For Immediate Release
Update on repairs at Burns Unit
San Fernando, March 13th, 2018. The South-West Regional Health Authority wishes to update the public following the collapse of the ceiling at the Burns Unit at the San Fernando General Hospital. The Burns’ Unit ceiling was assessed on the morning of March 10th, 2018 by our Property Services Department.
It was discovered that the collapse occurred as a result of corroded reinforcements due to continued exposure over the years. At present the affected areas in the Burns Unit and the above floor area have been cordoned off and patients were temporarily relocated to Level 2 of the hospital.
Further testing will take place to determine the thickness of the ceiling’s concrete topping and the compressive strength of the floor cores. A ferrous scan will also be undertaken to determine the floor’s reinforcement depth, size and spacing. These tests will guide the design for the corrective repair work.
The testing and scope of works is estimated to be completed in two weeks. Following which, upon procuring a suitable contractor, repair works can be completed two weeks after.
The South-West Regional Health Authority again apologises to our patients and staff for any inconvenience caused and wishes to reassure the public that we are working towards completing repairs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.
Corporate Communication Department
South-West Regional Health Authority