Update on leaking roof at Oncology Unit, SFGH

San Fernando, October 19th 2019: The South-West Regional Health Authority wishes to respond and provide an update on the Guardian Article: “Leaky roof delays treatment for cancer patients.” A leak was discovered on the morning of Friday 18th October 2019 at the Oncology Unit. The matter was immediately reported and repaired, hence briefly delaying the administration of Chemotherapy to 11 patients by approximately two hours. All patients scheduled for that day received their mixtures and all other patients received full care inclusive of filled prescriptions. Clinical operations at the Unit were fully functional by 10:00 a.m. The SWRHA wishes to assure the public that dedicated and ample medical care is administered at the Oncology Unit with the inclusion of an acting Head of Department and senior medical officers ensuring that services continue effectively. To ensure our patients and staff continue to enjoy a safe environment, our Health, Safety and Environment and Operations teams continue to conduct a full assessment to identify and immediately address any further roof repairs required. These works will be conducted on the weekends to ensure minimal disruptions to service. The South-West Regional Health Authority takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to our dedicated staff for their immediate response and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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