The Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) was established in November 1963 as the nation’s specialist paediatric hospital when the paediatric ward at the Kingston Public Hospital was transferred to... more this location. The facility was formerly the British Military Hospital and was handed over to the Jamaican government after the country gained independence in 1962. Bustamante Hospital for Children is the only specialist children’s hospital in the English speaking Caribbean and caters to patients from birth to 12 years, providing a comprehensive range of diagnostic, preventative, curative, rehabilitative and ambulatory services offered in paediatric medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties. According to the 2005 census that population was 693,175.
The Hospital has a bed capacity of 283 including a 5 bed Intensive Care Unit that provides critical care service to critically ill patients. The Accident and Emergency department operates on a twenty-four hour basis and sees approximately 77,000 patients per year. In addition, specialist clinics are held five days per week in the Outpatients’ Department. The psychosocial, educational and recreational components of paediatric care are addressed through services delivered in the Medical Social Work Department and a Learning and Activity Centre. An overnight suite with limited accommodation for parents is also located on the premises.
Since 1963, a lot has been done to improve the infrastructure at the hospital. In 1991, a major re-development took place, which saw construction of the Diagnostic Services Block (Radiology and Laboratory), Operating Theatre Suite, Accident and Emergency Building, Specialist Out-patient Block, 6 Wards, Morgue and Biomedical Workshop.
The hospital is one of ten within the South East Region, and is managed by the South East Regional Health Authority. A Chief Executive Officer heads the local team and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the institution. The Senior Medical Officer has responsibility for the technical services, and the Matron is responsible for nursing services. The staff complement of approximately 450 comprises administrative, medical, para-medical, nursing; ancillary and other support services staff.
Rate of readmission after discharge from hospital (hospital-wide)
There is no indicators supported for this facility. If your hospital is part of major country or region based indicators that you value, please suggest it to us via our suggestion box in the bottom left corner and we’ll consider it's integration.