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VICTORIA JUBILEE HOSPITAL RECEIVES FUNDS FROM NHF TO UPGRADE & MODERNISE 4 ELEVATORS

VICTORIA JUBILEE HOSPITAL RECEIVES FUNDS FROM NHF TO UPGRADE & MODERNISE 4 ELEVATORS

The National Health Fund (NHF) has approved a grant of US$339,000 to complete the upgrading and modernisation of four elevators at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH), in Kingston.

One of the four elevators has already been completed and is running well, work on a second is underway and work on the other two elevators will commence as soon as materials arrive in the island.

Senior Medical Officer at the VJH, Dr. Rudolph Stevens said, “We actually had a welcome party for the new elevator, the staff was really happy to have an elevator providing full-time service. It has eased the burden on our operations at the hospital tremendously thereby improving our efficiency and patient services. We look forward to the completion of the other three elevators.”

The elevators are an essential part of hospital operations, especially during emergencies transferring patients to and from operating theatres and generally are used to transport patients and staff, medical supplies, drugs and food.

The elevators at VJH, which have been servicing the hospital for over 30 years, have been a source of problems for many years, as frequent breakdowns interfered with the delivery of services at the institution. Mr. Horace Buckley, Operations Manager for the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), notes that all major equipment such as the elevators at VJH have been put on a preventative maintenance programme and breakdowns have been reduced. He however looks forward to the renovation of the other elevators at VJH in order to improve the smooth functioning of the facility.

Work on this NHF sponsored project at VJH is being undertaken by Essex Elevator Company.

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