The flow of patients to the Alford Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) has been heavier than usual in recent week but so too are the praises for the nurses and doctors from those who are in their care.
A rise in motor vehicle accidents and injuries from natural disasters over the last two weeks have added to the flow of patients admitted at the hospital but most particularly at the all male ward.
This added pressure is testing the response ability of the nursing and medical staff at the ward. But according to the patients the staff has responded with diligence.
“Not only do the Alford Ward staffs look after us, they care for us” says an elderly gentleman who has been recuperating there for the last two weeks after bladder stone surgery.
“They irie man, true, true, true, they irie,” responded Reuben Darroux of Salybia who has been hospitalized after receiving severe injuries in an accident under the Canefield cliff last Friday.
“Nothing not too much for them to do for you,” said Kenrick Emmanuel who has been on the ward for just over six weeks recuperating from gunshot wounds to his left foot.
“The young nurses very energetic, quick to respond, alert, they are not afraid to clean you, if you feeling down they will tell you something to lift you up’ Emmanuel added, saying that while older staff members are “more firm they still have a way of making you feel appreciated.”
When ask what is the formula for ensuring that the patience are satisfied, Senior Staff and supervisor Nurse Larocque responded, “we try our utmost best.”
Dr. Fevrier-Drigo added her voice to the matter. “It cannot be the facilities, I think it’s just because we care,” she said.
The Alford Ward is under the watchful eyes of 18 nurses, six consultant doctors, nursing aids and medical interns.
“They see their doctor all day,” Dr. Fevrier-Drigo, who is on the ward full time, said.
When asked what would make the Alford Ward better, Dr. Fevrier-Drigo responded, “more beds and more space.”