PHA Institutions Experience Sick Out Impacting Services


Written by The P.H.A Corporate Communications

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) advises that the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), the Grand Bahama Health Services (GBHS), and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) continue to experience a staff ‘sick out’. As a result, the public can expect delays in accessing services at these institutions.

Affected institutions have implemented measures to mitigate the effects of staff shortages where possible. The Authority is recommending, where possible, the public access services at community clinics for non-urgent care.

PMH is experiencing limited staffing in the Grounds, Housekeeping, Laundry, Food Services, Radiology, and Laboratory Services Departments. Morgue (Rand Lab) resumed services today, August 16th with the release of remains. Identification of remains will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th August. Blood Bank resumed services today. Laboratory services at Agape Clinic, 4th Terrace, Centreville, are suspended until further notice.

GBHS continues to experience staff shortages. The pharmacy at the Eight Mile Rock Clinic is facilitating emergencies only. Pharmacies at Hawksbill Clinic, and Pearce Plaza are closed. The Pharmacy at the Freeport Community Clinic continues to facilitate in-patients, children, and emergencies only. The Rand Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory Services have resumed full operations.

Blood Donations have resumed. Switchboard operations, Housekeeping, and Facilities Management (Building & Maintenance) Department have been impacted and are facilitating limited services.

Today, August 16th, the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre experienced staff call-ins; however patient care and operations continue.

The public is advised to follow all announcements and public advisories from the Ministry of Health and Public Hospitals Authority regarding Health and Hospital Services.