Report finds that PMH’s physical environment ‘not suitable’ for patient treatment

A 2016 operations report of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) found that the condition of the hospital makes it unsuitable for the treatment of patients.

“The physical environment of many areas of PMH is not suitable for treatment of patients and their families,” it read.

“The general maintenance and upkeep of PMH is lacking in several areas and the existing facility is deteriorating at an exponential rate.”

Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said the report demonstrates the need for renovations at the facility.

“I don’t think that 2016 report breaks any new ground,” he said.

“It speaks to something that we all see when we go into Princess Margaret Hospital.

“It’s not rocket science. All you need to do is go in there and acknowledge that this is a problem.

“When we as a people look at what we have accepted over the years as adequate for our mothers, our fathers, etc., it’s quite frankly disappointing.

“[I]t’s unacceptable what we have allowed to happen to our healthcare facility with the premise that we could do no better.”

Sands’ comments came following the revelation of a master plan for the redevelopment of PMH.

The plan would include the demolition of seven existing structures. It would see the construction of a helipad, a women’s and children’s tower and new buildings for accident and emergency and imaging.

It would also include the construction of a medical/surgical patient tower, a medical school, food services and surgical services expansion.

A Ministry of Health project summary for the United Nations Development Program called for a $300 million to $500 million investment for the redevelopment of PMH.

Sands said that while it is unclear where the money for the major overhaul will come from, some work has already been done to address concerns at the existing structures in the meantime.

“If you look, we are now in the midst of a major upgrade to accident and emergency,” he said.

“We did dialysis. We did the male ward. We did the imaging department. We fixed the roof. There have been major efforts to address it.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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