Portmore is expected to have a new, state-of-the-art hospital by October of this year, once approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW).
The facility, Carivia General Hospital has been in the pipeline since 2014 and is a $2-billion investment that will be located in Cookson Pen, Braeton in Portmore. It was created with the hopes to facilitate first-class private care at reasonable pricing for the average Jamaican, which will also help to take a strain off the public health system.
According to the Jamaica Observer, it will house 23 private beds, six of which will be in high-dependency units. It will also have 3 operating theatres, a full radiology suite, a 24-hour accident, and emergency department, a pharmacy, and consultation rooms for various medical and surgical specialities.
The focus will mainly be placed on surgical disciplines such as weight loss surgery, laparoscopic surgery, hernias, gall bladder surgeries, fibroids, haemorrhoids, and cancer surgeries. Dr. Dawes, the Medical Chief of Staff and Director of Carivia General Hospital indicated that these will be available at a more affordable cost to the public.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives approved a motion to name the municipality of Portmore the 15th parish in Jamaica. The parish capital will also be named Portmore and it is anticipated that further developments will soon follow.