There's a major health situation in the Northern Health Region - and as a result, all surgeries now have to be done at the KHMH.

A press release from the Ministry of Health says there's a problem with medical equipment maintenance in the Northern Regional Hospital's operating rooms. Specifically, they can't do any procedures requiring anesthesia.

It's a huge inconvenience for the public in the north - and a major addition of workload for the KHMH, and the Ministry says it expects a resolution before the start of this long holiday weekend.

A press release concedes that the overload in referrals to the KHMH will affect their daily operations capacity as the National Referral Hospital. That has consequences on the tenth and carnival weekend when patient load increases and a release says that other Regional Teams are also being asked to contribute so that the KHMH can manage the expected patient load.

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Ministry of Health and KHMHA Advise Public on Temporary Health Service Situation

The Ministry of Health advises the public of an ongoing situation in the Northern Health Region with medical equipment maintenance and upgrades in relation to our operating rooms. This situation has affected the regionís ability to perform surgeries requiring anesthesia. As a result all surgery related cases are being referred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA).

The Ministry of Health has been working to vigorously try to correct the situation in the least amount of time and we expect a resolution before the start of this long holiday weekend. Management from the Northern Health Region along with management from KHMHA are in communication to ensure the least disruption in the care of patients being transferred and received at the KHMHA.

We acknowledge that this overload in extraordinary referrals to the KHMHA will affect their daily operations capacity as the National Referral Hospital and as the regional hospital for the Central Health Region. Other Regional Teams are also being asked to ensure adequate coverage, particularly over this coming weekend, so that KHMHA is able to adequately cater to the expected patient load which is usually associated with carnival and September celebrations.

The Ministry of Health extends its gratitude to the staff of the KHMHA who continue to perform above and beyond the call of duty as the National Referral Hospital and in response to this particular situation.

The KHMHA will continue to function normally unless the situation changes leading to the possible suspension of some of the services. The public is assured that the Ministry of Health is working vigorously to address these issues so as to return the Northern Health Region to full functioning capacity.

We ask for the publicís kind cooperation and understanding during this time.