The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) getting a boost to its ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic through a partnership with the international NGO Samaritan’s Purse. The organization will set up a twenty (20) bed tent hospital at PMH to manage COVID-19 cases. A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and administrative support from Samaritan’s Purse will work with PMH clinical staff to provide care to coronavirus positive patients.
Clinical services are tentatively set to begin on Monday October 19th for a period of three to six weeks, after which a transition from Samaritan’s Purse personnel to PMH clinical staff will occur. The hospital tent will be positioned in the hospital’s parking lot “G” located at the rear of the PMH Blood bank.
The tent will be staffed by a sixteen (16) person clinical team split into two shifts, eight (8) persons per shift. COVID-19 positive patients or patients under investigation (PUIs) requiring hospitalization will be admitted to the tent through referral by the PMH Emergency Department.
Samaritan’s Purse has a successful track record of operations in The Bahamas. The organization partnered with the PHA and Ministry of Health to provide tent hospital operations at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama following the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, in conjunction with the Grand Bahama Health Services.