New National Hospital hoped to be most sought-after regionally

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New National Hospital hoped to be most sought-after regionally
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony (right) during the New National Hospital site visit with the EU ambassador and Cabinet.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony (right) during the New National Hospital site visit with the EU ambassador and Cabinet.

High hopes have been expressed for the 51 million euro state-of-the-art New National Hospital, which according to Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has the potential to be the most modern and sought-after hospital in the Eastern Caribbean.

Speaking at a guided tour of the facility at Coubaril this week, Dr. Anthony said that once the institution is completed “and if we live” in its promise “it is going to be perhaps the most modern and most sought-after hospital in the Caribbean. We therefore will have a responsibility to our neighbours in the Caribbean as we search for new specialisation and for new treatment.”

He said while the hospital is a gift from the EU, it is also an opportunity for the people of the eastern Caribbean to secure modern health care.

The prime minister further noted that the facility is expected to bring new possibilities for local health care providers such as staff training and the use of new technology.

He mentioned the possibility of the hospital becoming a “teaching hospital” through a special relationship with the University of the West Indies where locals studying medicine overseas would be able to travel home to complete their studies, hence taking the hospital “to a new level – a different level”.


The European Union-funded hospital spans 14,500 square meters with 33 departments.

The initiative is the largest EU-funded project in the entire region.

According to Health Minister Alvina Reynolds, the construction of the hospital forms “an integral part” of the country’s health sector reform process which focuses on integration, effectiveness and efficiency with an ability to respond to the health needs of the populace.

Among the aims of the hospital, the facility seeks to bring an overall improvement in the health care services such as outpatient care, accident and emergency, observation beds, ophthalmology, children’s outpatient, obstetrics and gynecology.

The New National Hospital, also referred to as “a hotel for healing and rehabilitation”, will feature administration meeting rooms, shops, offices and library and several more components.

The financing for supplies and furniture for the new institution came from grant funding by the European Commission in the amount of 4.5 million euro or EC$16 million. Half of the equipment lots have already been approved by the EU and delivery and installation commenced in June this year. That process is expected to be completed by January 2015.

Reynolds, on behalf of the government and people of St. Lucia, along with the prime minister, expressed gratitude for the EU’s funding of the hospital.

“We look forward to the continuing support of your countries as we collaborate in pursuance of the goal of developing health services delivery system, that is accessible, affordable and sustainable and of international standard,” she said.

Meanwhile Mikael Barfod – ambassador to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean – said he was impressed with the design and location of the hospital.

“In an age of scarce resources and stifling energy costs in the region I am also very encouraged to note the many sustainable design features of the hospital,” he added.

The tour of the facility involved the ambassador, prime minister, health minister, and other officials.

The New National Hospital project started in January 2009. It comprises 200 beds and will be equipped for inpatients and principal diagnostic and therapeutic services.

Once the hospital is opened, the Victoria Hospital will be decommissioned and reopened as the Castries Urban Polyclinic. When that happens, the Castries Health Centre will be closed permanently.

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  1. most of u have nothing good to say about a development happening in your own country weather u are uwp or not shame on some of that's y we can never go forward because of people like u all and am sure some of u may use it one day

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  2. At long last. Now Kenny will not have to take poor people money and pay medical bills for Jadia to go overseas, now she and the rest of them can stay right her. What you'll think?

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  3. I would like to know how the monies to finance the ongoing operations at that hospital will be generated. St-lucians already have an entitlement freeness mentality leaving large bills behind. The public kitty is already empty. The cadre of doctors we will need to attract to make the facility a“it is going to be perhaps the most modern and most sought-after hospital in the Caribbean." would come at a cost in addition to ongoing operational cost. Look how Queen Elizabeth hospital is facing troubles http://www.stabroeknews.com/2014/news/regional/07/06/barbados-queen-elizabeth-hospital-facing-worst-crisis-ever-doctors/,http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/bamp-no-short-term-fixes/,http://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2007/05/26/more-troubles-at-barbados-queen-elizabeth-hospital-this-time-haematology-equipment-next-time-who-knows/,

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    • I have nothing against lawyers i think that they serve their purpose in our society. But i think that the lawyers of today who are politicians are doing a poor job at handling the economy and in keeping the public sector and its related services afloat. We need more individuals who are well versed in business and finance leading the country. The current crop of politicians mainly lawyers PRIMARILY know how to write grandiose speeches and speak pretty. Its about time we stop putting all these lawyers into parliament, all these guys do is dazzle you with brilliance and baffle you with bullshit they can only speak sweet.

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    • Well if Jadia pays back the poor people's money that Kenny used to pay her medical bills, we may be able to start a fund to help more struggling St Lucians pay for medical attention.

