Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Lights restored to Sando Hospital, new breaker blamed for blackout

The South West Regional Health Authority said the blackout at the San Fernando General Hospital was due to the installation of a substitute breaker. 

In a release issued on Friday evening, the SWRHA said the areas affected by the loss of electricity included the Main SFGH Building, Finance, Mechanical Department, Ward 17, Carpentry and Laundry Services Department.

"Appropriate safety and emergency protocols were immediately implemented to ensure that patient care was not compromised. While the standby generator was utilised, through the Disaster Coordination Unit, additional lanterns were distributed to staff in these affected areas to provide further temporary lighting if required," the SWRHA said. 

The SWRHA said kitchen services at the San Fernando General Hospital remained open and functional during the disruption of electrical services and normal lunch meals were provided to all patients.

"In keeping with food safety protocols, sandwiches, a customary inclusion on the hospital’s dinner menu were provided to patients. Additionally, the emergency dinner meal plan provided a pre-packaged cold beverage to clients," the SWRHA said.

The medical body said 19 babies warded in the Neonatal Unit were safely relocated to the Recovery Room at the New Wing, SFGH and at the San Fernando Teaching Hospital. These facilities were not affected by the electrical disruption.

The SWRHA said that an interim solution to restore electrical services has been implemented at the Hospital and the Electrical Services Department continues to work on a more medium to long term solution.

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