A&E department temporarily relocated
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH Hospital has temporarily relocated the Accident and Emergency Department and cancelled all antenatal clinics which were scheduled for today.
This comes in light of the Orange Alert placed on Barbados by the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre due to high levels of seismic activity at the Kick ‘em Jenny volcano.
While there is no threat of a tsunami at this time, QEH chief executive officer Dr Dexter James said the precautionary measures were put in place to ensure that selected services are not compromised.
The A&E department is now located in the Antenatal Clinic on the ground floor of the hospital. Entry to the temporary A & E will be through the glass doors on the ground floor of the Lions Eye Care Centre. These doors are located to the right, of the main entrance of the QEH and can be accessed via the said main entrance roadway. The Antenatal Clinic is located directly on entry of the glass doors.
All patients with appointments for antenatal clinics for today will be advised of a new appointment date when further information is available about the change in the level of alert. However, any antennal patients with urgent medical problems as well as those who are either at or passed their delivery dates should seek care on the Labour Ward located on B1 or 2nd floor of the hospital.
All other services at the hospital will remain unaffected.
“The Board of Management apologises for this inconvenience to patients and further advises that we will revert to normalcy as information on the threat level changes. Remain calm and continue to listen for periodic updates, ” Dr James said. (PR/NB)