A power failure at the Victoria Hospital (VH) yesterday has led to the suspension of elective surgeries at the hospital.
At a press conference today, Medical Director of the Victoria Hospital, Dr. Lisa Charles explained that the suspension is to allow the three operating theatres, to return to normalcy following the recent power outages.
According to the hospital’s director, two patients who were due to undergo emergency surgeries yesterday, had to be transferred to Tapion Hospital for treatment, after the power outage, which initially began at about 5:00.p.m and lasted for several hours.
Charles disclosed however that at no time of the outages was any patient lives at risk, stating that they were no clinical mishap, or bad outcome.
At the time of the press conference, 80 per cent of power was already restored. Engineers have been working to restore electricity to the hospital.
Both the renal and dialysis unit have been affected. The distillation plant also remains inoperative. The Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit has not been functioning to full capacity, ever since the electricity issue.
Sources had told SNO that many patients were turned away yesterday. A faulty main breaker was blamed for the power outages.
VH is encouraging patients to consider using the health centers and polyclinics until electricity is fully restored.