Falmouth field hospital on track for November 30 opening

October 30, 2020
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, addresses public health officials at a Parish Management and Vector Control meeting, held at the Falmouth Hospital on Thursday, October 29.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says the field hospital being erected on the grounds of the Falmouth Public General Hospital in Trelawny, is on track for completion by November 30.

The 36-bed facility, is one of four field hospitals being established across the island to provide 152 additional bed spaces to facilitate the treatment of persons with COVID-19.

The first field hospital has already been erected at the National Chest Hospital, with the St. Joseph's Hospital set to be the second ground in the Corporate area to receive one.

A second 36-bed facility will also be based at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester.

Speaking to journalists during a visit to the Falmouth Hospital on Thursday, Dr. Tufton informed that the foundation for the field hospital has been completed, despite setbacks caused by heavy rains that have been affecting the parish.

Dr. Tufton broke ground for the establishment of the facility on Friday, September 25.

“I came to take a quick look at the additional ward that is being created for COVID-19. As you can see, the foundation is in place. We have a lot of issues in terms of the rain. I am told that the rain comes daily and it has somewhat slowed down the process. I understand from the contractor and the medical team here that the project is still on target for the end of November, at which point the internals will be put in place,” he noted.

He further informed that the facility will be outfitted with the necessary equipment and properly staffed to respond to the coronavirus.

“It’s a 36-bed facility with all the other supporting infrastructure and will add significant capacity to the Falmouth Hospital for COVID-19 treatment and COVID-19 response,” he said.

Additionally, Dr. Tufton pointed out that seven COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalised at the Falmouth Hospital.

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