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Aug 6, 2015

K.H.M.H. C.E.O. Addresses Bed Scarcity

Still on health related matters, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is faced with yet another embarrassing dilemma which has forced the national referral facility to suspend elective surgeries until Monday, August tenth.  The predicament comes on the heels of a spike in admissions of trauma patients. On Wednesday, the hospital informed the public that as a result of the extremely large numbers of emergency cases, specifically victims with bodily injuries that require admission and operation, the General Surgical Ward at the K.H.M.H. is out of beds.  As such, the focus for the remainder of the week is clearing its backlog of patients. It’s rather disconcerting that the facility has exceeded its bed capacity and this morning, Dr. Adrian Coye, Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, spoke briefly of the matter on the airwaves.


Adrian Coye

On the Phone: Dr. Adrian Coye, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“This week, I know that we had to send a release and this is unusual in the sense that we have not sent releases like this in the past with any great frequency, but there are many times when this hospital is challenged—challenged by, as we know, cases of trauma, the cases of transfers from district hospitals which is our responsibility. We are here to serve everyone. And unfortunately when that profile changes, we are unable—in this case, in this week—we are saying that we are unable to take elected surgeries. Clinics continue, every other service continues; in fact, patients on the ward that needed surgeries are getting their surgeries. And as I say, we are victims of our success because in the things that we do, patients are being sent to us from everywhere. For example, for the public system, orthopedic is the only service provided for public access at Karl Heusner, so everyone from north, south, west, everywhere will end up here with broken limbs and they do stay much longer in the hospital. So on Tuesday of this week, we had ten admissions in the Emergency Room alone; we had patients in the Recovery Room. And when I say ten patients in the Emergency Room, meaning then that they are waiting to be admitted to the Surgical Ward which has a capacity of twenty-eight bed, which was already full. So physically we would not be able to take any patients from the elected areas into our surgical floor if we have ten emergency cases in our Accident and Emergency Department.”

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