Bustamante Hospital for Children

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Bustamante Hospital for Children
Geography
Location Kingston, Jamaica
Coordinates Coordinates: 17°59′59″N 76°46′40″W / 17.99972°N 76.77778°W / 17.99972; -76.77778
Organisation
Care system Medicare
Funding Public hospital
Services
Beds 283 (5 for ICU)
History
Founded 1963
Links
Website Bustamante Hospital for Children


Jamaica Hospital for Children is a children's hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, located on Arthur Wint Drive in the Kingston 5 district of the city, near the national stadium Independence Park and the Bob Marley statue. It is the only children's hospital amongst English speaking nations in the Caribbean.

History[edit]

The Bustamante Hospital for Children was established in 1963 and has serves approximately 35,887 outpatients and 70,331 casualties per year.[1] It has 283 including 5 ICU beds. It was a former British Military Hospital but was transformed into a children's hospital after the British left in 1962 (gifted by British government following Jamaica's independence)[2] and was named after the then Prime Minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante.

Services[edit]

The hospitals services available includes:

The hospital also has a Medical Social Worker programme providing counseling to children.

Awards[edit]

The Bustamante Hospital for Children received the Senior Nursing Administration Award (SANG award) in 2012. This award constitutes the enactment and adherence of policies, professional conduct of the Nursing staff and overall operations of the Nursing department.

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