The University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI) confirmed tonight (June 30) that it has been forced to postpone elective surgeries until at least next Monday, due to problems with its power supply.
CEO of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Dr.Trevor McCartney
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the hospital, Dr. Trevor McCartney, told JIS News tonight that there have been severe power problems on the premises for the past seven days, due to the fact that one of the two transformers providing electricity blew out last week Thursday leaving only half of the compound lit.
The institution had to turn to its standby units to keep the compound lit, especially the residences. But, while they provided enough light they could not produce enough air conditioning. In the meantime the child health, obstetrics and gynaecology departments have been seriously affected, and elective surgeries postponed. Power is being diverted to the residences on the premises, after out-patients clinics are closed at 4:00 p.m. and until they reopen at seven the next morning.
“We have had to be rescheduling elective surgeries since last week Thursday. We do not expect to be able to do any elective surgery for the rest of week, but we hope to resume Monday,” Dr. McCartney said.
Dr. McCartney also admitted that the problems seem to be a test for the electrical engineers, as they have sought the help of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), as well as private electrical contractors, to assist in restoring normality without success.
A new transformer which was commissioned today failed to perform when it was switched on, and the starter for the main standby generator has also blown.
Elective surgery is subject to choice (election). The choice may be made by the patient or doctor, as opposed to emergency surgery.