9th February 2017: The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) would like to respond to a report carried in the Guardian newspaper dated 9th February 2017 headlined ‘Point Fortin Residents call on Mayor... Petition to demand better health care’
The SWRHA wishes to assure the public that we are committed to providing quality service at our Area Hospital. The surgical team at Area Hospital Point Fortin specializes in Gynaecology and Obstetrics surgeries only. The average waiting time for surgeries is one month and these are performed by Clinical Head, Dr. Sylvan Pierre.
As customary, patients are referred to the San Fernando General Hospital for surgeries of other specialties. The San Fernando General Hospital is fully equipped to manage these surgical procedures.
A Paediatrician is expected to assume duties by mid-March 2017. However, in the interim, a Paediatrician is present at the Point Fortin hospital clinic on the first and third Mondays of every month. Also several staff members have also received neo-natal training in order to address any concerns at delivery. This allows us to continually provide Paediatric services to our clients in the Point Fortin Community.
The Area Hospital’s Maternity Ward was recently refurbished and the Operating Theatre’s roof was repaired in the 2014. Ceiling works were also done in 2015.
The public is advised to also utilize the Customer Service Desk or Customer Service Hotline at 87-SWRHA (79742) to have any concern or suggestion addressed.
We would like to take this opportunity to confirm our commitment to the continued provision of quality health care to the nationals of Trinidad and Tobago.