San Fernando General Hospital


There has been an intermittent smell of sewerage at the department for years. Recently the smell has gotten worse, whereby it is burning eyes and itching their skin. The association was informed of this on the 14/01/2019. Plumbing, engineering and A/C Department has attempted to resolve the situation in the pass with no success. The stench was still there on 16/01/2019, the ward area was visited and on the advice and support of the union, the nurses refused to work until the matter was resolved. OSHA hotline was contacted, complaint number is C0021-1-2019. The CEO contacted the union representative and gave an assurance that a resolution will be soon and to expect persons to visit the area. Hospital Administration (Mr. Allen & Ms. St. John), Refrigeration (Mr. Jagroop), GM Quality (Mrs. Balgobin), GM Nursing (Mrs. Elbourne), Theatre Manager (Mrs. Lewis), Property Services (Mr. Varma, Mr. Ragoobar, Mr. Mahase), Plumbing and Engineering were also there. Two (2) gaping holes was found above the vent in the theatre, funds were being mobilized to fix the hole (in the sewer pipe). A solution was put forward by nursing personnel to move the theatre cases to another theatre (in the interim) where the cases can be done after 4pm but this recommendation was refused by the physicians. The Board is aware of the issue. There were many other health and safety violations noted namely: no annual risk assessments, no annual medical for staff, non-functioning radiation exposure badges, no thyroid shields and no air quality testing. The situation remained unresolved on 17/01/2019 and again the association visited the area and again the nurses refused to work. The nurses were again given the assurance that the matter will be rectified. On 18/01/2019 the matter was resolved whereby the nurses had to stop using both of the theatres at the Department but one in the interim as the sewer problem is being rectified.


August 19, 2019

Occupational Health Nurse Forum 2

TTRNA congratulates the Trinidad and Tobago Occupational Health Nurses on holding their second forum on Friday 16th August 2019. This informative event catering to Nursing personnel who are stationed in our industrial sectors, was held at Yara Trinidad Limited. The aptly titled theme of the forum, ‘Individual and Organisational Health…

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August 07, 2019

PAHO meets on the Strategic Direction for Nursing in…

Topic: Collaboration on Strategic Direction for Nursing in Trinidad and TobagoDate: July 26th 2019Time: 10am to 12mdLocation: NCTT Board room Attendees: 1. PAHO representatives – Silvia Cassiani (Regional Advisor)2. PAHO representative – Annella Aver (Human Resource for Health officer).3. National Nursing Administrator – Betty-Ann Pilgrim4. President TTRNA – Idi Stuart5.…

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August 06, 2019

Southern Branch Monthly Meeting - August 2019

Notice - Meeting Cancelled Southern Branch Monthly Meeting Tuesday 6th August 2019 4:30pm Nurses Lounge San Fernando Hospital

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August 01, 2019

Happy Emancipation Day 2019

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