Four months after the doors of the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex in St John were thrown open, residents are already realizing the benefits.
St John MP and Deputy Speaker, Mara Thompson said so in the House of Assembly today while speaking during the week-long debate on the 2016/2017 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.
In welcoming the new health facility named after her late husband who represented St John and served for three years as Prime Minister, Thompson told fellow parliamentarians that she was pleased to inform them how well it was doing.
She said the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex, to date, had seen 2,345 general practice patients; 331 children under five years of age; 90 family planning clients and 40 ante-natal clients.
Thompson added that the polyclinic was delivering post-natal services; the dietary department was up and running; services of a physiotherapist were available three times a week as of March 1; and there were visiting services from the Psychiatric Hospital.
She also revealed that 240 assorted blood tests had been conducted so far; wound care had been provided for about 130 persons and the clinic was doing outside visits to those unable to attend the facility.
Thompson said there was more to come, referring to the start-up of dental services which were awaiting the arrival of equipment and radiology services. She further stated that she had heard “rumblings” of dialysis services being provided and treatment for persons with substance abuse problems.
She revealed that personnel employed at the polyclinic were hoping to hold health promotions in the courtyard and educational sessions for farmers on rodent and pest control issues.
The St John MP pointed out that the Environmental Health Department had a presence at the polyclinic and was just as vibrant as the polyclinic itself.
Thompson disclosed that so far the Environmental Health Department had licensed 23 food businesses: four bakeries, four salons, and a hotel in St Joseph. The Department had also responded to complaints about rodents and mosquitoes.
Thompson complained about the quality of the road network in St John, and noted some residents were experiencing some difficulty attending the polyclinic because of public transportation challenges.
“The complex, even though it is in use, needs easier access. There are transportation problems largely because of the way in which the bus systems are arranged in the country,” she said.
“It actually means that someone living in Kendal, St John, has to take a bus to Bridgetown and then out to Glebe Land in St John where the polyclinic is located. People who live in Massiah Street cannot get across to Glebe Land by the ordinary bus system,” she added.