A five-hour power outage caused by a damaged breaker brought operations to a halt at the main building of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) earlier today, hospital officials confirmed this afternoon.
Approximately 15 patients from the Intensive Care Unit were transferred to the Lion’s Eye Care Centre, which was not affected by the power outage.
Elevator services were also impacted, and officers from the Barbados Defence Force were called in to assist in moving patients between floors as a result. In the Accident and Emergency Department, only major cases were attended to.
“We would have experienced some water that was coming down into our electrical plant room on the distribution side of our network. That water was coming from the floor above and it inundated the switch gear.
“Unfortunately it came down in such a manner that it has gotten into the actual switch gear itself and the breakers, and therefore we had to isolate those areas,” Director of Engineering Services, Paula Agbowu told a news conference.
Power has since been restored.