Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar George has announced that with the successful integration of COVID-19 management into the regular health service complete, the closure of the Respiratory Hospital is the final stage of the process.
On March 28, 2020, the authorities converted Victoria Hospital into the Respiratory Hospital to isolate, treat and care for COVID-19 patients.
But the Chief Medical Officer noted that there had been a reduced threat of the virus, lower admission rates, and facility use.
As a result, the Ministry of Health has assessed the current health services needs and advised on the best use of the facility.
“The decision was taken by the Cabinet of Ministers to renovate, retrofit and utilize the Administration Block including the Accident and Emergency Department, Francoise Dolto Building and the section designated to the Cuban Eye Programme of the Victoria Hospital as the Castries Urban Polyclinic,” Dr. Belmar George said in a statement on Wednesday.
The complete statement appears below: