Patients in need of dialysis in Bermuda are being redirected to outside providers temporarily, as the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) investigates a water-test result from the tanks that feed its units.

While equipment in the hospital’s dialysis unit is working, the BHB said: “One of the regular water tests picked up an anomaly and we are currently rechecking the results.

“We are working with our partners Paget Health Services, who maintain and service the dialysis unit water system as part of the Acute Care Wing contract.”

The BHB said the decision was made to divert patients to other services “out of an abundance of caution” while the board waits for the test results.

“As these tests are done off-island, we expect it will take two to three days to complete,” the BHB added.

“We can provide an update once the results are received later this week.”

An estimated 250 people require dialysis in Bermuda, a figure that has “increased fivefold” in Bermuda, in the past 20 years.