Broken main at GPHC forces cancellation of surgeries, floods A&E
Surgeries at a section of the city’s public hospital had to be cancelled yesterday after an early morning rupture of the main waterline.
According to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), at around 06:00hrs yesterday, the breakage was traced to the ceiling of the Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Centre building, in the region of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit. This affected the smooth functioning of that department and other neighbouring ones.
“Unfortunately, a few surgeries which were scheduled to be performed in the Operating Theatre had to be cancelled and the A&E Unit experienced some flooding.”
As a result of the broken main, the hospital said its water pump had to be temporarily turned off to facilitate repairs.
“Technicians are yet to ascertain the cause of the breakage, but within a matter of three hours, they were able to rectify the problem and return operations to normalcy.”