Robert Smith Ward

Mission Statement
“To improve the quality of life for our patients by providing a nurturing and stimulating environment for the mentally and physically challenged.”

The Robert Smith Ward was named after a Male Nurse, Robert Smith.  This ward houses physically and mentally challenged children and adults. These clients as we know are not able to perform at the highest level that we are able to, due to the depletion of the brain function because of difficulties incurred before, during or after birth.  

The Robert Smith Ward is the wonderful home of thirty (30) patients and is divided into three (3) sections, two (2) cubicles and a Male Dormitory.  The ward admits patients ranging in age from ten (10) to forty-seven (47) years old.

Cubicle 1: This cubicle houses a total of six children that require total nursing care.
Cubicle 2: This section has a total of twelve clients with some of them requiring assisted care, as they can feed themselves under supervision.
Male Dorm: The dormitory houses a total of twelve older males.
Day Room: The Robert Smith Ward also operates an onsite Day-Care Facility where home-based mentally, severely challenged and physically challenged children are transported to the centre. The ward also accommodates these clients during the summer.

Patient regular activities include:

  • Going to a movie once a month
  • Physical therapy work tasks
  • Art and crafts
  • Music appreciation
  • Leisure education
  • Behavior modification
  • Nature walks
  • Bus rides
  • Outdoor games
  • Attend church services off the compound

Diagnosis Treated

  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental Retardation: Mild - Profound
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Muteness

Therapeutic Team

  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatric Trained Nurses:
    • Nursing Officers
    • Registered Nurses
    • Trained Clinical Nurses
    • Nursing Auxiliaries
    • Attendants
    • Social Workers
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Recreational Therapist
    • Physiotherapist
    • Psychologists

Source of Referrals

  • Accident and Emergency Department, Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Out Patient Department,  Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Wards of the Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Family Islands
  • Community Counseling & Assessment Centre
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Patient’s Homes
  • Self Referred

Family Responsibilities
Family members should remain in close contact and visit their relatives regularly.

  1. Family members can plan an on-ward birthday celebration for their relatives, recognizing that these children need their love and support.
  2. Family members should support the various events organized by the ward.
  3. Family members can request to have the patient with the family at home.

Special Annual Events
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Easter and Christmas Parties
Christmas Ward Decorations
Patients’ Junkanoo Parade
Christmas Party
Halloween

Annual Robert Smith Ward sponsors:

  • The Rotary Club of South East Nassau
  • The Salvation Army
  • Other participants and sponsors

Visiting Hours
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 mid-day
Monday - Saturday and Sunday & Holidays
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For additional information or to inquire how you can assist, please contact us

Contact Information
Robert Smith Ward
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
P. O .Box FH-14383
Fox Hill Road
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 364-9691
Fax: (242) 324-3922

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