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Babies at Cornwall Regional being relocated

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 8:48 AMJerome Reynolds
Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

The Ministry of Health is relocating babies in the special care nursery at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James due to noxious fumes.

The move follows complaints by nurses who say the air quality is affecting their health and their ability to work.

Some nurses have had to seek medical attention due to illness.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye, says a medical team met with the nurses yesterday to discuss their concerns.

Dr De La Haye says the cause of the fumes is being investigated, noting that an environmental team visited the hospital last week to probe the air quality issues.

He says the health ministry is addressing the problem.

 

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye

The CMO says he’s to visit the hospital today to hold a meeting.

Sections of the hospital were recently renovated following the presence of noxious fumes.

Earlier this year, the fumes forced the closure of some departments and their relocation to areas on the compound or to offsite facilities.

Repairs are ongoing to other sections of the hospital.