Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Health Services
Release Date:
Thursday, 2 February 2017 - 5:04pm

Minister for Health and Social Development Ronnie W. Skelton is pleased with the progress made and looks forward to the completion of the medical centre that will better facilitate the health needs of Virgin Gorda residents.

A site visit was led by the Project Contractor, Mr. James Todman of James Todman Construction Limited on February 1, who confirmed works are expected to be completed by September.

Now that the steel frame and columns are completed, the next phase involves block work followed by the installation of windows and roofing.

Upon completion, the Iris O’Neal Medical Centre will be a two-story structure, measuring approximately 20,000 square feet. The first floor will include urgent care, pharmacy, x-ray and laboratory services. The second floor will include dentistry and physical therapy services, in addition to consultation and examination rooms.

The original contract sum of $5,969,687.39 was increased by $116,690.50 when the scope of works was varied to include additional earth works and other necessary modifications, bringing the total construction cost to $6,086,377.89.

The new Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre is an important component of the Government’s holistic national health strategy that seeks to increase access to affordable, high quality health services.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates human development and improves the quality of life in the Virgin Islands. 

Photo 1 of 3: The Construction Site of the New Iris O’Neal Medical Centre in Virgin Gorda on February 1, 2017. (Photo Credit: Adrianna Soverall/GIS)

Photo 2 of 3: Minister Skelton, Project Manager Shaina Smith, and BVI Health Services Authority CEO Mrs. Chester Cumberbatch consulting on the construction site of the Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre. (Photo Credit: Adrianna Soverall/GIS)

Photo 3 of 3: Health Officials, Project Office Team and Contractor during a site visit of the Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre on February 1, 2017. (Photo Credit: Adrianna Soverall/GIS)


Adrianna J. Soverall

Ministry of Health and Social Development
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Telephone: 1(284)468-2272 or 2174