About Bay Medical Centre
Bay Medical Centre, a private health care institution, is located in Tapion, a quiet, picturesque suburb of Castries, only five minutes drive from the city centre of Castries in Saint Lucia.. The medical centre is conveniently located just “a stone’s throw” from St. Lucia’s only private hospital, Tapion hospital .Therefore emergency services, pharmacy and a fully accredited Medical Laboratory and radiology facilities are a two minute walk away. There is a shuttle that runs hourly between Tapion hospital and the Derek Walcott Square in Castries city centre. Clients are allowed to park in Tapion Hospital car park. The main public hospital, Victoria Hospital, is a 3 minute drive away on the way to Castries city. The George F. L. Charles Airport is less than fifteen minutes away.
Origin and history of Bay Medical Centre
Dr. Amanda King and Dr. Charles Greenidge were amongst the first doctors at Tapion Hospital when it opened in 1996. They formed part of the Tapion team and their offices were onsite. However, in 2002 they relocated to Barbados for Dr. Greenidge to become a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dr. King partnered with Dr. Cindy Flower, the only rheumatologist in Barbados and they created a multidisciplinary rheumatological centre called Rosewood Medical Centre. This centre provided general medical and surgical services in addition to rheumatology. There was physiotherapy, nutritional counselling, psychiatric services, a pharmacy and aids for daily living on site. The Bay Medical founding team ran the first Arthritis self-management program in Barbados at Rosewood, having been trained in St. Lucia by the authors of the program from Stanford.
They decided to return to St. Lucia in 2004. There was no longer office space at Tapion Hospital but fortunately a building across the road was available for sale. This was fortuitous as the couple were core group members of Tapion Hospital and wanted to complement the services there as well as provide easy access to other services for their clients.
They acquired the building and established Bay Medical Centre. The centre is linked to Tapion in many ways eg the telephone numbers are extensions and both doctors have served on the Tapion board. Dr. Greenidge is currently a Board member.