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Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Minister for Health Honourable Damian Greaves has firmly dispelled what he has described as serious misconceptions suggesting the imminent closure of the Dennery Hospital.

Minister Greaves who is also Parliamentary Representative for the area says a new plan to redevelop the Dennery Hospital is under way and much investment has been injected into ensuring that a high level of health care is delivered to patients.

In 2003 patient admissions at the hospital was discontinued due to infrastructural shortcomings. However officials of the hospital say there is a full compliment of staff and all clinics are still operational. Where required, patients are referred to the Victoria Hospital for admission. The Dennery Hospital was originally a 22 bed facility, housing at some 200 stay over patients.

The Health Minister also said the future of the Dennery Hospital will be the subject of a community consultation to be held on the 8th of February 2006. The consultation will be led by a team from the Ministry of Health.

Speaking of the upcoming consultation the Minister says Government has already mapped out a new vision for the Dennery Hospital. He says the plans were shaped in keeping with the national goal of providing superior health delivery at all health institutions island wide.

Minister Greaves says the plan will be presented to residents with a view to considering their inputs on the way forward. The Minister also said the forum will allow for the airing of any public difficulties on the status of the hospital.

This hospital is down for complete review of its operations just as I am now effecting that similar situation for Soufriere. said Greaves.

The Minister says several areas of concern at the Dennery Hospital have been addressed through recent infrastructural renovations to the Casualty area, the Nurses Home and the addition of a newly constructed Dental Unit. He also said the compliment of nursing staff has been augmented.

The Minister on Friday, January 13th, formally accepted a donation of a wheel chair and a heart monitor from the Dennery /UK Association of Saint Lucia and the friends of the Dennery Hospital. This equipment will be used at the Dennery Hospital.

He said the donated equipment underscores the inaccuracy of current speculations. The Minister says understandably such hearsay has been the cause of concerns for the community members from Dennery to Mon Repos, who utilize the services of the hospital.

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