Update on the San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital mortuary

The South-West Regional Health Authority wishes to respond to the report aired on CCN TV6 News on Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 entitled “Claims of Morgue Fridge Not Working”.

On Sunday 1st September, 2019, it was discovered that one of the chiller fans at the Mortuary located at San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital (SFGTH) malfunctioned. This was reported to the Engineering team immediately and replaced with chiller services returning to normal at 9:00 a.m. on Monday 2nd September, 2019.

 As the Authority continues in its thrust to upgrade our health infrastructure, refurbishment works at the SFGTH Mortuary is carded to be completed by January 31st, 2020.  These upgrades include but are not limited to, increased air flow and improved lighting conditions.

The SWRHA wishes to reaffirm its commitment to providing compassionate quality healthcare to the nationals of Trinidad and Tobago. The impact of the incident on the health and well-being of the members of the family who attended the Mortuary on that day have not been overlooked and the RHA extends its sincerest condolences on the death of their loved one and as part of the investigation and response will reach out to them, personally, to offer the appropriate bereavement counselling.

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