The Department for International Development (DFID) will provide EC$34.53 million to improve the physical infrastructure, on the existing site at the Glendon Hospital in St. Johns.
Permanent Secretary Elijah Silcott confirmed that the funds will also be used to purchase new equipment and provide staff training and development to support the change process in hospital departments as a result of the improved facilities. In addition there will be a major health education and health promotion programmes on diabetes, hypertension and nutrition.
The project will also involve the building of a new obstetrics ward, as well as wards for both men and women. There will be facilities for day case surgery in the future. The wards will have the potential to isolate patients if required and specific arrangements for the mentally ill. The hospital is to receive a new ward for children, a new casualty /outpatient block with waiting areas, pharmacy, kitchen facilities, records department, X-ray, administration area and telemedicine facilities.
Mr. Silcott said the changes coming to the hospital will allow for easy access for clients with disabilities.
"The project will also be addressing the future arrangements for the care of the elderly on the island by seeking to ensure that the elderly are able to continue to live in their own homes as long as possible," the permanent secretary added. "The Government of Montserrat would like to thank DFID for their support and approval this very important project."