Administrator at the Prince Margaret Hospital (PMH) Mary Walker said yesterday that when the new Critical Care Block officially opens in a few months, mass opportunities for Bahamian specialty doctors to fill jobs will be available.
During a tour of the $55 million, 66,000 square foot building on Monday, Mrs. Walker noted that the hospital will need additional trained Bahamian doctors to complement the state-of-the-art building now being constructed.
“The positions that will be available for the Critical Care Block will be in the area neonatology, for the special kids,” she said. “Also for the theaters we are looking for trained anesthetists and general surgeons and we do have the specialty services here.”
But Mrs. Walker said while the hospital will need these trained professionals on hand, the problem comes in trying to find the allied health services who will be needed to support doctors and surgeons in their work and in the operating theatres.
“For example, perfusionists, surgical technicians to augment the nursing staff you have,” the PMH administrator added. “There will be opportunities for Bahamians to step forward.
In the laboratory itself we will be looking for lab technicians, so in the seven disciplines here in this Critical Care Block there is opportunity for Bahamans to come home and be a part of this.”
Mrs. Walker said so far there have already been two classes of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Neonatal nurses training.