Spanish Town Hospital Gets 10 New Haemodialysis Machines
Updated: Apr 20
The renal unit at the Spanish Town Hospital (STH) has been equipped with 10 new additional haemodialysis machines in January 2023. This brings the current number of functional machines to 18.
During the tour of the renal unit on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, said that he is pleased with the new developments of the haemodialysis unit. He added that these machines will boost the capacity of the island’s largest hospital to treat patients with renal failure. He further stated that more persons with renal problems will still have a long wait for treatment, however the unit is able to reduce the backlog.
On Monday, September 12, 2022, the Spanish Town Hospital received 10 refurbished hemodialysis machines, valued at over $28 million, from a Florida-based entity, Renal Dynamics. Of the 10 refurbished machines that were received, five were transferred to the Kingston Public Hospital. The KPH currently has 17 functioning haemodialysis machines and caters to up to 50 patients daily on three shifts.
Hemodialysis machines filter wastes, salts, and fluids from the blood when the kidneys are no longer healthy enough to adequately perform this function.