Pediatric Department at Bahamian hospital gifted with new equipment

Patients of the Pediatric Department at Nassau’s Princess Margaret Hospital will now be examined by and treated with state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to a sizeable donation from the Sandals Foundation.

The equipment, which is valued at USD$13,000, will serve approximately 1,000 children who use the medical facility on an annual basis.

Speaking at the official handing over exercise with representatives from Sandals Royal Bahamian, on Tuesday, March 3, Dr Marcia Bassett, Head of Department of Pediatrics at the Princess Margaret Hospital said: “The donation will significantly improve the operation of the Pediatric Ward and the care given to patients and their families.”

“These are well-needed items, and the team can’t wait to start using them.”

— Princess Margaret Hospital’s Dr Marcia Bassett

“We are so, so happy that Sandals chose us to be the recipient of this donation. These are well-needed items, and the team can’t wait to start using them,” she added.

Major outreach programmes

The donated equipment includes a handheld pulse oximeter for measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood (pulse); a vital sign monitor with stand and accessories to help doctors check each vital sign of a patient, accurately record changes in the patient’s condition and adjust medicines accordingly to provide the best care possible; and a mobile digital chair scale which allows patients who have mobile or physical limitations, poor balance or weak legs to be weighed while seated.

A natus phototherapy blanket has also been purchased and will be delivered to the hospital in the coming weeks. The intensive phototherapy system will offer newborns with jaundice the best treatment and start in life.

Heidi Clarke, Executive Director at the Sandals Foundation, said the foundation is honoured to be able to support the family-centred care that the hospital provides.

“As a foundation that serves the Caribbean and its people, we are always on the look-out for programmes that provide sustainable development of Caribbean communities,” she said.

The Pediatric Ward and its equipment were damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma in 2017. The donation is, therefore, strongly aligned to two major outreach programmes of the Sandals Foundation – community development and disaster relief.