A&E Department at Portsmouth Hospital to be reconstructed

Azille described the project as ambitious
Azille described the project as ambitious

Rushing accidents and emergencies involving residents of Portsmouth and the environs to the country’s main hospital in Roseau will soon be a thing of the past for there are plans afoot to reconstruct the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Portsmouth Hospital.

The project, which is being spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, is receiving support from the Government of Dominica and Ross University.

President of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, Morrison Azille told a press conference on Wednesday that the absence of a fully functional A&E Department at the Portsmouth Hospital has created setbacks for those who require immediate medical attention.

“One of the things that troubled us is that most times when persons are rushed with emergencies at the Portsmouth Hospital they would have to be rushed to Roseau via the ambulance and we felt that we could get involved…,” he said.

He described the project as “ambitious.”

“When we looked at it initially we were not sure how we were going to achieve it, but through the effort of the members of this club we decided that we were going to give it our best shot,” he said.

Project Officer in the Ministry of Health, Sylvester Henderson, said once completed the new facility will be fully equipped and functional with state of the art equipment.

“The activity is to redesign the A&E Department,” he stated. “There are some walls in this department, we are going to take these walls down and redesign, so we will have enough space for beds, enough space for the doctors to operate and as well as washroom facility …”

He also said the process of upgrading the entire hospital has begun.

“We have started upgrading the hospital and one of the things we did was ensure that the roof of the hospital is no longer leaking,” he noted. “There was some issues with that… we have dealt with that.”

Henderson stated further that improvement of the washroom facilities, fencing, redesigning of the lab area, and electrical work at the hospital are also expected.

According to him, the government is in the process of receiving a Hematology Analyzer and a Chemistry Analyzer to install at that hospital.

Ross University has already provided $10,000 to go towards such improvement works.

Physical work is expected to begin by November 2014 and the government of Dominica has already given some $500,000 towards the general upgrading project.


Donation being given for the works at the Portsmouth Hospital
Ryan Didier of Ross University (right) makes donation to Morrison Azille of the Portsmouth Rotary Club. The funds will go towards the club’s efforts the Portsmouth Hospital

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  1. silly rabbit
    September 7, 2014

    finally i was treated there and i felt as if i was in a small district clinic. and those nurses need to have more love in their hearts

  2. joyj
    September 4, 2014

    But that’s what service clubs are there for,to help out their communities, is not about what government is or isn’t doing.

  3. grell
    September 4, 2014

    Great job Mr.Didier your a great man and patriotic.Country first.

    • Ou ja konnet
      September 5, 2014

      Is ryan money man? I thought it was Ross giving it, not Ryan

  4. straight up
    September 4, 2014

    Keep voting Labour in Portsmouth. Keep saying Labour i born Labour i will die and see how far we Portsmouth people get with that. Can’t u all see this Government don’t care about us in possie because it is a sure seat for them. They should be force to work for it now.

  5. Anonymous
    September 4, 2014

    Great! Thank-you to the Rotary Club and the Prime Minister. People love to complain rather than support. Ultimately, they are the ones who will benefit. It doesn’t matter who is doing it. The fact is that it’s being done. Kudos to all involved. Ney! to the complainers that do nothing but complain all the time.

  6. 99 Days For The....
    September 4, 2014

    Sad that the government saw it fit to build a huge white palace ….FOR WHAT PURPOSE????>>>>> AESTHETIC. But a HOSPITAL’s accident and emergency room is left in an unacceptable state; unable to serve it’s purpose!!!!!! Thanks to the Rotary Club of Portsmouth for seeing what is needed in this community and the north west of the island.

    Hope LYO of possie will see the underlying problem and not be blinded by a trip to a mansion and an opportunity to swim in a big pool…while if they were to be injured on this ‘marvelous’ trip to the mansion they would have to travel more than an hour to the PMH instead of being attended to within 20 mins at their Portsmouth Hospital……never understood how ppl can sacrifice their needs and well being for the love of a party and PM…..smh

  7. Foreign
    September 4, 2014

    Politics is running Dominica to the gutters. Elections coming fix Portsmouth hospital emergency department, that what next?. Read between the lines. International Airport coming — hospital fixing—then what CLOSE Marigit hospital or downsize it to a clinic. Skeritt mansion in Vielle Case or wherever on the north.Skeritt I had some respect for you but I am in Trauma/ ICU nurse in New York, that makes me sad today . Moments count in an emergency and you and your boys playing with the lives of ALL Dominicians. God help my country.Change must come and come fast.

