NAJ to help conditions of relocated nurses to Falmouth Hospital

NAJ Carmen JohnsonThe Nurses Association says it will seek to ensure that nurses who have been displaced by the relocation of patients from the Cornwall Regional Hospital are not adversely affected.

Association President Carmen Johnson says a transportation system has been put in place to cushion the effects on nurses.

Surgical patients from Cornwall Regional have been relocated to the Falmouth hospital in Trelawny, due to the worsening air quality at the St James based hospital.

Staff and patients have complained of becoming ill from fumes polluting the atmosphere.

All clinical services have been removed from the main building at Cornwall, while other health care services have been relocated to the quadrant, to the back of the hospital.

Ms Johnson says the NAJ will be visiting with members in St James and Falmouth today to assess the situation.

She has sought to encourage nurses that the Association will continue to lobby on their behalf for improved working conditions.

President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Carmen Johnson.

Meantime, the Western Regional Health Authority is to get a new Director to manage the operations of the region.

Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Public Hospital, Errol Greene, is to take over the reins at the WRHA, sometime this week.

The WRHA is responsible for four hospitals, to include the Cornwall Regional Hospital, and eighty-four health centers in St. James, Westmoreland, and Hanover.

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