Patients told to bring their own blood glucose monitors and strips to San Fernando General Hospital

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:15

Patients at the San Fernando General Hospital are now being advised to bring their own blood glucose monitor to the hospital.

Patients planning to seek treatment at the hospital will have to walk with not only the strips to test blood glucose levels, but the monitor machine itself.

This as the Southwest Regional Health Authority confirms that the hospital does not have these supplies in stock and may not for at least another month. 

One doctor who spoke with us off record said this has made patient care very difficult as sometimes medication cannot be prescribed without a proper glucose reading.

Nurses, we are told, are visually monitoring patients to guess if the glucose levels are too high or low.

They say it has become frustrating as these supplies are critical for patient care.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South-West Regional Health Authority, Gail Meade has confirmed the shortage.

She said it has been brought to the attention of the Health Ministry and the SWRHA was told that the issue stems from the supplier and patients were asked to bring in their own blood glucose reading machines as only certain strips work for designated machines.