The Chapelton Community Hospital will be partially closed to undergo repairs.
In a statement yesterday afternoon, The Ministry of Health says the closure will last for six months.
It says residents of communities served by the hospital were given an opportunity to voice their concerns about the partial closure at a town hall meeting held at Clarendon College on Tuesday, December 19.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton and House Speaker and Member of Parliament for the area, Pearnel Charles, were the main speakers.
Dr. Tufton told the audience that the hospital needed repairs as the building is very old.
He also noted that the roof is being replaced and persons would be at great risk during that exercise.
The Minister says the contractor has been told very strongly that he should move quickly to ensure that the work is completed within the stipulated time, specification and budget.
Dr. Tufton notes that during the six-month repair period, citizens would have access to an ambulance for emergency cases, especially at nights.
Meanwhile, the Minister said that 50 million dollars would also be spent on the May Pen Hospital in the parish to repair the roof and to do other infrastructural works.