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Violence puts QEH under pressure

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Violence puts QEH under pressure

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THE INCREASING INCIDENCE of violent crimes is putting pressure on the resources of the Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Head of the department, Dr Chaynie Williams, said the many cases ending up in A&E were making a run on the hospital’s human and supply resources, and were also preventing other people seeking medical care from “being seen in a timely manner”.

Speaking to the DAILY NATION after addressing a medical seminar at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus yesterday, Williams admitted trauma cases resulting from violent crime were posing a problem and consuming “a lot of time and resources”.

She said: “It involves a lot of human resources as well as supply resources because one person with multiple injuries requires not only doctors, nurses . . . . We need to refer them to the particular specialties [such as] surgeons, the orthopaedic surgeon, and they may need cat scans, fluids . . . .” (GC)

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