A Statutory Body of the

South East Regional Health Authority

Cardiac Ward at the Bustamante Hospital for Children

Overview: The refurbishing work for the construction of the Cardiac Centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) is completed and equipped with a Bi-Plane Catheterization Laboratory (Cath lab), Operating Room, an Intensive Care Unit, Administrative Offices and Examination Rooms. Each year, over 400 children are born in Jamaica with congenital heart disease. Between November 2017 and March 2019, 83 cardiac surgeries and catheterizations procedures have been done at the Cardiac Centre. The successes of the surgeries were performed through medical missions of Chain of Hope, Caribbean Heart Menders and the Congenital Heart Institute of Florida over the years, and in the process, providing healthcare professionals and much need equipment and supplies, valued at millions of dollars each year. The establishment of the Cardiac Centre is significant, as this is the only one of its kind, in Jamaica and the wider English-speaking Caribbean. 

Date of Official Opening: Monday, April 15, 2019.

Funding: Major funding agencies are the Ministry of Health & Wellness, SERHA, Chain of Hope, Gift of Life International, Rotary International, Sagicor Foundation, Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, Digicel Foundation, National Health Fund at a cost of US$5m.

Renovation and Expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) at the Linstead Hospital

Overview:The work undertaken at the A& E Department at the Linstead Hospital undertaken included; infrastructural upgrades, new furniture and equipment, installation of new air conditioning, upgrading of the medical gas system, added amenities for staff, spacious area for patients, and comfortable treatment and examination rooms.

The project is intended to meet the high demand for emergency treatment and improve the quality of patient care. The Linstead Hospital is a major referral Centre for Spanish Town, Kingston Public, National Chest hospitals and the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The Type C facility sees about 30,000 patients annually.

Date of the Official Opening: Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Funding: The National Health Fund provided the funding at a cost of $144.98 million. The contract for the project was signed with Chin’s Construction Limited.

The Renovation and Expansion of the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital

Overview: The work undertaken at the A&E Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital included; the acquisition and installation of an elevator, the addition of new beds, the acquisition of surgical equipment and upgrading of the electrical system. The Department features nebulization station, an expanded waiting area, separation of the Medical Records Area from the General A&E Waiting Area and ten beds in the emergency room. In addition, the A&E has four examination rooms, a minor operations room with a recovery area.

Date of Official Opening: Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Funding: The National Health Fund provided the funding at a cost $217.5 million.

Construction of a Waiting Area at the Windward Health Centre.

Overview: The renovation of the Waiting Area at the Windward Health Centre in Kingston has been upgraded to include painting, additional staffing and other fixtures and repairs. The waiting area also has a television installed.

Date of Official Opening: The area is completed and in full operation.

Funding: The South East Regional Health Authority provided the funding for the Health Centre.






Drug Serv Pharmacy at the Bustamante Hospital for Children to be Opened

Overview: The construction of a new Drug Serv pharmacy at the Bustamante Hospital for Children has been undertaken to meet the existing and future population needs. It will extend the delivery of new and improved pharmaceutical services offered by the National Health Fund to its clients. The pharmacy will also boast increased dispensing windows for timely processing of prescriptions and a pleasant and welcoming environment for patients as well as staff at the hospital. It is equipped with a sterile room to protect the integrity of the drugs ensuring that they are of the highest quality, a manufacturing room to facilitate liquid formulations, staff areas, multi- purpose room, and a sick bay.

Date of Official Opening: To be announced.

Funding: The National Health Fund provided funding at a cost of over $50 million.

New Health Centre in Brown's Hall

Overview: The Brown's Hall Health Centre is a Type One health facility that serves communities such as Macka Tree, Marlie Hill, Belfield and Blue Hole. It provides curative services, maternal and child healthcare, dressing of wounds, immunization and family planning. The building was designed by the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The Health Centre is equipped with two examination lamps, two examination beds, one wheelchair, dressing tables, waiting area chairs, patient chairs and other items/equipment.

Date of Official Opening: Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

Funding: Kemteck Development and Construction Limited and Omni Industries Limited, whose principals are natives of Brown’s Hall, provided the funding at a cost of $35 million.





New Oncology Ward at the Bustamante Hospital for Children

Overview: The Oncology Ward (Ward 9) project at the Bustamante Hospital for Children has been completed to treat patients undergoing investigations and treatment for different forms of cancer. This ward is the first of its kind in the Jamaica.

Date of Official Opening: To be announced.

Funding: The South East Regional Health Authority provided the funding for the renovation of ward 9 and donation were received from donors and private sector.



COVID-19 Field Hospital at the Spanish Town Hospital

Overview: The Spanish Town Hospital has benefited from a redeployed Covid-19 field hospital that was relocated from the National Chest Hospital. It is currently equipped with 40 beds but can hold up to 60 beds and it has all the infrastructures and technologies to treat positive Covid-19 patients. The field hospital will help to alleviate the overcrowding issues at the Accident and Emergency Department.

Date of Official Opening:Friday, April 9, 2021.

Funding: The United Sates (US) Government through the US Embassy in Jamaica donated the field hospital.


Renovation Stony Hill Health Centre

Overview: The Stony Hill Health Centre is a Type Three facility, which provides medical care to at least 200 patients per day, now has an expanded records system, dental unit, pharmacy, and an upgraded sewer system. It also has a new consultation rooms, nebulization and rehydration areas and new waiting and sub-waiting areas.

Date of Official Opening: Friday, December 6, 2020.

Funding: The National Health Fund provided the funding at a cost of $80 million.


COVID-19 Building at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Overview: The COVID-19 Building at the St. Joseph Hospital & Medical Centre is a 36-bed facility that will be used to treat more patients with coronavirus and other ailments. It is equipped with the necessary health infrastructure, equipment and personnel. The hospital is built by Rogers Land Development Limited.

Date of Official Opening: Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Funding: Ministry of Health & Wellness provided the funding at a cost of approximately $99 million.

COVID-19 Ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital

Overview: The Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas is a Type C health facility and the only secondary healthcare facility in the parish. It has implemented significant changes to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19). The hospital has a 10-bed dedicated COVID ward, which along with the three-bed isolation facility brings the bed complement dedicated to COVID-19 treatment to 13. The implementation of the ward assisted with the quick response of the National COVID-19 strategic plan.

Date of Official Opening: In March 2020.

Funding: The South East Regional Health Authority provided the funding for the Ward.