Operation Nightingale was a success. All 57 patients were transferred from the old Scarborough Regional Hospital to the New Scarborough Hospital. The Tobago Regional Health Authority spare headed the massive exercise.
However, in-spite of the assurances that full services would be accessible in the neonatal department, four operating theatres, medical imaging, rehabilitation and 19 specialty services a patient had to be air lifted to the Port of Spain General Hospital. In addition there were allegations that some patients were discharged from the old Hospital before the transfer despite of complaining of being unwell.
The 100-bed hospital at Signal Hill was handed over to the Division of Health and Social Services two weeks ago. At last Thursday's media briefing, Health Secretary Claudia Groome-Duke had announced that the new hospital would be fully operational by December 15.
At the new Hospital, there is improved security services such as an electronic locking system and baby monitors and an improved customer service.
There was also the addition of Eighteen new house officers, a variety of specialists and 50 nurses to the medical staff that served the old hospital.