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TWO ST. MARY HEALTH CENTRES GET $8.7 M NHF GRANTS TO IMPROVE SERVICE

TWO ST. MARY HEALTH CENTRES GET $8.7 M NHF GRANTS TO IMPROVE SERVICE

Two health centres in St. Mary, the Jeffrey Town and Windsor Castle Health Centres are to receive a total grant of $8.7 million from the National Health Fund to provide them with new furniture and equipment. This will improve health care services to approximately 9,000 residents in the parish, who use these health centres.

The Windsor Castle Health Centre is a Type 2 Centre that caters to the elderly and mothers attending for antenatal and postnatal care. Dr. Isaac Brown, Parish Manager for St. Mary says, “The new equipment and furniture, including chairs, will have a tremendous impact on service, as often patients have to stand and wait to be seen because there are not sufficient seats for patients and staff.” The NHF funding of $6.9 million for the Windsor Castle Health Centre will also provide for painting of the new building.

The Jeffrey Town Health Centre will be moving into a new facility in early 2010, built with funds from other donors. Dr. Brown says, “The $1.6 million from the NHF for furniture and medical equipment, will complete the transformation of this facility and enable the expansion of services for family health and provide for a more comfortable environment for patients and staff.”

Earlier this year in April, the NHF approved $300 million for the general refurbishing of 115 Health Centres across the Island. The grants from the NHF for these two health centres in St. Mary, bring the total number of centres receiving approval for NHF grants in 2009 to one hundred and seventeen (117) and the grant approved to $308.7 million. Approximately $37.4 million has been disbursed since then with work completed in at least five facilities.

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