Deputy Premier, Minister Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration and Ninth District Representative Hon. Vincent Wheatley announced that the Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic in Virgin Gorda, which has had many announced completion dates might be finally opening.
While speaking in the House of Assembly on 2 September during the Private Members business Hon. Wheatley hinted that an opening date might be finally set: “Later this month we are hoping to open the Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Center that’s coming on very, very nicely,” the Minister said.
The Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic was expected to be open years ago and this is the second time since the February general elections that mention of opening has been made. The previous announcement was made back in June by Minister for Health Hon. Carvin Malone.
The Health Minister made the disclosure on 13 June in his report on his 100 days in office. Prior to the elections in February it was announced that the Nurse Iris O’Neal clinic was finally going to open but that date was struck.
Last year the Government announced that it was going to open the facility even if it did not have everything. At that time December 2018 was the carded opening date.
The ground breaking ceremony for the Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic took place on 30 March 2015 and since that time there have been multiple opening dates and promises of close-to-completion. At the start of the project the clinic was expected to cost five million dollars, however that cost bumped up to six point five million dollars.
The mini hospital on Virgin Gorda is expected to operate 24 hours per day and offer emergency care, family care, mental and radiology and many other services