Ten Refurbished Hemodialysis Machines Donated to Spanish Town Hospital
Photo Caption: Mr. Wentworth Charles (third right), Board Chairman, SERHA ,participates in the unveiling of the dialysis machine during the handover ceremony on Monday, September 12, 2022 at the Spanish Town Hospital (STH). Included in the photo from L-R are: Ms. Jacqueline Ellis, CEO, STH; Mr. Errol C. Greene, OD, JP, Regional Director, SERHA; Mr. Chris Davenport, Technical Services Manager, Renal Dynamics; Dr. Jacqueline Wright-James, Senior Medical Officer, STH and Mrs. Novellette Robinson, Director of Nursing Services, STH.
Healthcare for dialysis patients in the south east region of Jamaica has received a boost with the donation of ten refurbished dialysis machines, valued over $28 million, from Florida-Based entity, Renal Dynamics to the Spanish Town Hospital on Monday, September 12, 2022.
Food for the Poor paid the shipment of these machines at a cost of US$8000.
The dialysis unit on average between August 2021-2022 has seen 4705 patients and 325 dialysis sessions were done. The unit serves patients across the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and as far as Portland.
Mr. Wentworth Charles, Board Chairman, South East Regional Health Authority, in his remarks at the handover ceremony, said that "these 10 refurbished hemodialysis machines by Renal Dynamics will enable the team at Spanish Town Hospital to achieve its mission of ensuring that every patient receives adequate and effective renal replacement therapy through hemodialysis regardless of social status. Thus, ensuring that at least 37 additional persons can be assisted."
Mr. Charles also expressed gratitude to the Renal Dynamics for their commitment to healthcare in Jamaica.
“We want to thank the Renal Dynamics for responding to the Spanish Town Hospital's call to treat more patients with renal diseases". He also added that these new machines will also "boost the morale of the patients, as no longer will they have to come and hear that the machines are down".
Mr. Chris Danvenport, Technical Services Manager, Renal Dynamics said that his company is very happy to be donating these much-needed and timely refurbished machines to the hospital that will enhance the treatment of renal patients.
SERHA has purchased 10 new dialysis machines to the Spanish Town Hospital that is expected to be installed at the end of November 2022.
Since 2016 to date, the unit increased its operational days from five to six days in order to better serve their clients.