The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) which remains to be battling the COVID-19 pandemic is now preventing in opposition to volcanic ash which has led to a serious cleanup on the facility.
QEH’s Government Chairman Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland advised Barbados TODAY that the hospital has been closely impacted by the ash which Barbadians woke as much as on Saturday following the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent.
She stated that whereas employees has described it as mission unimaginable to maintain the hospital in pristine situation whereas the ash remains to be falling, administration introduced on further assist to make sure the ability stays sanitary, which is critical for affected person care.
“This can be very difficult. I’m on the primary hall now the place we’ve got accomplished in depth cleansing in a single day and after I got here in at 7:30 a.m., it was in pristine situation. However through the day, you possibly can see the construct up of ash. You retain having to repeat sweeping and dusting. It’s like having a coat of nice cement mud throughout the size and breath of the hospital.
“We’ve got had to usher in further employees to help with cleansing and we’ve got additionally needed to increase our upkeep servicing of our air situation methods as a result of we’ve got to make sure that the air situation isn’t bringing the mud into delicate affected person areas such because the working theaters, labs and different specialised areas,” she stated.
The Government Chairman stated that fortunately, the hospital has not needed to take care of a excessive charge of absenteeism presently.
Nonetheless, she indicated that some employees members have had issue making their strategy to work as a result of construct up of ash on the roads, however administration shortly put various preparations in place for a number of staff to get to and from the ability safely.
Bynoe-Sutherland famous that whereas the medical staff has led the COVID-19 efforts, the housekeeping and engineering departments have been taking part in a crucial position within the cleanup course of.
She additional defined that in preparation for any enhance in respiratory circumstances, QEH has already performed an audit of ventilators and all different respiratory gear to make sure they’re in good working order.
“Thus far, the variety of asthmatics and respiratory illnesses has not overwhelmed us. It has been fairly reasonable and we’ve got ready a plan within the Accident and Emergency (A&E) room for elevated entry to nebulization for asthmatics ought to we have to do that. However it’s a critical enterprise proper now maintaining the hospital clear within the current circumstances,” she stated.
Bynoe-Sutherland famous that QEH, which closed its outpatient clinics as we speak, might be absolutely operational from Tuesday to keep away from additional delays in folks accessing care.
“We simply took as we speak to prepare our response and our staffing might be adapting to verify we’ve got sufficient numbers in place to supply for the outpatient clinics tomorrow,” she stated.