By Benjamin Flowers
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority announced this week that due to a spike in emergency cases, the hospital will suspend all non-emergency surgeries.
The authority announced its decision on August 5, in light of the overwhelming amount of emergency cases, particularly trauma victims.
These trauma victims were admitted largely due to road traffic accidents or because they were victims of violent crimes which require surgical intervention.
“In an effort to care for those patients already admitted and requiring surgery in the most effective and efficient manner, we have opted to concentrate all our efforts this week on clearing our backlog”, the KHMH’s board of directors said this week.
The authority underscored that as the national referral hospital, the KHMH sees patients from all over the country, which at times puts the number of patients above the hospital’s capacity.
The board said that “barring no further significant challenges”, the hospital will resume admission of elective cases and day cases on Monday August 10.
The board declined any further comment on the issue.
The KHMH has a capacity of 130 beds, falling significantly short of the 200 beds which were available in the Old Belize City Hospital.
The KHMH also serves a population significantly larger than its predecessor, moving from over 206,000 in 1995 to more than 370,000 in 2015.