State bank First Citizens opened its 100th automatic teller machine (ATM) at the main gate to the San Fernando General Hospital on Tuesday.
Two machines are now available at Independence Avenue.
In 2009, the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) had invited the country’s banks “to look at the possibility of having an ATM machine on the compound and (First Citizens) responded,” SWRHA’s chairman Dr Lackram Bodoe said.
He said with the addition of the San Fernando Teaching Hospital that is almost complete, the two ATM machines will be “very convenient” for patients, staff and visitors of the hospital.
Bodoe said: “It is going to be extremely convenient, so it is a win-win situation, good for them and good for us.”
Dexter Charles, manager of First Citizens’ group corporate communications said: “With all the organisations and companies and buildings going up, the need for the ATM in that area would have been necessary. A customer even recommended it and based on that, we decided to put the ATM at the hospital. It is really responding to a community need and not just a business decision.”
He said the bank planned to continue providing ATM services throughout the country and the one located at the hospital was the first such First Citizens ATM to be situated at a public health institution.
San Fernando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali attended the opening and offered congratulations to the bank.
He said: “It is good to know that the city of San Fernando while celebrating its 25th year as a city also has the 100th First Citizens ATM.”
He added: “It will make it easier for persons to access cash while visiting the San Fernando General Hospital and also who may need to conduct business in the city.”