Construction of new ward to begin at Bustamante Hospital for Children this year

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (second left) visits two-year-old patient, Zaira Doyle, during a recent tour of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. With the Minister are Intensivist with Chain of Hope, Dr Intikhab Zafurallah (left) and father of Zaira, Errol Doyle (right).

Construction of a 20 to 25-bed ward at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston is to commence this year.

The two-storey structure will house the hospital’s paediatric cardiac centre patients and an 18-bed overnight facility for parents of patients on the ward.

The infrastructure development project, valued at $100 million, is being jointly financed by the National Health Fund (NHF), which has donated $40 million, and the National Housing Trust (NHT) with $60 million.

Expand and improve services

During a recent tour of the hospital’s paediatric cardiac centre, Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, said construction of the ward is intended to increase accommodation for children seeking services at the specialist institution.

The new facility is one of several being built on the hospital grounds to expand and improve the services offered by this critical public healthcare facility.

Tufton noted that construction of the new Drug Serv Pharmacy on site is part of the improvements being made at the health facility. The pharmacy is to be constructed at a cost of more than $50 million with funds provided by the NHF.

Additionally, the High Dependency Unit (HDU), constructed under the PROMAC project and financed by the European Union (EU), is to be handed over to the hospital shortly.