Minister of Health, Dr. Hon. Christopher Tufton officially commissioned a new fluoroscopy unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on September 8, 2016. The unit was purchased at installed at a cost of $68.5 Million.
The unit, which is the second of its kind in the public health sector, was purchased through funding from the National Health Fund. A fluoroscopy unit consists of a specialised X-ray machine that produces real-time moving images that can be viewed on a TV-type monitor. It will assist in diagnosing problems that affect the inner organs, such as the stomach, intestines, kidneys and bladder. Speaking during the official commissioning ceremony Dr. Tufton, said the equipment will assist in the Government’s drive to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare in Jamaica. He also noted that since the start of the year, some 30,501 X-rays have been done at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, which represents an increase when compared to the 21,516 x-rays done between January and December last year.
For his part, Mr. Philip Armstrong, SERHA’s Board Chairman said the new unit has enabled the hospital to not only provide improved diagnostic services, but has also reduced the waiting time for patients. The unit is expected to reduce the processing time for X-rays from 90 to 15 minutes.
"I am very pleased that the diagnostic services at the island’s only Paediatric Hospital have been improved with the installation of the Fluoroscopy Unit. I have no doubt that it will make a difference in the quality of service provided to our young patients," he said.