#Jamaica, May 15, 2018 – Kingston – Patients of the Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine requiring physiotherapy treatment no longer need to travel to the Spanish Town Hospital to access the service. There has been a limited introduction of the service, being delivered by a physiotherapist assigned to the Spanish Town Hospital.
In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the Linstead Hospital, Camile Wallen Panton, explained that the service is now available to patients two days per week.
“Currently, patients can access physiotherapy sessions right here in Linstead on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” she noted. She pointed out that physiotherapist, Michelle Johnson Rowe, has offered her time on these days to facilitate the patients.
Mrs. Wallen Panton added that the introduction of the service is the result of the high number of referrals being received at the Spanish Town Hospital from Linstead.
“The services were initially being offered to patients on the ward before we had a designated area for the sessions. An area, which was utilized as a sisters’ station, was transformed in order to facilitate the sessions,” explained Mrs. Wallen Panton.
She indicated that there are plans to include additional days in order to assist more patients.
“In order to achieve this, we would need to have a physiotherapist assigned here, as well as patient care assistants and porters, to be able to properly service the demands at the facility,” she said.