The St. Ann Infirmary has a staff compliment of 32. During the fiscal year a total of 117 persons were cared for. The type of care provided by the infirmary include: mental, physical and psychological. The residents are seen weekly by a Medical Doctor and Mental Health Officer. Residents are provided with food, clothing shelter and occupational therapy. The staff members at the Infirmary have been given additional training in Practical Nursing. Residents are encouraged to participate in farming, craft work and the making of decorative ballisters. An exercise program for the residents is also done on a weekly basis.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTION
This institution is situated on approximately 6.4 hectares of beach front property. At the entrance of the compound is the administrative block which houses the following facilities:
Assistant Matron’s and Secretary’s Office
Doctors Office and Room
Staff Dining Rooms
The two female wards are situated eastward. Westward lies the male wards which consist of three wards, these buildings are dormitory type facilities which are dwelling areas for the residents. The female and male wards are furnished with sanitary conveniences and large dining areas.
Downstairs the back male ward is the laundry room. Between the male and the female ward is the main kitchen where the residents diet are prepared. At the far east of the compound is the Matron and Assistant Matron’s Quarters.
Adjacent to the female ward and nearest to the highway is the male staff rest room.
The purpose of the institution is to provide food, shelter, clothing, medical, dental psychiatric social and spiritual care
for the destitute poor of the parish. Section 29 of the poor relief act states that any one who resides in a particular parish and is unable to work and maintain his/her self due to mental or physical causes is entitled to poor relief assistance.
All residents are given daily diet prepared and served according to individual and medical needs. Able bodied residents are given daily chores and are encouraged to participate in recreational activities, some with limitations in accordance with their physical condition. Residents are seen by the medical officer on a weekly basis, critically ill residents are referred to the hospital agencies for treatment. The death rate among the residents ranges from a low of Zero to a high of four within a given month. Admission to the institution is done through the Poor Relief Office and the Inspector of Poor.
The institution is funded by the Ministry of Local Government through the local authority (St. Ann Municipal Corporation). Donations are made periodically by non governmental organizations, service clubs and churches.