, 2801 of those visits have come since the clinic was upgraded in August last year.

The centre has also recorded 65 successful surgical procedures. The initiative, piloted as a primary care project, is intended to respond to the need for specialized care for patients with hard to heal wounds as a result of diabetes and/or other NCDs with the use of the latest medical technology, equipment and methods.

At the centre, the service includes access to wound care consultant doctors, specially trained nurses, dietitians, surgeons, social workers and related support for holistic care.

Recently discharged wound care patient, Phedelis Gordon made a passionate description of her experience at the clinic saying that the decision to join the clinic changed her life. She was especially pleased with the compassion shown by the nurses “who often went out of their way to help me and the other patients in the clinic – they urged you on to support the healing process.”

“I was reluctant to leave my house as the pain and feeling of despair took over. I felt like the wound would never heal and I believed this situation will be with me for the rest of my life,” she added.

“The team took care of me from the moment I walked in, and I soon realized that there were many things in my lifestyle that prevented the wound from healing. Apart from the nurses, the dietitian and doctor also provide the advice I needed to turn around the wound. It wasn’t just about keeping it clean and changing the dressing, but I also had to eat right, take my medicine and change some habits I had picked up in life. From then on the change was almost immediate, and I started to see positive changes in the wound within days,” said Gordon.

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh commended the NCRHA on their hard work and commitment to ensure that the project commenced successfully. He also cited the positive implications the centre will have on a national level, as this type of primary care intervention is expected to realize a reduction in the number of persons needing to access emergency services at our major hospitals – especially for patients needing amputations.

Chief Executive Officer of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA), Davlin Thomas underscored the sentiments of the Chief Medical Officer. Thomas said: “The NCRHA, through the Centre has taken up the mantle to engage the health care system by aggressively addressing wounds, thus reducing the need for amputations and urgent emergency care later on, as a result of medical complications progressing to chronic stages. We are encouraging citizens to make use of these services. With the state of the art equipment and well-trained staff... we are ready to serve you.”

NCRHA Chairman, Steve De Las, expressed his delight at seeing the project come to fruition and have an almost instantaneous impact. He highlighted the dedication and efforts of the NCRHA Executive Management team, doctors, nursing personnel, administrative staff and auxiliary staff as being influential to the undertaking of this project. He thanked them for availing themselves yet again to ensuring that the Authority was able to take another progressive step in making the healthcare experience for patients so much better.

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