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Hong Kong health care and hospitals

25 surgeries suspended at Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital after air-conditioning system breaks down

Emergency operations not affected, spokeswoman says, and cause of malfunction to be investigated

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 June, 2018, 3:32pm
UPDATED : Friday, 15 June, 2018, 8:10pm

Twenty-five elective surgeries were postponed in a public hospital in Hong Kong after an air-conditioning system breakdown on Friday.

Burst chiller plant pipes at Queen Mary Hospital at about 10am caused the chiller system to be suspended for urgent repair work. Temperatures and humidity in the hospital’s main block and blocks J and K elevated as a result.

“To safeguard patient safety, 25 elective operations scheduled for today were postponed,” a Hospital Authority spokeswoman said. “Emergency operations were not affected.”

To ensure compliance with infection control standards in the operating theatres, extra dehumidifiers and portable coolers were brought in, she added.

Queen Mary implemented additional measures to maintain normal operations, including walking around the premises to check temperatures and humidity.

After urgent repairs were done at 2pm, the chiller system gradually returned to normal.

The hospital expressed apologies to those affected by the disruption, the spokeswoman said, and would “reschedule the operations”.

She added Queen Mary would follow up with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department to investigate what caused the malfunction.