UPDATE: Power restored at Victoria Hospital

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UPDATE: Power restored at Victoria Hospital
A photo submitted by a reader at around 7:22 p.m. during during the power outage at Victoria Hospital.
A photo submitted by a reader at around 7:22 p.m. during during the power outage at Victoria Hospital.

Operations are back to normal at Victoria Hospital following last evening’s power outage, reportedly caused by a faulty breaker.

Sources told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the blackout occurred between 5 p.m. and  6 p.m. Power was restored but the second blackout occurred about an hour later and lasted until around 8:30 p.m.. SNO received word of the second outage around 7:20 p.m.

“The entire hospital is in darkness except for a few lamps,” an eyewitness described the situation at the time to SNO.

A crew from the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) worked feverishly to restore to power.

Sources told SNO that Victoria Hospital has experienced brief power outages in the past but yesterday’s incident appeared to have been one of the longest and “most complex” as it took sometime for the LUCELEC crews to find the problem and restore power.

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  1. Hospital in darkness and no backup generator. And let me add NO ambulances. To the government what are you going to do to solve this problem, the people of St . Lucia voted you in because you told that that you could do better. That hospital was old before you turned it into a hospital. You also have a brand new hospital being built and look how long it is taking them. And I'm sure you all go to the private hospital. If tourist had to go to the hospital you are of your hospital. All of the hospitals in St.Lucia need and up grade. The hospital in VueFort burnt down and has never been fix. They are using the stadium. People are dying because of these hospitals and the government refuses to do something about it. Wake up people.

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  2. I am a dialysis patient and I asked to stay home. imagine that. no electricity in the renal unit. what next. I am beside myself

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  3. wow good point guys.. hopefully the type of equipment they have is up to date and can still operate for a few hours without power...if not.. then a few ppl died during that time...

    Scary thought...ventilators...dialysis...medicine pumps...yikes...hopefully those in charge can take away from this and have future contingency plans. You know separate electrical grid for hospitals etc...

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  4. The hospital stayed with no electricity from 5 30pm to 8:30 pm,but that was no reason for the nurses and doctors of the A&E to have been even more unprofessional. It is sad that young professionals have this sort of attitude in an institution where sick people come for help.As for the maintenance crew the friends who got them the job need to get them qualified.Lord Put A HAND

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  5. I'm not surprise anything is possible at VH, St.Judes, Soufriere nad Dennery so call Hospitals.I look at them all as Hospic care you check in but NEVER check out,although the Hospic programme is where one die with Love compassion and dignity.

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  6. I know they have a back up generator but no, it did not kick in. The hospital stayed in darkness for awhile atleast 20 mins or more and trust me I wonder about those in ICU.

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  7. So was here a back up generator. And I need to know what became of the patients in ICU who are mechanically ventilated. That should the major concern in this report by SNO.

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