Staff at PMH’s Alford Ward gets high praises

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.”

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18 Comments

  1. Muslim_always
    May 26, 2011

    This is very positive and reassuring! Congratulations to the nurses and doctors who work very hard to save lives. Keep it up!

  2. me nuh
    May 26, 2011

    We are praising the nurses of the Alphord ward! Since we are at it, i need to thank a tiny , young

    nurse on the womens ward at the PMH, I think her name is nurse Alexander, such a loving , caring,

    nurse!!! I will NEVER forget this such petite nurse who attended to me, when I spent just one night

    there!!!

  3. Public Officer - Senior nurse
    May 26, 2011

    Thanks much patients. Productivity is alive in the public service, notwithstanding what others may say. We do have our challenges however we try our utmost best. Hope Parry Bellot reads this.

    God job staff

  4. grateful
    May 26, 2011

    congratulations to the staff of the Alford Ward for a job well done.Recently a family member of mine was on the ward and this person got the best of care.Thanks to Sister Dejean and all the nurses(esp.Nurse Moise,such a sweet nurse) and the ward aides,even the ladies who distributes the meals.They were all so kind to me when I visited my family member and extremely nice to the patient,my family member.Thanks to ward aide Simon.Continue the good work that you are called to do.Always remember you will not always be loved because you can`t please everybody but just do what you are called to do.May God bless the staff of the ALFORD WARD AND THE PMH.

  5. la massive
    May 26, 2011

    i had the experience of dealing with the nurses when my dad was admitted i must say he was well taken care of by the satff. he felt comfortable and i realised how difficult their task is . Being a nurse takes a lot of physical and mental work hearts off to the satff on the Alford Ward may God continue to bless and keep you .Special thanks to the assistant Xavier nothing is to much to do she works round the clock .

  6. blessed
    May 26, 2011

    :-D happy to hear that good job staff

  7. Praying
    May 26, 2011

    Wow!!! Congrats to PMH especially to the staff at the Alford ward.
    Keep up the good work.

  8. CONCERNED 1
    May 26, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE STAFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!

  9. Happy to be Dominican
    May 26, 2011

    This is the type of reporting I need to read more of…. There is alot more good going on in the country to concentrate on the negative stuff which is continually being highlighted. Kudos to the staff of Alford, from personal experience I can definitely vouch for them

  10. ?????
    May 26, 2011

    Wasn’t it time to hear something positive in our country! I know that there are a lot more of those positive news in our country but persons prefer to talk only about the negative vibes. And when they speak, they are creating animosity and getting the young people angry. Some even speak about things they have not stopped to investigate and talk about things they do not have the correct information.

    Kudos to DNO for looking for the positive news item to put on the site. Notwithstanding what is happening around the world – Tsunamis, Earthquakes, tornadoes and all the natural disasters. We should give thanks and praises to our Creator everyday for his grace and mercies and for sparing us as a people.

  11. Me2222
    May 26, 2011

    I had been hearing that one dare not get ill to go to the emergency, cause that would be suicidal, but I beg to differ. 2 years ago, i took my uncle to the emergency, and I was surprised to see the level of attention that was given to him. The speedy action of the emergency nurses, I saw death in my uncle’s eyes, but after working on him, he lived to see a few weeks more, [ you never miss the water till the well gone dry] The people who are lambasing the health programs in DA, needs to be in the States ith no insurance, then they will have something to talk about.
    Congratulations to you Alford ward, you do a good job.

  12. lawyer-who-never-went -to -lawschool
    May 26, 2011

    from my experience the nurses do their best and sometime ago having spent sometime there, i found them to be caring, professional and simply great. of course, the facilities needs improvement and when one considers their performance and the facility they operate in, then, it becomes clear, our nurses, doctors, etc are great!
    hats off to you.

  13. patriot Dominican
    May 26, 2011

    Kudos!!!!!!!! to Sister Dejean and her staff. I hope your firmness/Autocratic style and no non-sense appraoch other Ward Sisters can emulate.

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

  14. Dominican for sure
    May 26, 2011

    This brings to light the fact that nurses should be better paid, along with teachers. These are delicated people who quite often work beyond the call of duties, who have to literally perform “magic”, dig their hand deep down in their pockets to purchase materials for the Job. I am calling on the Government whom i have voted into office….Please look after our NURSES and TEACHERS, they deserve much more. As for the Law enforcement officers, i think all the benefits are on their side already, to abuse Government vehicles, abuse civilans, seat around and play dominioes, etc. In my view, they dont deserve anything much more. But our teachers and nurses, they deserve the BEST!!

  15. Dominican Abroad
    May 26, 2011

    In the backdrop of all that is going on all around the world, in terms of medical assistance and and attention Dominicans can feel comforted that the their Ministry of Health is committed and devoted to afford all those requiring such service are satisfied. I may not be home presently but I know that our health services has always been at a level that deserves recognition. Big up to all the Nurses and Doctors at the hospital.

    • malaba83
      May 26, 2011

      Congrats to all the medical staff. The with Dominica health system is getting the injured to the hospital for treatment, if we can overcome this would be great.

  16. weh
    May 26, 2011

    ***********we have very very capable nurses and doctors******************

    We should not be surprise with their performance. After all they are making good with “the little” that they have!! Besides, they are dedicated workers!

  17. Yout
    May 26, 2011

    Well deserved………from my own experiences to that of many others well deserved !!!

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