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Lab services at Cornwall Regional suspended, medical technologists meeting

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 12:54 PM
Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

Laboratory services at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James are currently suspended as medical technologists are meeting to decide what specific functions they will be performing as they move to scale down operations.

Yesterday, the medical technologists went on strike to protest the unsafe working condition of the temporary laboratory in which they work.

Their action forced the hospital to suspend all surgeries.

Workers have been operating from a temporary post since last September when the main laboratory was closed after it was affected by noxious fumes.

However, general secretary of the Union of Technical Administrative and Supervisory Personnel, St Patrice Ennis, says the hospital’s management has not said when the workers be back at the main lab.

He says the current workspace is unsafe and therefore the workers have decided to scale down operations to avoid coming in contact with contaminated samples.


General Secretary of the Union of Technical Administrative and Supervisory Personnel, St Patrice Ennis

In a release, the Board of Management of the Cornwall Regional Hospital said additional work is required to complete the ventilation rectification exercise in the laboratory that was affected by the fumes.

It said the lab is temporarily closed to all out-patients previously scheduled for tests.

The board says the Blood Donation unit continues to operate at the isolation building which is located in the car park near the Accident & Emergency Unit.

In addition, Physiotherapy services have been relocated to the West Jamaica Conference Centre.

Clients are asked to call 773-9196 for queries relating to their appointments.

Clients are also asked to call the hospital for further updates before accessing the services of the lab.

The Board of Management says it is committed to restoring normal operations as soon as possible.