Learn from 'Grande' hospital
What a pleasure it is to read genuinely and unreservedly good news in this country at this time. I refer to your article headlined: "Patients happy at Sangre Grande, Arima" (Express, October 24) health facilities. This is not the first or second time that the Sangre Grande Hospital and its entire staff, have come in for abundant praise.
Over the years the Sangre Grande hospital has cemented an enviable reputation for excellent patient care.
On every occasion, the speed with which the care was provided was appropriate to the urgency of the situation. It was also comprehensive and efficient. All tests and X-rays that were assessed to be needed were done expeditiously. All medication, so long as it was available, was provided. And most importantly they were treated with great care and compassion — in the highest traditions of the medical and nursing professions. The staff of the Sangre Grande Hospital deserve all the praise showered on them.
But can we not learn from the Sangre Grande Hospital? Is it the fact that the community which it serves is a close-knit and caring one and these qualities have somehow been absorbed into the institution? Are there special training programmes for the staff of this hospital that are different from elsewhere in the country? The Ministry of health should take all appropriate steps to find out what makes the Sangre Grande Hospital so special and apply its findings to all other hospitals in the country.
Sangre Grande is just about the "nicest" place to live and work in this country.
Ashton S Brereton