The operating theatres at the Savanna-la-Mar General Hospital in Westmoreland have been closed with immediate effect.

This to facilitate urgent repairs to the air conditioning system.

The Regional Director of the Western Regional Health Authority, Dr Ken-Garfield Douglas, says in the interim, arrangements have been made with a private medical centre in Savanna-la-Mar to carry out emergency surgeries.

For those patients requiring surgery and whose condition allows, they will be transferred to the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

Surgical operations will resume at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital as soon as the repairs are completed.