Health Officials have put the public on alert that on Friday March 27th 2020 it will no longer be business as usual at the Victoria Hospital as the health care institution actively transitions to the Owen King EU Hospital (OKEUH).
“Friday morning we’re going to move all our in-patients starting at 8:00am,” explains Nursing Director, Ruth Regis-Adesanya.
She disclosed that visiting time on that day will be from 6:00 am to 7:00 am only.
“There will be no visiting time again for that day, normal visiting hours will recommence on Saturday,” Regis-Adesanya advised.
“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. From 12 noon the maternity unit at the Victoria Hospital closes down and so any pregnant patient coming for care would have to go straight to the Owen King EU Hospital,” she observed.
The Nursing Director pointed out that it is extremely important for everybody to note that, from 12 noon the maternity ward at the Victoria Hospital will be shut.
She said that for Accident and Emergency or what is commonly called Casualty, care will continue within that unit until 4:00pm on that day.
“So, from 4:00 pm the Accident and Emergency or Casualty Unit at Victoria Hospital is closed. During that 8:00 am to 4:00 pm period St. Jude Hospital will be 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.”
Medical Director, Alisha Eugene-Ford noted that Victoria Hospital will become the respiratory Hospital.
“At that hospital we’re only asking persons with respiratory illnesses to come to that hospital. So, we are looking at persons with the flu like symptoms, with asthma and other respiratory illnesses to come to the Victoria Hospital,” Eugene-Ford stated.
“At that particular point an initial review would be done, a pre-screening. If we realize at the pre-screening, it’s not a COVID-19 related case you will be redirected to OKEUH which is a general hospital. But if you have COVID or symptoms or signs related to COVID then we will take care of you at that particular hospital,” the Medical Director asserted.
“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,” according to Eugene-Ford.