Dental Unit Donates Items to Children's Ward at Spanish Town Hospital
The children’s ward (Ward 8) of the Spanish Town Hospital on Monday, May 8, 2023, received a donation of items from the members of the Dental Auxiliaries of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA). Annual Dental Auxiliaries Week is observed May 7 to 12 under the theme ‘Forging Ahead, Anticipating A Brighter Future’. This year marks the 25th anniversary that the Dental Auxiliaries of Jamaica have been undertaking outreach activities by visiting basic schools and children’s homes each year during the month of May.
At the presentation ceremony held in the foyer at the ambulance bay, a group of dental staff members, including nurses, therapists, hygienists, assistants and aides, and technicians, presented 12 mattresses of various sizes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, one case of ear-loop masks, four thermometers, four cases of Lysol wipes, and other sanitary items for the ward.
Additionally, three special items were presented to be distributed to the parents of three newborn girls, as well as packages for the dietician department of the hospital.
A similar handover took place at the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas.
During her speech, Ms. Sharon Headman, dental nurse and regional dental auxiliary coordinator at the SERHA, said that the dental team hosted a fundraiser activity to raise money to purchase the items. She added that one her staff gave her birthday money towards the purchasing of the thermometers.
Ms. Veta McDermott, Hospital Administrator, STH, said that she is very grateful for the donations that will go a far way in benefiting the children on ward 8.
Ms. Sharon Headman (right), dental nurse, regional dental auxiliary coordinator, and Mrs. Tamara Seaton-Warren (centre), parish dental auxiliary coordinator of St Catherine, present dental items to Norine Roberts (left), coordinator for paediatric ward, Mrs. Bridgeth Kendley-Warmington (second left), nurse manager, and Ms. Veta McDermott, hospital administrator, at the Annual Dental Auxiliaries Week handover of dental Iiems to the Spanish Town Hospital on Monday, May 8, 2023.