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NHF to provide grant for a new x-ray unit for Princess Margaret Hospital

NHF to provide grant for a new x-ray unit for Princess Margaret Hospital 
The National Health Fund, NHF, has approved funding for the purchase of a new Digital Radiographic X-ray Unit for the Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas. The grant will also cover the cost for refurbishment of the X-Ray Department at the hospital including upgrading of electrical works.

The aging x-ray unit, which is currently in use at the hospital and which is also the only x-ray unit in the parish of St. Thomas, has not been performing at its fullest and this limits the number of patients who can obtain imaging services to approximately 6,300 patients each year. When the new x-ray unit is installed, this will result in the elimination of down time related to reliability and the number of patients receiving services could increase to as much as 8000 patients per year.

In addition Miss Colleen Wright, Acting CEO of the hospital says, “The refurbishing of the X-ray Department and the provision of new equipment will enhance service delivery. This will also boost staff morale as the staff in the X-ray Department are often frustrated by the frequent break down of the old unit.”

The Princess Margaret Hospital has in the past received five grants amounting to $46.7 million from the NHF to effect repairs to the facility, install a new stand-by generator and telephone system and for the construction of perimeter fencing.

Mr. Hugh Lawson CEO at NHF says, “We look forward a timely procurement process which will ensure that the x-ray unit for the Princess Margaret Hospital can be installed in the shortest possible time.”

For further information contact:
Rosemarie Lee, Tel. 906-1106
Shermaine Robotham, Tel. 322- 0809

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