11 February 2010
People living in the Turks & Caicos Islands can look forward to better healthcare in two new hospitals thanks to expert support from international consultant, WYG.
The government of the Islands has built two new hospital centres on Providenciales and Grand Turk, worth US$67.2m, in partnership with InterHealth Canada Limited who have agreed to operate the two hospitals for 25 years.
Specialist consultants from WYG Management Services have been the ‘independent tester’ for the project – meaning the hospitals could only go ahead when the consultants issued a certificate of compliance for the building permit.
Dr Jon Harris-Bass from WYG Management Services who worked on the project, said: “As independent tester, we have acted as a review consultant to both the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, and InterHealth Canada for all non-clinical aspects of the project.
“The duties have included a review and assessment of all the design plans for the two centres to determine conformity with the Turks & Caicos Islands building code.
“Following a satisfactory assessment, we issued a certificate of compliance for the building permit. Regular inspections of the works followed during construction to ensure compliance with the terms of the building permit and InterHealth’s construction proposals,” he added.
At the completion of the construction work, WYG will submit a certificate of readiness to show that the building and its facilities are complete, safe and that the relevant services have been properly commissioned.
In addition to the role of review consultant, WYG Management Services has, on behalf of each client, monitored the progress of the work and reported regularly on programme and budget.
The hospitals will open in April 2010 and, based on historical numbers, could cater for around 15,000 people a year in the ER.