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Services Partly Suspended Due To Damages

Due to damages sustained from a fire to parts of the Lautoka Hospital yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises that several services had been temporarily suspended. “The
06 Dec 2017 11:11
Services Partly Suspended Due To Damages
Fire at Lautoka Hospital last night. Photo: Ravinesh Kumar Maharaj

Due to damages sustained from a fire to parts of the Lautoka Hospital yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises that several services had been temporarily suspended.

“The General Outpatient Department (GOPD), Special Outpatient Department (SOPD) and X-ray department at the hospital have been temporarily suspended,” the Ministry of Health and Medical Services said in a press statement.

“No patients or staff were injured and no treatment was adversely affected by the fire.”

The fire is believed to have started in the hospital’s old operating theatre. Lautoka Hospital staff, with the support of staff from the National Fire Authority, Police, military and local residents worked promptly and effectively to move all patients to safety.

The press release said the fire was contained after two hours and following the completion of safety checks, patients have moved back into the hospital.

“The NFA is currently carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the fire,” the statement.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is taking steps to ensure that essential services are maintained but is asking for the public to understand that there will be some disruptions.

Members of the public are requested to avoid visiting Lautoka Hospital for non-emergency cases and to use other local health clinics wherever possible. Lautoka Hospital staff will give priority to emergency cases and, as a result, patients whose condition is assessed as being less urgent may experience delays.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Philip Davies yesterday thanked Lautoka Hospital management and staff for their work in ensuring the safety of patients and also expressed appreciation for the support provided by other agencies and the local community.

He has requested that the public continue to support hospital staff and understand there will inevitably be some short-term disruptions to services during this difficult time.

Priority will always be given to those whose conditions require urgent care.     

The services can be accessed at Kamikamica Health Centre located in Kashmir, Lautoka and Punjas Health Centre which is located in Waiyavi near Lautoka and arrangements have been made for these health facilities to extend their opening hours until 10pm with the deployment of GOPD nurses and doctors to assist with the patient flow. 

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