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NEW DRUG SERV PHARMACY OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE BUSTAMANTE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN VALUED AT $70M AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE HOSPITAL

07/07/2021

THE NATIONAL HEALTH FUND

NEW DRUG SERV PHARMACY OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE BUSTAMANTE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN VALUED AT $70M AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE HOSPITAL

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KINGSTON, Jamaica … July 12, 2021 – The new Drug Serv Pharmacy at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston was officially opened on Wednesday, June 7, 2021, by Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and the Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton.  

Ground was also broken for a Parent Overnight Suite and Paediatric Cardiac Ward as part of the overall development plan for the Bustamante Hospital for Children that will transform the facility and improve patient care and client satisfaction.

Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, in his keynote address said, “There is a great sense of fulfilment in announcing these redevelopment plans. The development and implementation of this new master plan continues to revitalize and improve on existing hospital infrastructure which overtime has been significantly upgraded,”

Also speaking at the event, Minister Tufton explained that the 18 room Parent Overnight Suite will allow parents to stay on property comfortably while their children receive treatment. “What we are doing here today is timely because it captures a recognition of the needs in the society for our young people and the approach has to be both preventative and curative.”

 The new Drug Serv Pharmacy, which serves approximately 8,000 clients monthly, is now equipped with increased dispensing windows for timely processing of prescriptions and a pleasant and welcoming environment for patients as well as staff.  Additionally, a sterile room is now available and a manufacturing room which is a specialized service that caters to the needs of children. At a cost of $70M, the pharmacy was designed to meet the Pharmacy Council Standards and International and Local Building Code (2019). 

The Bustamante Hospital for Children caters to patients from birth to 12 years, providing a comprehensive range of diagnostic, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and ambulatory services offered in paediatric medical and surgical specialities and sub-specialities. 

The NHF is providing additional funding in the amount of $ 120 million towards the construction of the Parent Overnight Suite and Paediatric Cardiac Ward. The infrastructural development is being undertaken with several partners including the South East Regional Health Authority, the National Housing Trust and the management team of the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

 

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