[Press Release] The Ministry of Health continues the steady transitioning of the Victoria Hospital to the Owen King EU Hospital.
Over the past few day staff of the hospital have been engaged in the physical relocation of the Outpatient Unit at VH to OKEUH. However some Outpatient services will still remain at Victoria Hospital.
Clients of the Outpatient Clinic at the Victoria Hospital were informed of the closure of this unit from Wednesday 18th April to facilitate it’s relocation to the Owen King EU Hospital. The Executive Director at the Victoria Hospital, Brenda Calixte said it requires an enormous amount of planning and strategizing to move any section of an active hospital such as VH particularly the Outpatient Clinic which is heavily utilized. She however assured client of the eminent reopening of the Outpatient Clinic at OKEUH.
“On Monday April 23rd we begin our operation of the Outpatient clinic at the OKEU Hospital.”
Calixte explained that since not all hospital services have transitioned to the OKEUH, Outpatient clients are required to walk with certain requested information when coming to the clinic.
“Clients coming to the Outpatient Clinics need to carry their identification cards and if they have any x-rays or ultrasounds to take to the clinic they need to get them done at least a day or two before coming to the clinic. These services are still available at Victoria Hospital so clients can get that done at Victoria Hospital before coming to the clinic. Also, we are asking that they take with them their identification cards because we will be registering persons and to ensure that we do not have any errors, persons need to present their ID cards so that we can do proper registration of clients.”
Clients are also required to carry with them the results of any blood test recently done. Oncology and Echocardiogram Clinics will remain at the Victoria Hospital and are not among the Outpatient services transferred during this move. The Executive Director also indicated that transportation arrangements have been put in place with the assistance of the Ministry of Infrastructure for clients to get to the facility.
“Transportation has been arranged for persons coming to the Outpatient Clinic at OKEUH from the Derek Walcott Square.”
Hospital officials apologized for any inconvenience caused to their many clients as they seek to improve service delivery in a more spacious and comfortable environment.