Trinidad: San Fernando General Hospital Overcrowding leads to surgeries cancelled

ACUTE overcrowding at the San Fernando General Hospital has led to the cancellation of elective surgeries from today until Friday.

In a memo dated March 19, acting Medical Director Dr Colin Jaggernauth advised all heads of departments of the decision due to overcrowding in the accident and emergency department. He said only patients who are already warded for procedures will be accommodated.

CEO of the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Keith Mc Donald confirmed that the chronic overcrowding problem at the region’s main hospital, which serves over half the population of Trinidad, has been worsened by the closure of Petrotrin.

Prior to last November’s closure, Petrotrin workers and their families would have sought medical treatment at the company’s Augustus Long Hospital in Pointe-a-Pierre. That hospital had approximately 70-beds and provided from simple to surgical procedures.



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