Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Port of Spain, April 25, 2012:
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Health continues to improve the delivery of health care services in the country. The construction of a new hospital in Arima is seen as a critical project to support this endeavour. The new Arima Hospital would be managed by the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) and as such would serve to strengthen the hospital network system and ensure an improved level of access to Secondary care services in the Region.
The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) has been appointed as the project developers for the construction and equipping of the new Arima Hospital. Construction of the hospital was tendered by public tender on April 2, 2012 and a pre-bid meeting and site visit for the prospective bidders was held on April 19, 2012. Construction is expected to start in September 2012 with a proposed project handover and commissioning by April 2015.
The proposed site for the new Arima Hospital forms part of the compound of the existing Arima District Health Facility and is located just beside the Arima Savannah at the heart of Arima town. The hospital would be constructed and equipped in accordance with international hospital best practice and standards to meet the Ministry of Health‘s objective with regard to space requirements, function and ambient conditions. The finishes, decor and ambience of the New Arima Hospital will be relaxing, comfortable and to the greatest extent possible non-institutional in appearance. Child-friendly facilities would be incorporated for those services that are to be accessed by children. Green engineering concepts for energy efficiency would be incorporated into the design elements of the hospital.
The new Arima Hospital is envisaged to be modern state of the art 150-Bed facility to include:
- Inpatients Services: Surgical, Intensive Care Unit, Orthopaedic, Maternity
- Same Day Surgery
- Diagnostic Services: Laboratory, Ultrasound and Radiology
- Outpatients Clinics and Pharmacy
- Adult and Children Emergency services 24 hour seven days a week would also be available.