Minister of Health, Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis (left) watches as Michael Diggiss (centre), Principal of Integrated Architect Lead Design Team and Public Hospitals Authority Managing Director, Herbert Brown, sign the $750,000 contract for the construction of an operating suite and support services, at the Princess Margaret Hospital compound.
NASSAU, The Bahamas — Construction of three new operating theatres at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) will address some of the “significant deficiencies” in the surgical department there, Minister of Health Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis said.
Dr Minnis said those deficiencies are a result of undersized theatres and failing infrastructure which were brought upon by the “significant growth” in the number of cases seen at the PMH that require surgery, in addition to growth in the demand for general, specialty and sub-specialty surgeries.
Construction of the new operating theatres will signal the largest capital investment project at the PMH in the past decade.
Construction is expected to commence in mid 2010, with completion scheduled for 12 to 15 months later.
Monday’s contract signing at the PMH between the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and the Integrated Architect Lead Design Team, a Bahamian consortium, comes days after a similar project was launched at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
“These initiatives underscore the Government’s tangible commitment to the Bahamian people to improve, expand and upgrade our ageing and undersized health facilities,” Dr. Minnis said.
“Obviously the need to replace the Princess Margaret Hospital is pressing and is driven by current and projected issues such as population growth, changes in the levels and patterns of diseases, and changing methods and techniques in patient care.
“Recognizing that a new hospital will take, at a minimum, about six years to plan and construct, we have determined that key areas for improvements and development in the existing facility must be addressed in the interim.
“This includes urgent developments in areas such as the emergency room, eye wing, dialysis unit and the operating theatres,” Dr. Minnis said.