The equipment, funded by the European Union, is the first phase of the EU’s total contribution to the hospital valued at EC$32 million.
Installed and tested are the fluoroscopy, the C.T. scanners, the mammography system, and the general x-ray unit.
“We have not yet installed the MI unit,” Wendell Bernard, Project Engineer for the New National Hospital said. “It is on island and we’re slowly moving to complete this installation, which should be fully completed by the end of September. It will take some time because there are very heavy pieces of equipment, and moving the parts—even from the port to the site—is a tedious one.”
Part of the equipping agreement is for the suppliers to provide training to the technicians who will be responsible for the maintenance of the equipment as well as the end users. The training is on-going for the teams from Victoria Hospital. The St. Jude Hospital team is also participating to ensure that all relevant personnel across public tertiary care institutions are trained.
So far, teams from St. Jude, Victoria Hospital, maintenance and biomed have already been trained in both the technical aspects and general operation of the equipment.