The state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) said today it will only be performing critical and emergency surgeries at this time.
However, in a statement the hospital’s board said the move was a temporary one, prompted by concerns about the non-availability of critical drugs needed by patients after surgery.
The QEH sought to explain that amid worldwide demand, drugs used before and after surgery were out of stock. However, it said the hospital was working with the Barbados Drug Service and pharmaceutical suppliers to source the needed drugs by early next week.
In the meantime, the island’s premier health care institution has launched an internal investigation into concerns raised about the sterility of surgical sets and their fitness for use in surgical procedures.
The QEH said it was hoping to resume normal operations early next week.