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QEH counting cost

Members of the Roving Response Team vacuuming the water.

Members of the Roving Response Team vacuuming the water.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has commissioned an independent assessment on the cost of damage caused by flooding to several departments early this morning.

In a release this evening, the hospital’s CEO, Dr. Dexter James, said initial observations suggested that the flood resulted from “an operational failure in plumbing works in the cardiac suite of the Lions Eye Care Centre which is under construction”.

While several areas, including the crucial Accident & Emergency department were affected, the QEH reported this evening that full operation had been restored there and the floors cleaned and polished, with the work areas having been sanitised.

The examination rooms were also said to be “now in use”.

Barbados TODAY understands that the crews responding to the incident included volunteers of the island’s active Roving Response Unit, several members of which were involved early mopping and vacuuming water from the works areas.

“Works in progress include replacing a few, water-logged ceiling tiles which should be completed in a few days. This will not affect patient care,” the QEH stated.

As well, it added that: “Antenatal patients with scheduled appointments were relocated to the delivery ward, while haematology patients, particularly those in anti-coagulation, were given medication and their appointments renewed.”

The hospital said the damage was confined to ceiling tiles and “a few mattresses on examination tables”. The floors of the affected departments were cleaned and polished and those areas sanitised as well, it said.

The hospital head confirmed that both the Antenatal and Haematology clinics would be fully

functional by 8:30 tomorrow morning. The CEO lauded management and staff for “diligently responding to this adverse, internal event in a timely manner” and explained that this was necessary in order to provide a safe and sanitary environment for patients and staff and thanked the public for their patience and cooperation. (LB)

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