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Spanish Town hospital theatre to undergo emergency repairs

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 5:46 PM

As of tomorrow the main operating theatre at the Spanish Town Hospital will be closed for five weeks to effect emergency repairs, the South Eastern Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has advised.

The closure comes months after an audit report highlighted serious concerns about the management of the theatre and other inadequacies.

The issues raised in the report included improper tiles on the walls of the theatre, which auditors said do not allow for adequate cleaning. They also pointed to fungus on window panes and poor operating theatre lights. The audit report also noted that the theatre was cluttered with boxes and unused equipment making it difficult to clean the area.

SERHA says during the five-week period only emergency surgeries will be done at the hospital, while routine electives will be done at the St Joseph's Hospital in Kingston.

The SERHA says the renovation of the Spanish Town Hospital operating theatre is part of efforts to improve theatres in all nine hospitals under its remit. SERHA says the improvements are to be done in phases.