Health minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced on October 6th at the 7th Palliative Care Society conference that Sangre Grande will soon have a designated palliative care unit.
The new unit will be designed based on the locally loved Caura hospital, which is a 12-bed in-patient unit established with North Central Regional Health Authority.
According to local expert Rami Shami the current location in Caura is lovingly nicknamed by the staff as the ‘Gateway to Heaven’ and is situated on a stunning property, surrounded by a complement of larger than life trees that serve to foster a sense of living. Aging at over a hundred years old, one of the beautiful trees on the property is appropriately named ‘The Tree of Life’, as its foliage covers the majority of the grounds. Overlooking the unit are the mountain ranges of Saint George province, which give the sense that you are truly on sacred grounds. What an incredible place to ‘live until you die’.
The new location where the unit will be built in Sangre Grande is still to be determined, but hopefully can replicate the beauty of the current Caura location has provided to the community.