A pregnant woman who recently sought treatment at the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon, says she’s concerned about the quality of medical care at the facility.
The woman says she went to the hospital after suffering from severe abdominal pains.
She says while she was treated well by the health professionals, she almost didn’t get treatment due to the lack of medicines at the facility.
We’ve altered the woman’s voice to protect her identity.
A hospital is defined as an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.
But while this woman was treated with professionalism by staff at the May Pen Hospital, medicine was not available.
She says hospital staff had to search long and hard to find the medicine she needed to ease her pain.
According to the woman, the medicine she needed was one which any health facility, especially a hospital, should stock in abundance.
The revelation comes in light of the recent audit into the health care sector.
The audit found that the delivery of healthcare was being compromised by a lack of equipment, a shortage of critical supplies and a poor infection prevention system.
The Health Ministry has refused to release the full details of the audit to avoid ‘prejudicing’ certain facilities.
The patient says the doctor had first prescribed an injection, but realized that they were out of the drug.
The patient says she’s highly appreciative of the help from the doctors and nurses.
She says she sympathizes with the conditions under which they work.
Efforts by our news centre to contact the management of the May Pen Hospital were unsuccessful.
We were also unable to make contact with the Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Michael Stewart.