Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton Officially reopened the Hagley Park Health Centre on July 4, 2017. The centre, which serves approximately 27,000 residents in 14 communities, was renovated at a cost of $42 million. It now boasts new and improved features such as new sanitary facilities, air conditioning, fire-safety and lighting features as well as access for disabled persons.
Some of the communities served by the centre include Olympic Way, Waltham Park Road, Seivwright Gardens, York Avenue, White Wing, Majesty Gardens, Hagley Park Road, Delacree Park and Seaview Gardens.
During the ceremony, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said the newly renovated facility will allow community members to “access good public healthcare at the primary level”. He also urged community members to utilise the services at the facility instead of hospitals, which are usually located farther away.
Hagley Park Health Centre is a Type Three facility, which offers a range of healthcare services including pharmacy services.
Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the community members to protect the facility. “It is here to serve you the citizens of this community and surrounding areas. You have a responsibility to protect it, watch it and ensure that it is not vandalized,” she said. “Please ensure that you help to keep it in excellent condition.”
In her remarks, Regional Director, South East Regional Health Authority, Ms. Maureen Golding, said the facility has been serving the communities for more than 50 years. Noting that the Hagley Park Health Centre was the third healthcare facility to be renovated in the past 12 months, she added that all primary-healthcare facilities across the Region will be upgraded and renovated on a phased basis.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, NHF, Everton Anderson, said the NHF is pleased to partner with all stakeholders to improve healthcare in Jamaica.