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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT – NHF ASSUMES OPERATION OF 3 PUBLIC HOSPITAL PHARMACIES

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
NHF ASSUMES OPERATION OF 3 PUBLIC HOSPITAL PHARMACIES

The National Health Fund (NHF) has assumed the operations of three hospital pharmacies with the latest being Percy Junor Hospital pharmacy which officially came under NHF management on Monday June 30, 2014. Other pharmacies recently taken over by the NHF are Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Port Maria Hospital pharmacies.

All pharmacies were renovated prior to the official take-over. Renovations included an increase in the number of dispensing windows, expansion or refurbishment of waiting areas, new equipment and the addition of confidential areas to facilitate private consultations between patients and pharmacists.

“The NHF is committed to excellence in customer satisfaction and in the quality delivery of our pharmacy services. Contracts amounting to $37 million were signed for refurbishing of NHF pharmacies, a Pharmacy and Inventory Management System is being installed and new pharmacists employed. These initiatives will provide a more pleasant experience for patients including significant reductions in waiting time, improve working environment for staff and ensure compliance with Pharmacy Council of Jamaica regulations,” says Mr. Everton Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the NHF.

Three other hospital pharmacies are currently undergoing refurbishment: The existing Drug Serv pharmacies at the Black River and May Pen Hospitals and the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) pharmacy, which should be ready for NHF take-over by September 2014.
At the Bustamante Hospital for Children where the waiting area was expanded, patients and hospital staff have expressed delight with the new facility. The number of prescriptions dispensed at the Children’s Hospital pharmacy has increased by 31% percent in comparison to the period before the take-over by NHF on April 4, 2014. Patients have also experienced a considerable reduction in average waiting time at the pharmacy.

For further information contact:

Shermaine Robotham, Acting Public Information Manager
Telephone: 906-1106

 

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