Upgrades to Rand Memorial Hospital to be completed by Nov.

Minister of Health Renward Wells said the majority of repairs to the Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama are scheduled to be completed by November.

“By the end of October 2020, renovations to the pediatrics, pharmacy, admissions, lobby, doctors’ offices, on-call and nurses suite, the morgue and surrounding corridors and other works for each space are scheduled to be completed,” he said at a Ministry of Health press conference on Friday.

Wells said $21 million dollars was allocated for the phased redevelopment of the hospital, which suffered significant damage a year ago during Hurricane Dorian.

Wells said Part A of the restoration, which includes the main entrance, foyer, pharmacy, admissions and pediatrics, is budgeted at $628,397 and currently 80 percent completed.

“It started on April 29, 2020 and is scheduled to end on September 29, 2020,” he said,

Part B of the restoration is budgeted at $352,344.60. It includes the medical, surgical, step-down and intensive care units. Wells said the project started on April 29, 2020 and is 65 percent complete. It is scheduled for completion in October 2020.

Wells said Part C, which encompasses the east wing, public corridor, the healing gardens and chapel, is budgeted at $1.75 million and is 45 percent complete.

“The project started on April 29, 2020 and is expected to be completed in November 2020,” he said.

Wells said the restoration of the main operating theater suites, post-anesthesia unit and central sterilized supplies department is 95 percent complete. He said it is budgeted at $660,449.76.

“The Rand Memorial Hospital restoration program also involves the container operating theater suite, post-anesthesia unit and central sterilized supplies department,” Wells said.

“This is being donated by Build Health International, a non-governmental organization known as Direct Relief. This project started on March 5, 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of this month with absolutely no cost to the government of The Bahamas.”

Wells said the Rand Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Program, which consists of three projects, is expected to be finished next month.

“The new COVID-19 Infectious Disease Unit is being developed at a budgeted cost of $1,386,596.15,” he said.

“This project started on April 12, 2020 and is scheduled to end on September 3, 2020. Currently, this project is 98 percent complete and is in the defects liability stage.

“The Infectious Disease Unit Cancer Association project is budgeted at $244,897.79. The project started in the first quarter of this year and is scheduled to end by September 25. This project is currently 85 percent complete.

“The kitchen cafeteria completion project is 90 percent completed and was budgeted at $407,593.67. By early September, the infectious disease unit at the Rand Memorial Hospital is expected to be ready for occupancy.”

Wells also said that $10 million has been allocated for renovations at Princess Margaret Hospital.

He said the project will result in improvements at the emergency department, which include a new entrance, enhanced security, isolation room, wound care and orthopedic departments.

Wells said the Agape Family Medical Clinic will also be expanded. He said the old operating theater suite will be converted into a 19-bed inpatient suite. The renovations will also include the addition of 15 beds to male surgical I, as well as the construction of bathrooms in the old ICU, legacy, and outpatient departments.

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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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