Community Clinics Renovations
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Upgrades to be carried out in New Providence and the Family Islands
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis informed Parliament that funding allocations are proposed in the 2020/2021 budget for the renovation and upgrade of a significant number of community clinics in the capital and throughout the archipelago of The Bahamas.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said, “My Government continues to place high priority on ensuring the accessibility of high quality primary health care services throughout the communities of New Providence and the Family Islands,” said the Prime Minister. He noted some of the benefits of “strong” primary health programs and services: lower health costs, higher user satisfaction and better health outcomes for the population.
In New Providence, the proposed renovations and upgrades are expected to be carried out on Anne’s Town, Coconut Grove and Elizabeth Estates clinics along with South Beach Health Centre.
Anne’s Town Clinic serves the Kemp Road and surrounding inner city communities. Constructed in 1978, after 41 years, the number and size of examination rooms are no longer adequate to accommodate its expanded scope of services and increased patient load. This clinic is long overdue for comprehensive upgrades.
Coconut Grove Clinic was actively under renovation until Hurricane Matthew of 2016 caused significant damage to the building and its uncompleted structural works.
Elizabeth Estates Clinic and the South Beach Health Centre are the two primary healthcare facilities in Nassau currently being upgraded to strengthen their capacity for the delivery of urgent care services at the community level.
In addition to infrastructural works, these upgrades include the following priorities:
· Deploying mobile point-of-care testing equipment in both of these community clinics;
· Expanding other diagnostic capabilities inclusive of digital x-rays, ultra sound and EKG equipment;
· Standardizing policies, operating procedures and clinical protocols; and
· Training in a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical areas including life support and customer service.
The Prime Minister said many of the developments are underway at Elizabeth Estates Clinic and South Beach Health Centre, and are critical for preparing the two facilities to diagnose and manage lower severity cases requiring urgent and emergency care.
“This will lead to a reduction in the number of patients needing to go to the Emergency Department at PMH,” he added.