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Extended opening hours in several health establishments in the SERHA region

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) says the opening hours of a number of health centers in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine and St Thomas have been extended.

Health officials said the move comes as they try to cope with an increase in the number of patients affected by seasonal illnesses.

Health authorities said the increase normally leads to longer wait times and some overcrowding and therefore patients are urged to understand that doctors and nurses are working to deal with seasonal illnesses.

“It is that time of year when hospital visits within the South Eastern Regional Health Authority (SERHA) will increase due to influenza, dengue and other seasonal illnesses” , says a press release from SERHA.

“This normally leads to longer wait times and some overcrowding, particularly in the emergency and accident departments. We ask for patience and understanding as our doctors and nurses work to deal with these seasonal illnesses,” the statement read.

Health officials said members of the public are encouraged to use their community health centers for mild symptoms and to let their doctor or nurse determine if they should go to hospital for further care.

SERHA has provided the list of health centers with extended opening hours:

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