Health care services at the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (SJGRC) received a boost on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 with the donation of 17 wheelchairs from the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North. The total cost for the wheelchairs are valued at $140,000. The club also donated a suction machine valued at $100,000 to the centre this year.
Ms. Jacqueline Ellis, CEO, Liguanea Regional Hospitals in expressing thanks to the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North said the equipment/items will go a long way in enhancing the hospitals’ ability to serve its patients.
“I want to express appreciation to Rotary Club of St. Andrew North not only on behalf of the centre but also the countless number of patients that will benefit from the use of wheelchairs and the suction machine,” she said. “Over the years, the Rotary Club International has provided much needed support for the health facilities and continues to be one of the contributors to the development of this facility,” she added.
Secretary, Rotary Club of St. Andrew North, Kecia Taylor, in her remarks at the handing over, said that the club is very pleased to be donating valuable equipment/items to the Centre that will help the patients seen on a daily basis.
This facility under the management of the South East Regional Health Authority offers nursing, medical, physiotherapy, social work, counselling, speech therapy, psychiatric services, prosthetics and orthotics. It has a capacity for 66 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).