Thursday 18 July, 2019

Laboratory services at SFGH suspended due to damaged breaker

The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) is advising that laboratory services at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) have been temporarily disrupted, prompting the hospital to put contingency plans in place to house blood products.

In a statement issued on Friday, the SWRHA says the disruption was due to the damaged breaker located at the Bachelor’s Medical Quarters (BMQ) that currently houses the Laboratory and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Departments.

According to the release, blood products such as fresh frozen plasma [have] been redirected to the Couva District Health Facility while a supply for in-patient emergency cases remains at the SFGH Blood Bank.

The RHA says an engineering team has sourced a new breaker and is currently working on replacing the old one in the shortest possible time. As a result, full laboratory and ICT services are currently unavailable. However, blood bank services continue as normal.

The SWRHA notes that updates will be provided and assures that full services will be operational by the end of the day.

 

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