Faster response time to hospital calls
Patients can anticipate a faster response time from the Cornwall Regional and Savanna-la-mar hospitals, thanks to the deployment of a Multi-Patient Transfer Unit to both facilities. Funded through the National Health Fund (NHF), the two units were presented on Thursday, May 10, by George Duncan, who has been returned as Board Chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority.
The Savanna-la-mar unit was accepted by Pansy Brown (5th left), Parish Manager for Westmoreland Public Health Services, while Senior Administrator Dawn Harvey accepted the unit for CRH.
The units are not equipped as regular ambulances and are more geared towards responding to less serious emergencies, thereby releasing the other ambulances to respond to more critical cases.
“The use of these vehicles would be more to transfer patients for diagnostic tests as they will serve to increase our capacity to respond to patients in need in a timely manner,” said Duncan. “The ambulance is equipped to take people who are really sick to the hospital while this transport vehicle is really to take people who may be sick but not that sick,” he added.
He explained that Savanna-la-mar would benefit greatly from this donation as the area lacks adequate service. “We learnt that some of the ambulances were in the garage for well over three months while the needs on the ground were there. The Ministry of Health decided to help us out. We had already taken some decisions to alleviate the situation, chief among which was to relocate an ambulance from Falmouth to Savanna-La-Mar,” Duncan revealed.