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Tuesday 18 June 2019
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Electricity disruption at SFGH on Sunday

There will be a temporary disruption in the electricity supply at the San Fernando General Hospital between 7am and 4pm as upgrade work continues.

In a media release, the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) said the disruption would be to facilitate the removal and replacement of the electrical panel at
Tower 1 of the hospital’s main building.

“The main areas that will be directly affected include Medical Extension 1 and 3, Burns Unit and the Labour Ward.”

The release said during that period, Elevator No. 1 will be unavailable and the public is advised to use the other elevators.

“All appropriate safety and emergency protocols have been activated to mitigate any inconvenience that may be caused. The SWRHA hereby reassures the public of its commitment to providing quality healthcare in a safe environment for our patients, visitors and staff and wishes to thank you for your patience.”

Last month a power outage at the hospital resulted in six hours of darkness. Patients in critical condition had to be moved to the nearby teaching hospital.

This blackout came just two weeks after TTEC illuminated the Rienzi Kirton Highway from the hospital to Skinner Park.

The SWRHA has also said the disruption was caused by an issue with the main electrical panel. In response, it said, “As a precautionary measure, a substitute breaker was immediately sourced and installed.”

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