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NHF FUNDS HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT AT UHWI – Modernising The Labour And Delivery Ward

NHF FUNDS HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT AT UHWI – Modernising The Labour And Delivery Ward

Some two hundred and fifty women with high-risk pregnancies, who seek obstetric services at the Labour and Delivery Ward of the University Hospital of The West Indies (UHWI), each year, will soon have access to a High Dependency Unit which will improve the delivery of services in the event of serious complications surrounding the delivery of their babies. The National Health Fund, NHF provided a grant of ten million dollars ($10M) to the Friends of Labour and Delivery Limited, (F.O.L.D.), to procure and install the medical equipment necessary to establish the Unit. F.O.L.D. is an approved charitable organisation dedicated to providing the medical equipment and support services necessary, to meet the needs of maternity patients at the UHWI.

Among the women to benefit from the establishment of the unit are those patients with severe hypertension, diabetes, sickle cell disease, cardiac disease, various autoimmune disorders and other potentially life threatening illnesses. Dr. Leslie Samuels, Consultant Obstetrician at UHWI and Chairman of F.O.L.D. says, “While the majority of these women do well there are quite a few who require the services of a high dependency unit to ensure a good outcome.”

He notes “The time of highest risk is usually the period just before, during and after delivery, and the establishment of this Unit gives us the ability to perform all necessary investigations and treatments during this critical time frame.”

In addition Dr. Samuels says, “The Unit will also benefit the large number of medical students, nursing students, pupil midwives and post graduate students who will be able to practise medicine at a level which will be comparable to that seen in developed countries.”

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