By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA), this week resumed normal operations, after briefly suspending elective surgeries.
According to the KHMHA, the numerous trauma cases, which halted procedures due to no availability of patient beds, has been dealt with according to the hospitals predicted schedule.
All elective surgeries are proceeding as normal as of Monday August 10, the KHMHA said this week.
The hospital’s surgical ward, which has a patient capacity of 28 beds, was filled due to a spike in the number of road traffic accident victims and incidents of violent crime, which left all affected in need of surgical intervention.
The hospital took the decision late last week to suspend all elective non-emergency surgeries until the priority patients were attended to.
The hospital could not divulge how many electives were affected by the disruption. The KHMH, being the only tertiary care institution in the country, receives referral patients from all over the country for numerous services that are unavailable at other healthcare facilities.
Those services include the adult and neonatal intensive care units, and surgical services for Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Orthopaedics, Cardiothoracic surgery and Neuro surgery.
Earlier this year The Ministry of Health announced plans to upgrade the Western Regional Hospital’s tertiary care capabilities, to be able to take up some of the referral patients from western and southern Belize.