“Vehicular failures” have left the Emergency Ambulance Service with a severely depleted fleet.
While officials said this evening they “expect that ambulances will be incrementally returned to service — some within 48 hours and others over a one- to two-week period”, Barbadians have been assured that their emergency needs will be covered.
A statement from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “In the interim, arrangements have been put in place for continued service through outsourcing to private providers for 24-hour coverage and through assistance by the Barbados Defence Force. The procurement of four dditional ambulances is currently being processed. “The public is asked to ensure that they access the EAS for genuine emergencies only, and to make alternative arrangements where possible for transportation to the hospital.
“The QEH apologises for any inconvenience caused and thanks the public for their understanding and cooperation at this time.”