Saturday 28 March, 2020

Health officials on what to expect during Victoria Hospital/OKEU move

Health officials have put the public on alert that come Friday, March 27, 2020, it will no longer be business as usual at the Victoria Hospital as the hospital actively transitions to the Owen King EU Hospital.      

As the date draws nearer for the imminent move of Victoria Hospital, Nursing Director, Ruth Regis-Adesanya, says:

“So on Friday morning, we’re going to move all our in-patients starting at 8 am.  As such, there are a number of measures that we’ve had to put in place to facilitate the smooth move of our patients. Visiting time on that day will be from 6 am to 7 am only. There will be no visiting time again for that day, normal visiting hours will recommence on Saturday. Additionally, our maternity patients, who would normally seek care, we will still receive these patients even while we’re moving the patients but up till 12 noon.”

Nursing Director, Ruth Regis-Adesanya

The maternity unit at the Victoria Hospital, she says, closes down from noon, so any pregnant patient coming for care would have to go straight to the Owen King EU Hospital.

“For Accident and Emergency or what is commonly called casualty, we will continue to give care within that unit until 4 pm on that day. Therefore, from 4 pm the Accident and Emergency or Casualty Unit at Victoria Hospital is closed.  During that 8 am to 4.00 pm period, St Jude Hospital will give us some assistance. So there is the possibility that some persons will be redirected to the St Jude Hospital based on the presenting situation,” she added.

The pubic is further advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain protocols have been put in place for the protection of staff and clients of both OKEU and Victoria Hospital.

Medical Director, Dr Alisha Eugene-Ford explains:

“The Victoria Hospital will become the respiratory hospital.  At that hospital, we are only asking persons with respiratory illnesses to come to that hospital. Therefore, we are looking at persons with the flu-like symptoms, with asthma and other respiratory illnesses to come to the Victoria Hospital.

Dr Alisha Eugene-Ford

At that particular point an initial review would be done, a pre-screening. If we realize at the pre-screening, it is not a COVID-related case, you will be redirected to OKEUH, which is a general hospital. However, if you have COVID symptoms or signs related to COVID, then we will take care of you at that particular hospital.

This particular hospital is not working in isolation. We will be working along with our Primary Healthcare Department where we already have respiratory clinics.  So we will be working along with these clinics at a national level so we can actually work together to combat COVID-19.” 

The move of the Victoria Hospital involves strategic and meticulous planning. The actual move began over a week ago with the transfer of serval vital pieces of equipment and supplies and staff orientation and training, including the preparation of the various units. The move, however, is expected to intensify this week and culminate in the transfer of in-patients to the Owen King EU Hospital.

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