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On March 28, 2020, the Victoria Hospital was converted to the Respiratory Hospital to facilitate
the isolation of COVID-19 patients and their treatment and care. The reduced threat of COVID19, reduced admission rate and reduced utilization of the facility for respiratory cases, have resulted in the Ministry of Health, as of January 2022, integrating the management of COVID19 into the regular health service. This has been done successfully with the various respiratory clinics, the COVID-19 immunization program and COVID-19 testing and reporting. The closure of the Respiratory Hospital is the final phase of this process. The Ministry of Health has assessed the current health services needs and advised on the best use of the facility. The decision was taken by the Cabinet of Ministers to renovate, retrofit and utilize the Administration Block including the Accident and Emergency Department, Francoise Dolto
Building and the section designated to the Cuban Eye Programme of the Victoria Hospital as the Castries Urban Polyclinic.
We note the increasing health needs placed on the present Castries Wellness Centre by those
who access services there. The facility is limited in its capacity to facilitate the expansion that is
needed at this point and in the future. Presently, there is a need for a facility in the Castries
region with extended operating hours of up to midnight, to include weekends and holidays to
manage the urgent care cases with basic laboratory and diagnostic services. This will require
increased human resources to allow for the extended hours of operation and increased services.
We also note the over utilization of the Emergency Room of the Millennium Heights Medical
Complex-MHMC, for non-emergency cases, leading to long waiting times and delayed care and the frequent bed shortage at MHMC. The wards of the Victoria Hospital will continue to
function for admissions of secondary care generated from the MHMC.

Effective Friday June 16, 2023, the Urgent Care Section of the Victoria Hospital/ Respiratory Hospital will be closed to the public to allow for the necessary renovation works for the Castries Urban Polyclinic. People are advised to access care at any of the other Wellness Centres. The services of the Cuban Eye Clinic remain open and available to the public from 8:00am to 4:00pm daily, Monday to Friday for eye screening, pre-operative care and follow -up care. Surgical eye procedures are scheduled to resume in September, 2023. The public may contact the Cuban Eye Clinic to book an appointment by calling 456-8282. Once the Castries Urban Polyclinic is completed, the services currently provided at the Castries Wellness Centre will be shifted to the Castries Urban Polyclinic.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs will continue to update the public on the
progress of the Castries Urban Polyclinic. For further information, please contact Community Health Nursing Service at 468-5321 or 468-5383.

Quinn St. Juste

Quinn St. Juste is a young journalist, with a background in Tourism Management. He has a passion for social and commerce related topics.

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