(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Victoria Hospital continues to implement the phased transitioning plan to the Owen King EU Hospital.
In January the dialysis unit became the first unit to be transferred to the new hospital. This week the Physiotherapy Unit was officially transfer to the OKEUH though still providing inpatient services at the Victoria Hospital.
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It was a bitter/sweet moment for staff of the physiotherapy unit at the Victoria Hospital as they packed up to move to their new premises at the Owen King EU Hospital. Some of the staff spent most of their professional lives servicing their many clients at this location. But come the week of March 26 the unit expects to be settled and ready to receive clients at the OKEU Hospital.
Senior Physiotherapist, Dr. Sibyl Edward indicated that clients were informed of the temporary closure of the department to facilitate the transfer of both staff and equipment to the new hospital.
“Patients and clients who access the service at the Victoria Hospital and will be accessing the service at the new unit at OKEUH will be pleasantly surprised with the space and equipment housed at this new unit.”
The Dr. Edward expressed relief that this move has finally happened.
“The move has been long time coming and staff I would say is very excited because after many years of planning and training we are finally at the Owen King EU Hospital.”
Brenda Calixte, Executive Director at the Victoria Hospital said this move represents a tremendous amount of work and planning.
“We are very excited because we have been working so hard at Victoria Hospital to transition to the OKEU Hospital and now we were able to get in renal dialysis and we now have physiotherapy coming on so it’s much excitement for us because the physiotherapy department is a larger department at OKEUH from what we had at Victoria Hospital. So that would help us at least to get in more patients.”
The new physiotherapy department boasts of a well equipped gym, separate cubicles to see patients, a splint room, also patients with injuries to the hand, upper and lower extremities will now be seen in a separate area. Dr. Edward stated that the increased space and better equipment will translate to better patient care and outcomes.
“We would like to take this opportunity to not only thank the European Union for this wonderful department but also management because over the years it was quite challenging, training and preparing the various documents to get here and being here right now we need to say thank you to all concerned.”
The Executive Director also indicated that the Out Patient Department is the next department scheduled to move to the new hospital.
“The Out Patient Department at Victoria Hospital are those persons that were hospitalized before and had seen the doctor and probably have to come back to see the doctor so they will be operating at OKEU come April.”
While transportation arrangements are being finalized with the Ministry of Infrastructure a temporary arrangement has been put it place with a bus leaving every hour on the hour from the Derek Walcott Square to the Owen King EU Hospital.
Physiotherapy clients are also asked to call the Victoria Hospital or 458-6754 for appointments.