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CWM Hospital suspends scheduled clinics, surgeries

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, March 01, 2014

THE CWM Hospital has suspended all scheduled clinics and surgeries until further notice.

Acting Medical Superintendent Dr James Fong said the power cuts experienced across Fiji had affected the hospital's services.

"Our backup generators are working but the power cuts which were going on and off are really affecting us," Dr Fong said.

"It has been difficult alternating between the backup generators and actual electricity."

He said the suspended services included the special outpatient clinic and the ante natal clinic.

"We have stopped elective surgeries.

"We are also, because of bus services which stopped from midday, asking people not to come back until further notice for the clinics."

Dr Fong said their emergency services would co-ordinate to function with nurses and support staff now on 12-hour shifts.

"We have been given notice from our permanent secretary to send home all workers who live far away.

"But the nurses, people on call, and those rostered in emergency and surgical departments are now on 12-hour shifts."

Dr Fong said they would advise the public today on the situation of their suspended services.

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