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      • The only person being thoughtless here is you. I have no proof that Jadias medical bills was paid with tax payers money. Howeve if that is a fact that would be a shame since she is being adequately compensated by the state to see about her own health. That monies should be have been used to help individuals who struglle to put a "bread" on the table farless pay a medical bill.I would like jadia to personally come out and speak about this if she has not already done so. However i guess silence on the matter would be a confession.

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        • @758Patriot, If you don't know that Jadia Jn Piere Medical Bills was paid by tax payers money well you are the only one who don't know that and it seems that you are not living in st.Lucia.

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        • Seriously "758 patriot"? Have you been under a rock? The government paid Jadia's medical bill to the tune of $44,709.89 ask Leo Clarke!

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  4. A 200 hundred bed hospital and you marketing it to the Caribbean? Right of the bat as a doctor I can tell you its too small.

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    • I would like to see the results from that technical audit 🙂 Where all the money gone where all the money gone

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  5. So wait, "the most modern and most sought-after hospital in the Caribbean" started in 2009 and will most likely be finished and fully operational while the St Jude's hospital remains housed in our "Most modern and most sought after stadium". NB The St Jude's fire was in Sep 2009. Bravo!!!

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  6. Why did it take so long to complete and why did it cost so much? The EU is presently conducting a technical audit for the entire project.

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  7. you boneheads should be grateful for having it. Having to rely on foreigners to sort things out for you again.

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  8. Big building and modern equipment will not change anything. It's the attitude of the staff which must change. They need better work ethics and customer relations. So transferring the same staff into a modern building will be like putting a "pig in a Palace". Can you imagine the same hoggish nurses at casualty transferred to the casualty at the new Hospital...smh. Now some of you may say that they will change their attitude but trust me, it's not easy for people to change their attitude. It's much much easier to change a building and equipment than someone's attitude.

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    • This comment is worth taking to heart. Aren't we for instance, doing the same darn thing with elective politics in Saint Lucia? We stubbornly insist on repeatedly recycling very "damaged political goods" , and we witness every day, near us or in the news, the painful and cruel results.

      However, the message of our very faulty repeated behaviour and thinking is not at all getting home to the old-foggies and fuddy-duddies who retain the power of selecting who leads the two main parties.

      Perhaps, they have to be buried first, before Saint Lucia ever gets any kind of positive change and relief. By then too, our much smarter younger ones would long have flown the coup to much greener pastures.

      Like idiots, we think locally and act locally. On the other hand, the diversified world welcomes and embraces talent -- not shoot-shayting idiots.

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  9. Despite being a modern facility with modern equipment, it will only be as good as the doctors and nurses that work there. And if they're transferred from the Victoria Hospital, we already know what to expect.

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  10. keep hearin about this hospital over and over... i just want it to open already.. its been yrs. we in dire need of this

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  11. Hope springs eternal. Teaching hospitals are not always state-of-the-art institutions.

    The aspiration expressed by the PM is best captured in hospitals that have a plant-within-a-plant structural form, since a local hospital cannot be #1 in all the areas of medical treatment technologies which are changing everyday, even as we speak. It is just not a realistic expectation.
    We should temper our statements by under-promising but over-delivering.

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  12. “it is going to be perhaps the most modern and most sought-after hospital in the Caribbean "

    Let's hope that there's no more of a need to fly patients out and into Martinique or Barbados for special care!

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    • In addition to that, let's hope the government of saint lucia can keep up with the maintenance and supplies of this hospital! They can't even make sure VH is fully stocked with necessary items; panadol, gauze, etc. To have a state of the art facility and not think about how to maintain this title...would be a waste. Case in point, the Mental Wellness Center. Big and bold on the hill, but what really goes on there????

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      • You bring up a great point . . . the maintenance of the place. By maintenance I mean: Taking care of the physical plant; upkeep of equipment; continued upgrade of staff efficiency and proficiency; accessories, etc.

        All of the above takes money and therefore, there will have to be a cost for visiting this hospital. It definitely cannot be the same $20:00 for visit or $300 for medical service. In the same breath, most persons do not pay these negligible costs (That's one of the reasons VH is the way it is). This means we must be prepared to pay for the high level of operations that we expect from this new institution!

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        • The monies paid into NIC along with the imposition of vat should be able to subsidies the cost to citizens. OH and speaking of which what happened to Universal Health Care????

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          • UHC? Man that was a speech. No?

            You had better learn real quick. If you want to know whether or not they are a lying, you only have to watch their mouth.

            If it moves, there's the proof. If it moves, they are lying.

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