Nurse hopes hospital expansion benefits premature babies

December 14, 2021
Spanish Town Hospital
Spanish Town Hospital
Stacy Ann Burnett-Brissett
Stacy Ann Burnett-Brissett

Organiser and director of the Tiny Yet Mighty graduation programme at the Spanish Town Hospital, Nurse Stacy Ann Burnett-Brissett, says she is hopeful that her premature babies will benefit from the redevelopment of the institution.

Burnett-Brissett, who started the project in 2017 to highlight premature babies who survived arduous entrances into the world with a photo of them in graduation caps and gowns, says with the hospital getting a facelift, she hopes that will include an expansion of the services the hospital offers so her babies can get the care they need expeditiously.

"We'd love to have everything under one roof," Burnett-Brissett said. "Especially for my premature babies. They'd have their doctor, ophthalmologist, cardiologist and everybody under one roof, so we wouldn't have to be transferring them to any other hospital."

Transferring the babies from different locations poses a large challenge, not only because of the incredible health risk in removing them from critical care apparatus but also because of the lack of available ambulances.

"Sometimes because of the ambulance availability and stuff like that, it's hard to get them to appointments or get certain tests done. So it would make things much easier for everybody and you know, better quality care under one roof. Because now they get the care but you'd have to go from here to somewhere else and sometimes the baby can't come off the oxygen the time we'd want them to come off, especially to get their eyes tested," she said. One of the more common roadblocks premature children face is the need to get their eyes tested to make determinations on their sight. Burnett-Brissett told THE STAR that if this could be done on location, staff would be able to diagnose ailments much faster.

"It would only be a matter of moving from one wing of the hospital to another wing and not moving from the hospital to another hospital," she said. At present a large percentage of tests needed for the babies is done at either the Bustamante Hospital for Children or the University Hospital of the West Indies.

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