PATIENTS residing in Region Ten and suffering from kidney diseases and other ailments that require the purification of the blood through regular dialysis, very soon, will no longer have to journey to Georgetown twice a week to receive that service. This is because the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) will soon have the service available.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of LHC, Toshanna Allicock, related that the room has already been prepared for the equipment and other necessary medical equipment to be set up. “All we are waiting on is the necessary approval and confirmation from the Ministry of Public Health and the service will be up and running sooner than later,” she said.
Payment for the service will still be done, as is required in Georgetown. The main reason for decentralising the service is to reduce the inconvenience as well as the transportation cost of citizens having to travel to Georgetown. One dialysis patient, who journeys to Georgetown twice a week, said that he pays $8, 000 minimum in transportation cost per week. That is $24, 000 for a month for transportation alone. The decentralisation is very welcoming, he said, as that money can be included to pay for the treatment. There are approximately 45 patients who are in need of regular dialysis, living in Linden. Allicock also related that the service will do well for in-patients who need dialysis before receiving treatment. Training of medical personnel at LHC, if needed, will also be conducted.
In addition to a dialysis centre, Computed Tomography (CT) scanning will also be made available soon at LHC. The room to house the equipment has already been prepared and the management is deciding upon the fastest way to have the service made available. Allicock said that three means of sourcing are being considered. This includes sourcing same from the MoPH, the LHC procuring one from its 2020 budgetary allocation; since it was already included in the budget, or to have one donated. Allicock said that whichever one of these means delivers first, will determine when the service will commence. This should be done by next year.
Again, she said the scan will be of more benefit to emergency or in-patients who need to conduct one before being diagnosed. “Sometimes the patients are so ill and then to have them travelling back and forth in the ambulance just to get a CT scan done and then to bring them all the way back here, it is a longer time for the doctor to diagnose, so all of these things we are trying to mitigate,” she said.
The rooms that were prepared for these services are located at the old Mackenzie Hospital building. The LHC management has been utilising space at that location to provide a number of services to the residents of Region Ten. Last year, a spanking new opthamology department, with its own surgical unit was opened. A social service unit for abused children, a mental health department, a daycare centre and an antenatal centre were all established at the old hospital.