Community Clinics

Within the Department of Community Health Services, there are seven (7) main clinics and two (2) satellite clinics, which are located in the following settlements on Grand Bahama Island and may be contacted by the telephone numbers indicated:

  • Hawksbill Clinic                         (242)352-7722
  • Eight Mile Rock Clinic                (242)348-2227
  • West End Clinic                         (242)346-6463
  • High Rock Clinic                        (242)353-5600
  • McLeans Town Clinic                 (242)352-3070
  • Sweetings Cay Clinic                 (242)352-2178
  • Grand Cay Clinic                       (242)352-1244
  • Freetown Clinic                          (Clinics are held on Friday mornings only)
  • Pelican Point Clinic                    (Clinics are held on Tuesday mornings only)

All services offered are extended to all communities serviced by the department as follows:

  • Maternal and Child Health (Antenatal, Postnatal and Family Planning Services)
  • Child Health Services (Well and Sick Baby Clinics, Immunizations)
  • General Practice Clinic (Minor Ailments, Adult Immunization)
  • Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (Diabetes and Hypertension)
  • Psychiatric Clinic
  • Domiciliary/Home Visiting
  • Dental Services

Comprehensive services are available for specific target groups:

  • Extended Programme on Immunization
  • Postnatal Services (follow-up care of recently delivered women)
  • School Health Services (routine school physicals to Grades 1, 6 and 10 pupils of Government schools, minor ailment sessions and follow-up of “At Risk” students).
  • PACE Centre (Teen mothers)
  • Gerontology Services (Clinic and Home visits to the elderly)
  • Disease Surveillance (management and treatment of clients with Communicable and Sexually Transmitted Diseases at Rand Memorial Hospital, Clinics and community)
  • District Nursing Services
  • Maternal and Child Health coordination (breastfeeding, education and auditing of Maternal and Child Health Services)
  • Healthy Lifestyle Initiative

Vision
All target groups will be guaranteed the opportunity to achieve a high standard of healthcare.

Mission
To protect the health status of Grand Bahama and the neighbouring cays through the provision of disease prevention and protection programmes, hence promoting optimum levels of wellness among the population.

Objectives

  1. To define the procedures and policies of Public Health Nursing with such clarity that they may easily be understood by new practicing staff in New Providence and the Family Islands (Grand Bahama and Grand Cay).
  2. To improve primary healthcare services, prevent ill-health and promote and maintain optimum health for all persons in the community utilizing the nursing process.
  3. To motivate staff in their desire for efficiency in carrying out the policies thereby greatly improving the quality of services rendered.
  4. To maintain a high standard of nursing ethics within the department.
  5. To provide learning opportunities for practicing Nurses to attain/increase competency, appropriate to their roles in the client/unit agency and setting.
  6. Provide information for students, Nursing/Medical and Allied Health workers

Philosophy
We believe that:

  1. The ultimate aim of Public Health Nursing is to improve the healthcare of the community.
  2. Public Health Nursing services people in their environment.
  3. The rights of individuals, families and groups to make their own decisions regarding health matters are respected.
  4. Public Health Nursing as a family centred service perceives the community as a group of families and the individual as a member of the family.
  5. Public Health Nursing provides skilled nursing for the non-hospitalized, sick and handicapped.  It strives to prevent disease and retard its progress.
  6. Working with Allied Health workers and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) enhances positive health habits.
  7. Theoretical and practical instruction in the fundamentals of Public Health Nursing for Nursing Students and orientation in Public Health Nursing for qualified Nurses and personnel from Allied Health Services is essential.

The community based clinics provide the following Primary Health Care services: