The Spanish Town Hospital is a large general hospital with a wide range of facilities. Recently a new block with a state of the art physiotherapy department was opened at the hospital. The Spanish Town Hospital was opened by Sir Hugh Foot in 1952 and is a major landmark in Spanish Town. It is the largest ‘Type B’ Hospital in St Catherine and has statistics comparable to Kingston Public Hospital and Cornwall Regional Hospital, both of which are ‘Type A’ hospitals.
The hospital currently experiences an increasing demand on its services as it serves rapidly growing communities in St. Catherine such as Portmore, Eltham and Ensom City. Also, its close proximity to three major highways means that victims of motoring accidents are often admitted to the hospital’s Emergency department.
The hospital has been steadily improving its services thanks to some generous sponsors including the Spanish government. In 2008, a new haemodialysis centre, equipped with seven machines and six stations, as well as other dialysis equipment, was officially opened. The centre has been valued at some $20 million.
In February 2009, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain opened the King of Spain Wing. This state-of-the-art facility was erected from a derelict out-patient building a few metres from the hospital’s laboratory. It is a 34 bed facility, which also hosts the Physiotherapy Department and has significantly enhanced the quality of service that is offered. In 2011, the Spanish government made a further donation of over 250 pieces of equipment to the Spanish Town Hospital, which has incresed the amount of working equipment at the hospital.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||English (patois)|
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