The construction of a 30-bed wing at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (SJGRC), is to commence this year, to adequately meet the demands of Jamaica, as the population has far outgrown the capacity of the services, resulting in a long waiting list of persons requiring rehabilitation care.
Speaking at the official launch of the building drive at the centre on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Dr Rory Dixon, Senior Medical Officer, SJGRC, said the new building is intended to increase accommodation for adults seeking rehabilitation care, particularly after spinal cord injury.
Part funding to facilitate the expansion of the facility will be donated from an undisclosed percentage of profits from the new orthopaedic division - Bioprist Pharmaceuticals Orthopedic Solutions.
The rehabilitative centre has a capacity for over 75 inpatients including children. Patients include persons with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, congenital defects and other neurological conditions, as well as orthopaedic conditions (primarily lower limb amputations). Approximately 50 new cases of spinal cord injury are seen annually.