Health Ministry says more sections of hospitals will be converted into COVID wards to meet the growing demand for beds for COVID-19 patients

by February 23rd, 2021

The Ministry of Health and Wellness says more sections of hospitals will be converted into COVID-19 wards to meet the growing demand for beds for COVID-19 patients.

 

Health Minister Christopher Tufton says this will mean that some services will become unavailable.

 

In a post to his Twitter account last evening (February 22), Dr. Tufton said the issue was discussed yesterday.

 

The University Hospital of the West Indies is among the health facilities facing challenges with the availability of beds.

 

Up to yesterday, 267 persons were hospitalized for COVID-19.

 

Dr. Tufton says the hospitals are at capacity, and health care workers are overwhelmed and fatigued.

 

He says if persons need to visit a hospital, no patient will be turned away, their vitals will be checked, and the severity of their condition assessed.

 

He says if their condition is mild they may be referred to another hospital.

 

The Health Minister adds that more staff will also be recruited to aid in these operations, but warns that if citizens refuse to observe COVID-19 protocols, the solutions will not last and persons risk losing their lives.

 

Meanwhile, the University Hospital is urging persons to contact the facility before visiting.

 

In a release last evening, the UHWI said this is due to the spike in COVID-19 cases and the limited bed capacity.

 

It also urged private medical practitioners and hospitals referring patients there, to make contact ahead of time or prior to transfers.

 

The University Hospital may be contacted at (876) 541-1043 or 541-1044.