Johannesburg - Operating theatres at the Helen Joseph Hospital, west of Johannesburg, are now functioning normally and surgical operations have resumed, the Gauteng Health Department said on Wednesday.

“Non-emergency surgical operations had to be re-scheduled earlier to allow contractors to do maintenance work on the boilers,” spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

Repairs were finished late on Wednesday afternoon enabling the hospital to open all the theatres and resume all non-emergency surgical operations.

Earlier on Wednesday, Zwane said a contractor started to fix boilers on Tuesday and was expected to complete the work by the end of the week.

Only emergency operations were being carried out at the hospital.

The Democratic Alliance said in a statement that operations at the hospital had been cancelled because of equipment breakdown.

The party's Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom said surgery was delayed on Monday for three hours because of problems with anaesthetic gases.

On Tuesday, the problem was lack of steam because boilers had failed. - Sapa