I meant to write about this a couple of days ago, but got a bit preoccupied with a few things. I was very happy to hear that the East End Urgent Care Centre has been opened in St. David’s, as I think this is an extremely progressive move. I feel that this will greatly reduce the risk of long-lasting injury to many who may be injured in the East End, as often the more immediate the response to an accident the better the results. This centre has the potential to greatly reduce the risk of mortality or damage from strokes, heart-attacks and road accidents in the east, as well as being extremely useful for events like births and check-ups. It will also be a great asset for the airport and even marine accidents and air-ambulances.
One particularly beneficial aspect of the centre will be in the event of another catastrophic storm event like Hurricane Fabian that isolated St. Georges and St. David’s by severely damaging the causeway. I was serving my first year in the Regiment at that time, and was part of the first patrol sent out at dawn (we had ‘volunteered’ to spend the hurricane itself at Warwick Camp as a rapid response unit), and we were the first group from the Regiment to reach the causeway that day and were completely stunned by the damage. Until the new bridge is constructed (and what is the hold-up with that anyway?) this centre will reduce concerns about healthcare during storm events when the causeway is closed as a precautionary measure.
I always thought it was a monumentally short-sighted move by the Government of the day to effectively mothball the old USNAS hospital, but I am happy to see that this has now been corrected. In addition to serving as a care centre in the east, I reckon this building will also relieve a lot of pressure on the King Edward VIII Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, if a Western Urgent Care Centre is built, this could relieve enough pressure on the central hospital to allow its much needed reconstruction. Of course, a new central care centre should also be constructed too.
I thought people might be upset about the Ministerial over-ruling of the committee charged with selecting a name for the East End Urgent Care Centre, especially after the furore about the recent sports award and naming of the St. David’s school. However, I think that the Minister made the right decision here in choosing to honour nurses Annie Foggo and Susan Lamb over Jane Lusher. I don’t mean any offence towards the family of Jane Lusher by this though, I feel that when the West End Urgent Care Centre is constructed it would be fitting to name it after her honour, as she appears to have contributed more directly to health-care in the West End. Alternatively, if we set up our own version of a Centre for Disease Control, perhaps this would be a fitting tribute to Ms. Lusher with her contributions towards controlling the Yellow Fever epidemic. For political minded people though I do reckon the identities of those who resigned from the over-ruled committee are of some interest, but I personally don’t think that was either here or there to be honest.