Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Leaky roof at hospital in Trinidad delayed cancer patients' treatment

Patient having a blood pressure check (Internet image)

Patient having a blood pressure check (Internet image)

Quick work to repair a roof at the San Fernando General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago helped patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) in Trinidad and Tobago assured the public that the leaking roof at the medical facility affecting chemotherapy patients has been repaired and the patients were treated. 

In a statement issued yesterday, October 19, 2019, the SWRHA responded to a media report published in the Trinidad Guardian on the issue.

The SWRHA said the leak was discovered on October 18, 2019, at the Oncology Unit and the matter was "immediately reported and repaired, hence briefly delaying the administration of Chemotherapy to 11 patients by approximately two hours".

The SWRHA assured that all patients scheduled for that day received their mixtures and all other patients received full care inclusive of filled prescriptions.

"Clinical operations at the Unit were fully functional by 10.00am," the Authority said. 

"The SWRHA wishes to assure the public that dedicated and ample medical care is administered at the Oncology Unit with the inclusion of an acting Head of Department and senior medical officers ensuring that services continue effectively.'

"To ensure our patients and staff continue to enjoy a safe environment, our Health, Safety and Environment and Operations teams continue to conduct a full assessment to identify and immediately address any further roof repairs required. These works will be conducted on the weekends to ensure minimal disruptions to service."

"The South-West Regional Health Authority takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to our dedicated staff for their immediate response and apologies for any inconvenience caused," the SWRHA said. 

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