Friday 20 September, 2019

Physiatrist donates Smart TV to KPH Physiotherapy Department

*From left to right: Dave Foster, Supervisor of Outpatient Department, Alicia King, Manager of Physiotherapy services, KPH,VJH Hospitals, and Dr Paula Dawson at the KPH Hospital for the handover of a Smart TV to the Physiotherapy Department there.

*From left to right: Dave Foster, Supervisor of Outpatient Department, Alicia King, Manager of Physiotherapy services, KPH,VJH Hospitals, and Dr Paula Dawson at the KPH Hospital for the handover of a Smart TV to the Physiotherapy Department there.

The Rehabilitation Institute of the Caribbean recently handed over a 50-inch Smart TV to the Physiotherapy Department at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

The Smart TV will assist in training, enhancing patient care and be an excellent medium for the easy and efficient sharing of information. According to Alicia King, Manager of Physiotherapy Services at KPH.

 King said the Smart TV is a valuable addition to the department and will serve to share important information with patients, their relatives and their caregivers.

“The waiting area will now be transformed into a learning space”,

Dr Paula Dawson, founder and medical director of the Rehabilitative Institute of the Caribbean said the aim was to help enhance patient care and therapy at the hospital.

“While it will play a small role in boosting the capacity to treat patients, educate and train, I believe that as a society if we can assist in any way, no matter how small, we definitely should,” Dawson said.

Lecturer and Consultant Physiatrist at University Hospital of the West Indies highlighted however that “we can choose any group or entity to assist, health care, education or wherever we choose. At the Rehabilitation Institute of the Caribbean, we understand the importance of Rehabilitation, so anything we can do collectively to assist, we will”.

KPH is one of the region’s oldest medical institutions and the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. Following the outbreak of poliomyelitis in Jamaica in 1953, KPH opened the island’s first Physiotherapy Department, as the medical profession used Physiotherapy as one of the resources to deal with this devastating disease. Physiotherapy helps to restore mobility and function in people affected by illness, injury or disability, using exercise, movement, manual therapy and education.

The Physiotherapy Department at KPH continues to offer excellent medical service to the ever-growing number of Jamaicans in need of this specialised care.

“Many Jamaicans in need of health care are not able to afford private treatment, so they come to KPH where the services are markedly subsidized, but people sometimes don’t recognise the effort that is made to ensure that the standard and quality of therapy and care is on par with what is offered in private institutions,” King said.

Speaking at a function celebrating Physiotherapy Week in September 2018, Dr Natalie Whylie, Senior Medical Officer at KPH, called the Physiotherapy Department ‘One of the jewels in the crown at KPH, offering efficient clinical services.’

 

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