Hospital resumes radiology and outpatient clinic services, but patients will be seen only by appointment, management says

The Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre has resumed some of the services it had to cancel weeks ago due to the rise in COVID-19 infections that overwhelmed the facility.

From today, October 18, services to the Radiology Department were restored. Those services include Ultrasound, Mammogram and Computed Tomography (CT) Scan. Therefore, patients with previous bookings for these services will be contacted to reschedule their appointments.

Those needing to access the Outpatient Clinic, which has also been reopened, will be contacted similarly.

However, walk-ins are being discouraged.  “Concerned patients are being strongly advised not to visit the hospital for any radiology or outpatient clinic appointments (excluding oncology, dialysis and antenatal) unless you’ve been contacted with a date and time,” hospital officials say.

It was noted that the care teams are already making calls to rebook appointments, so patients are asked to exercise some patience.

In the meanwhile, the hospital says that lab outpatient services remain suspended.  Exceptions are being made for immuno-compromised individuals, pregnant women, persons receiving cancer care, and for COVID-19 testing for travelers.

The medical facility says it remains committed to protecting its
patients, employees and visitors, and, therefore, touch-less hand-sanitizers and temperature-check stations are located at all hospital entrances and exits.

The public is assured that positive COVID-19 patients, or those displaying symptoms and awaiting test results, are isolated in separate care areas from non-COVID19 patients.

Visitor restrictions, facial-mask requirements, and social distancing are still being enforced, the hospital says.