  8. playboy
    September 4, 2014

    That whole project is peanuts for Ross to have constructed and equipped.
    What is $10,000?
    They’re using PMH to the bone, and not a cent to the government and people of Dominica. Only some of our doctors are benefiting, of course.
    Why are we afraid of Ross, a country unto themselves?

    • pffff
      September 4, 2014

      Maybe the same reason you all are afraid of Skerrit….As Ross can simple pull out of island, just like Skerrit can easily cut you all off if you talk against him or vote against him leaving you all without food, rent money, job etc, leaving you all destitute.

  9. up we go
    September 4, 2014

    Layba is working!!! :arrow:

  10. Jayson
    September 3, 2014

    What Portsmouth Hospital needs COMPETANT MANAGEMENT!!

  11. dady
    September 3, 2014

    Dno please ban the uneducated and unproductive audience from commenting it makes the rest of the world think that we are all from the same tree

  12. Anthony Ismael
    September 3, 2014

    Well, it’s great news that the good doctor at the Princess Margaret Hospital did not comment or make any suggestions about the hospital in Portsmouth. The last time he offered his professional opinion about our health care system, they talked about him in parliament like a dog.

  13. September 3, 2014

    Pm gone mad,Papamet all of a sudden hundreds of projects are in the works thanks to the rock mr.lennox Linton.We all kno election is coming and PM pulling all kind of magic.hahaha :mrgreen:

  14. John-3-16
    September 3, 2014

    Sad to see it have to take rotary club to see the need

    Portsmouth needs leadership

    • Not a herd follower
      September 3, 2014

      I concur. Years of neglect of the Portsmouth hospital :roll:

    • Righteous
      September 4, 2014

      @John 3-16. It takes organizations like this to partner with Government to get projects like this done in our community. It is people working with people for the betterment and improvement of people. I will agree that Possie and Possie people on a whole needs more togetherness as a community in order to progress and get things done; but not leadership, unless we are looking for leadership in the wrong places. There are many, many educated people in Possie who have really great ideas, but the place is too divided politically to prosper. We need to put aside our political difference and work together in the best interest of our community. Remember: “A house divided against itself will cannot stand.” Possie is too torn apart politically to continue to grow.

      In the end, we have to know that “Culture makes us understand each other better and if we understand each other better it is easier to overcome our economic and political barriers. Ultimately, we have to understand that our neighbor is in the end just like us with the same problems and same questions.” (PC). So we need to figure out a way to solve our problems and answer our questions together.

      Great initiative by the leaders and leadership of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.

      One Love Dominicans!!!

      • pffff
        September 4, 2014

        yeah but we have to give jacket his jacket bro…..dont you think it would have been more important to fix that hospital than to spend all that money on that palace in town??????? Which would benefit the people of this country more???? It’s not politics , its looking at the simple facts and what is best suited for the well being and development of Dominicans!!!!!!

  15. change must come
    September 3, 2014

    maybe the hospital he went for in china will be built at portmouth and after its completion the one at marigot will be shut down completely. this government hate marigot to the bone.

    • change must come
      September 3, 2014

      correction the international airport from china not hospital.

  16. Dorival John
    September 3, 2014

    Leaking hospital roof in the second town? Rotary Club sponsoring the reconstruction of the A&E?

    I thought our health system was so good that anyone who criticizes it gets lambasted in parliament.

    Oh, I forget, the Marigot Hospital, the only hospital closest to our only main airport, is closed. So the health system is probably not the best as the Dear Leader would want his blind followers to think. SMH

  17. real possie
    September 3, 2014

    Yep love to hear that great job to one and all.

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