While announcing that elective surgeries have been postponed, community clinics will be closed today, and persons will no longer be allowed to visit patients at hospital, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) said operations will continue at Peebles Hospital during Hurricane Irma.
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has been under a hurricane warning since last night.
“To ensure the safety of both patients and staff during this period, certain medical services have been postponed – specifically elective surgeries – until after the passage of the hurricane. The Emergency Department remains opened for treatment of persons requiring urgent emergency care,” said the BVIHSA, which is headed by Paula Chester-Cumberbatch.
It further said: “Our dialysis and antenatal patients are reminded, as advised, to stay on Tortola during the hurricane in case of a personal emergency.”
The BVIHSA, which manages all public heath facilities in the BVI, further said: “Routine visiting hours at Peebles Hospital will be suspended from 4pm today and during the passage of the hurricane to ensure the safety of all persons.”
“Finally, the community clinics or health centres will be closed from 12 Noon today (Tuesday) until an assessment is done on the conditions of each clinic facility, which will be made on Thursday following the passage of Hurricane Irma. However, the Iris O’Neal Clinic will remain opened until 8pm this evening to deal with any emergency need that arises before the hurricane,” added the BVIHSA.
It further stated that, in the event of an emergency, persons can call 911 or 852-7500 or 394-3497.
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