The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is reeling under pressure, with its administration warning patients to expect delays due to the high number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisation.
A notice from the hospital says its COVID-19 areas within the emergency medicine division, including the field hospital, are at capacity and 10 per cent of the medical staff are out due to the virus.
Earlier this week, the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) said the number of healthcare workers in Jamaica testing positive for COVID-19 or in quarantine is now at crisis level and consideration should be given to implementing emergency measures at public hospitals.
MAJ President Dr. Brian James told Radio Jamaica News that it might become necessary to scale back non-emergency services as the number of workers affected by the virus is rising.
Since late last month there have been reports of nurses and doctors becoming ill with the virus.
At the same time, the hospital is appealing to persons who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate convalescent plasma to help treat patients with the virus.
Interested persons can call 876-828-0933.