The Dr. D Orlando Smith Hospital has announced a temporary suspension of all elective surgeries following ongoing challenges with its air conditioning (AC) system.

The decision, aimed at addressing safety concerns and ensuring optimal patient care, was prompted by a system control software problem affecting the AC chilling unit.

In a statement released to the media, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) revealed that until the AC issue is resolved, the hospital will only accommodate emergency procedures. Additionally, changes have been implemented regarding pharmacy outpatient services to minimize disruptions for patients.

“The public is advised to send medication orders via WhatsApp at (284) 440-1726 or call in refills at (284) 852-7556 for pick-up on the following day between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. This adjusted schedule will remain in effect until further notice,” the BVIHSA stated.

The AC system malfunction has led to temperature control issues, resulting in erratic cooling cycles within the hospital premises. The BVIHSA assured the public that efforts are underway to rectify the technical problem promptly.

“We are actively working to address the AC system issue. The system manufacturer has been engaged, and necessary parts and software have been ordered. Once the components arrive in the Territory, a technician from the manufacturer will travel to the BVI to facilitate installation,” the BVIHSA added.