Restructuring of healthcare services in primary care

By Ministry of Health

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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Primary Health Care Unit in the Ministry of Health & Wellness shall be restructuring the delivery of healthcare services to the public in an effort to strengthen our response to the national COVID-19 situation.

Officers from the respective facilities have been deployed to provide coverage at the respiratory hospital, respiratory clinics and quarantine facilities. The healthcare facilities in the various communities are as follows:

• Monchy
• La Guerre
• Fond Assau
• Ti Rocher, Castries
• Mon Repos
• Ti Rocher, Micoud
• Belle Vue
• Grace
• Saltibus
• Delcer
• Mongouge
• Etangs
• Fond St. Jacques
• Jacmel
• Vanard

The scaling down of health facilities forms part of the ministry’s response plan. Healthcare services have been redirected to the other Wellness Centers which remain open.

In keeping with social distancing measures; and to ensure that we protect our clients, especially the vulnerable groups, some specialist clinics have been suspended until further notice. These include:

• Sexual & Reproductive Health, Victoria Hospital
• Cuban Eye Health
• Dermatology
• Podiatry
• Community Paediatric
• Obstetrics/Gynaecology
• Diabetic Retinopathy
• Child Clinic

Antenatal clinics will continue but by Appointments ONLY.

Hansens clinics will continue on Wednesday mornings at the Castries Wellness Center.  Routine dental services have also been suspended. However, limited emergency services will be provided at Babonneau Wellness Centre, Dennery Hospital, Anse La Raye Wellness Centre and Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre, for persons suffering with severe pain associated with carious teeth infection with obvious swelling or trauma.

Patients are asked to call ahead of their arrival for scheduling as social distancing is in effect.

Patients will be required to be triaged on the phone as well as by the nurse upon their arrival prior to seeing the dentist.

Emergency clinics are scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The clinic days and contact numbers are as follows:

· Babonneau – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (telephone # 450-6503)
· Anse La Raye – Monday (telephone # 451-4343)
· Vieux-Fort dental clinic – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (telephone # 454-3491)
· Dennery Hospital – Friday (telephone # 453-4708)

The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will inform the public accordingly.

The public is urged to continue adhering to recommended measures for infection control and prevention.

For more information, please contact Community Health Nursing Service at 468-5321 or 468-5383.

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