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South East Regional Health Authority

Update on SERHA’s Probe into Death of Patient at the National Chest Hospital

Jul 13, 2020  |  Kingston

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has launched an investigation surrounding the death of a patient at the National Chest Hospital on Tuesday, July 8, 2020.

The preliminary report revealed that the medical team provided all the necessary medical attention to the patient and the clinical management procedures were followed. It is to be noted that the patient was admitted to the hospital for a known chronic respiratory illness.

As part of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ surveillance protocol, all patients being admitted to the public hospitals must be tested for COVID-19; as such, the patient in question was tested and a negative result was returned.

The Hospital Management is being asked to examine the existing security protocols and where necessary, to put in place the appropriate measures for those patients who may pose a risk to themselves.

The Board Chairman, Mr. Wentworth Charles, has committed to give full disclosure of the findings of the investigation to the family of the deceased, upon its conclusion.

SERHA assures the public that every effort will be made by the staff to preserve the lives of all who seek treatment and care at its institutions.

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