KHMH closes theaters for upgrades

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

Elective surgeries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) have been put on hold, after the hospital authority closed three of its operating theaters for much needed renovations and upgrades to the facilities.

The KHMH Authority made a statement this week describing the facilities as having reached a “critical point” saying the operating theatres “are in need of the relevant upgrades and renovations”. The KHMHA also highlighted that it will continue delivering emergency surgical care.

“There will be continued performance of Emergency cases and Caesarian Sections. The period of this heightened activity is effective as of this 1st week of January until the end of March 2018, if not sooner,” the KHMHA said.

Dr. Adrian Coye, chief executive officer of the KHMH, explained that the move to upgrade the operating theaters forms a part of a process that began over a year and a half ago, which has seen the hospital invest more than $1.5 million in infrastructure and other upgrades, including over $600,000 in equipment.

“With 20 years of use and abuse there has obviously been wear and tear,” Coye said. “Technology has also advanced and so as we have been doing very advanced surgical procedures, so we need the infrastructure to match that.”

He noted that the hospital has funded the majority of the upgrades itself, which emphasizes the need for collections of monies owed by the public that access the various services at the hospital.

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