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Work to begin on new PMH critical care block

The government will begin work on a$30 million critical care block at Princess Margaret Hospital in September to help service the increased number of trauma patients seeking treatment at the facility, Health Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

The unit is expected to be complete by February 2013.

Dr. Minnis, who was making his contribution during the mid-year budget debate in the House of Assembly, said the block will add nearly 60 beds to the facility.

There will be three floors in the building. The intensive care wards for adult and pediatric patients will be on the top floor; six new operating theaters will be located on the second floor; and space for the main medical laboratory department, the central medical department and the sterile supplies department will be on the ground floor.

Additionally, Dr. Minnis said focus will be placed on kangaroo care, which will be available in the neonatal care unit for premature babies. He added that for the first time fathers will be able to participate in this process.

Kangaroo care seeks to enhance the bond between newborns and parents by placing the child in direct contact with one or both parents.

The new block will also have a chapel and a healing garden.

Dr. Minnis said the new trauma section at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama is expected to be complete in June 2011.

Dr. Minnis also said five ambulances have been purchases by the government. Two will be used in Grand Bahama and the remaining three in New Providence.

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