Saint Lucia: Whether a fire at St. Jude Hospital on 9 September 2009 has affected the ability of the institution to provide medical records to patients
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Publication Date||25 January 2012|
|Citation / Document Symbol||LCA103986.E|
|Related Document||Sainte-Lucie : information indiquant si un incendie qui a fait rage à l'hôpital St. Jude le 9 septembre 2009 a nui à la capacité de l'établissement de fournir des dossiers médicaux aux patients|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Saint Lucia: Whether a fire at St. Jude Hospital on 9 September 2009 has affected the ability of the institution to provide medical records to patients, 25 January 2012, LCA103986.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50aa2f0c2.html [accessed 10 March 2014]|
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Sources report that on 9 September 2009, there was a fire at St. Jude Hospital (St. Jude Hospital 16 Sept. 2009; Saint Lucia 9 Sept. 2011; St. Lucia Star 12 Sept. 2011). According to information posted on the website of St. Jude Hospital, the fire destroyed an operating theatre, the surgical ward and the paediatric wing of the hospital (St. Jude Hospital 16 Sept. 2009). Three people also died as a result of the fire (ibid.; St. Lucia Star 12 Sept. 2011). Sources indicate that the medical services of St. Jude Hospital temporarily relocated to the George Odlum Stadium following the fire (ibid.; Saint Lucia 9 Sept. 2011). As of September 2011, the reconstruction of the hospital was not yet complete and the hospital continued to operate from the temporary location (ibid.; St. Lucia Star 12 Sept. 2011).
Nevertheless, in a telephone interview with the Research Directorate, the Medical Director at St. Jude Hospital explained that the fire did not generally affect the ability of administrators to provide medical records to patients requesting their records (19 Jan. 2012). He said that the fire did not destroy any of the patients' medical records (St. Jude Hospital 19 Jan. 2012). He noted that for a "short window" of time following the fire, when the hospital was re-organizing, the ability of patients to access their records may have been affected (ibid.). However, he maintained that this period of time did not last for more than two months at a maximum (ibid.). For information about the procedures to obtain medical records from St. Jude Hospital, see Response to Information Request LCA103856.EF, dated 27 October 2011.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
St. Jude Hosptial. 19 January 2012. Telephone interview with the Medical Director.
_____. 16 September 2009. Kayra Williamson. "St. Jude Hospital."
Saint Lucia. 9 September 2011. Government Information Service. "St. Jude Hospital to Be Completed Based on International Standard and Growing Demands."
St. Lucia Star [Gros Islet]. 12 September 2011. Kayra Williams. "St. Jude Completion Date Still Uncertain?"
Additional Sources Consulted
Internet sites, including: Factiva.