The Roseau Health Center will be opened to the public from June 2, 2014 as the Ministry of Health (MoH) seeks ways to reduce the influx of patients to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department, at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
The center will open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Mondays to Fridays in a three to six month pilot program.
According to the MoH this will reduce the waiting time and the workload of the A&E at the hospital, especially for non emergency cases.
“Instead of going up to the casualty after work with a flu, a sore throat or just want to talk to a doctor, up to 7 O’clock the health center will be opened, there will be nurses available, a doctor will be available to attend to you,” Dr Charlotte Jeremy- Cuffy, Acting Director of Primary Health Care, explained.
She stated one of the main reasons is to avoid the waiting time for patients but the program will free the A&E department to deal with emergency cases quicker.
“The A&E department is for emergencies,” she said. “And so when persons go up there with minor illnesses, minor complains, they will have to wait a lot, up to sometimes 10 hours. With the Chikungunya outbreak persons had to wait for up to 12 hours and still not be attended to because of the workload of the casualty department…”
The entire Roseau Health District team will be part of the initiative. “We will using the skills of every member of the team, the nurses from Soufriere to Warner will be involved,” Dr. Jeremy-Cuffy noted.
All emergencies will be handled at the A&E department at the Princess Margaret Hospital.