St. James Medical closes Oncology Ward, changes operations for Covid-19

St. James Medical closes Oncology Ward, changes operations for Covid-19

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) wishes to advise members of the public that in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there will be temporary changes in the services offered at the St James Medical Complex (SJMC) with
immediate effect and continuing until further advised.

Persons are asked to note the following:

CLINICAL SERVICES

1. Women’s surgical unit clinic and ward:
The following patients will be seen:

  • Those due for curative surgeries from their malignancies
  • Those for diagnostic procedures to detect malignancies
  • Those who recently had surgery
  • Patients requiring dressing after surgery
  • Elective surgeries will be postponed
  • All long-term follow-ups and patients without proven malignancies will be
    postponed

2. Gerontology

  • Clinics for routine visits closed and extended follow up appointments will be
    given.

3. Oncology: Clinic and Ward

  • Clinics for routine visits closed and extended follow up appointments will be
    given.
  • Patients due for TREATMENT: chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation
  • therapy, supportive therapy via infusions for injections will be seen
  • All new patients will be seen and treatment plans produced and followed

4. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR)

  • The ward will be closed and not be able to accept any patients for admission until further notice
  • Patients who require infusion of biologic therapy on a Thursday morning will
    continue to receive this mode of treatment in order to control their disease

Screening for all other patients for all mentioned clinics will be done over the telephone and they will be contacted to have their clinic appointments rescheduled as needed.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

  • All patients presenting with fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath will be screened in the screening area set up outside the Accident and Emergency Department
  • Patients with fever and mild respiratory symptoms and recent travel or contact
    with a confirmed COVID19 positive case are advised to contact their district
    health centres for advice prior to showing up at a health facility.

PRESCRIPTIONS

  • The Pharmacy Department will continue to facilitate prescriptions.
  • However, patients who have respiratory symptoms and also persons over the age of 60 should not come to the hospital clinics, but instead have a relative come with their identification card and their clinic cards. In the case of expiring drugs, the drugs should be brought in.

Kindly contact the following numbers for any further information required.

  • St. James Medical Complex: 1-868-625-1295
  • Ext 6030 – Accident and Emergency
  • Ext 6144/5 – Gerontology
  • Ext 6108 – Oncology
  • Ext 6153/6147- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The NWRHA thanks you for your kind understanding and cooperation during this period.

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