Elective surgeries suspended at VH due to electricity issues

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Elective surgeries suspended at VH due to electricity issues
A photo submitted by a reader at around 7:22 p.m. yesterday during the power outage at Victoria Hospital.
A photo submitted by a reader at around 7:22 p.m. yesterday during the power outage at Victoria Hospital.

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.

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  1. stop blaming everybody and pay you hospital bill that would help the hospital and you guys would get better service all y'all do is complain and point fingers

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  2. FOUR hours without electricity. What about critical patients on ventilation. I heard Dr. Charles and the chief executive officer of the hospital run with their damage control. None of them told St. lucians if the hospital has a back up generator and why it did not kick in. Probably no money to buy disel for it

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  3. I was at the children's ward when that happen, things are getting worst in St.Lucia,I never trusted that prime minister in the beginning when he said better days are coming, it was for him and his boys now things will never get any better. You are not realising that every time you see a death announcement it saying the person die at Victoria Hospital because that is all VH doing "KILLING PEOPLE". What the government is doing with our tax money just travelling an for months talking about EBOLA that they don't know anything about. Kenny is already a killer.

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  4. NOW HERE IT IS VH WERE ON BLACK OUT. WHERE IS THE MINISTER OF HEALTH? TO BUSY REMOVING THE HUTS AT BABONNEAU? LOOK WHERE HER INTEREST HAS TO BE ON VH. IN THIS DAY AND AGE A BIG HOSPITAL LIKE THIS BREAKER GOING BAD.

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  5. Only in stlucia how a hospital cannot hv back up generators especially to the icu renal and surgery rooms kenny nd dem does nothing!!! Always need some blastard assistance

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  6. It's funny how so much money was injected into this state-of-the art hospital which is yet to open to the general public when VH is crubbling slowly but surely...every month we hear of the never-ending issues faced by nurses, doctors and patients alike. Just goes to show how backward the health systems are in this country. Patients turned away and sent to health centre's and the polyclinics-really! Aren't this health facilities closed at night? I guess patients health and lives will be put on hold till you guys get your shit together.

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  7. i was there yesterday when this happen.. i must say the nurses worked very hard to do their work under these conditions. You could see them with the touchlights taking blood. However this is the worst I have seen this hospital... Ms Reynolds is in the wrong profession... imagine they are now telling patients bring their pillows and bedsheets when you enter the hospital... smh

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