Services at Lucian hospital suspended as doctors test COVID-positive
Owen King EU Hospital in St Lucia (FILE)
Three employees at the Owen King EU Hospital in St Lucia have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Hospital Director Nancy Francis.
The employees include one administrative staff and two physicians.
According to a hospital document that found its way into the public domain, some of the hospital’s team members are in isolation while others are in quarantine for the next two weeks.
“Our main concern right now is the wellbeing of our staff and team members,” Francis told Loop News Monday.
Because of this, outpatient services at the island’s main healthcare facility has been suspended for the next 14 days.
These include gynecology, orthopedics and anesthesiology.
Only emergency surgeries will be performed.
There are concerns however as it relates to accessing services of the Hospital.
“It is extremely important that the general public know they need to ensure that they have an appointment for them to access out outpatient services and if they do not have an appointment they need to get in touch with the hospital by sending an email to email@example.com and they will receive a response from us.”
We have activated our protocols in case someone was tested positive at work to make sure that we continue to administer services of the hospital as well as ensuring staff safety is catered for,” Francis said.
Health care workers on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 face a high risk of becoming infected and are confronted with the possibility of not only getting sick and dying but also of bringing the infection home to their families and contributing to spread in their communities.
“Generally, the staff members have concerns about their health and safety of themselves, their families and each other, so I think the support is there among the staff, we constantly encourage each other and we admonish our peers if they are not doing what they supposed to do.
As a management team we are monitoring the situation and making the necessary changes as we progress through this pandemic,” the director said.