May Pen Hospital is located in South Central Clarendon and is situated on Muirhead Avenue on the Western side of the town of May Pen. The eighteen (18) acres of land on which it is built is known as “Denbigh” and is in close proximity to the Farmers’ Agricultural Show Grounds. This parcel of land was donated for the purpose, to the government, by the former Custos Muirhead of Clarendon.
On December 12, 1974 the hospital was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, Hon. Micheal Manely to serve the people of May Pen and its environs. Initially this Type C hospital had a capacity of (50) fifty beds.
In 1976, with the addition of Paediatrics and Maternity, the bed capacity increased to seventy-six (76) beds. As the population of May Pen grew between the periods 1970 – 1984 by 57.8% and 1984 – 1991 by 20%, the health facilities were deemed to be no longer adequate to serve the needs of the population.
The final expansion strategies for the hospital to be officially declared a Type “B” are:
The recruitment of a Paediatric Consultant
The opening of the sixth ward