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Bermuda Hospitals Board establishes a Primary Stroke Centre

Wednesday 17 July 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces the establishment of a Primary Stroke Centre at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH).

An estimated two percent of the population suffers an acute stroke in Bermuda every year. “We recognise that acute stroke in Bermuda is an epidemic that contributes to adult disability and significant economic cost,” said BHB Chief of Staff Michael Richmond, MD. “We are thus making the care and treatment of stroke patients a top priority.”

BHB is developing the stroke programme in collaboration with experts from Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center and its Department of Neurology’s Global Center for Organized Stroke Care. The collaboration is part of the clinical affiliation between BHB and Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHMI). Through the affiliation, Johns Hopkins is providing educational training, protocol development assistance and project management support to aid in the progress of the centre and BHB’s pursuit of accreditation.

BHB Consultant Neurologist Francene Gayle, MD is leading the project for BHB. She said: “A primary stroke centre ensures the highest level of care to acute stroke patients including the use of intravenous thrombolytics (clot busting agents) for appropriate candidates who present within 4.5 hours of the onset of a stroke. It also ensures island-wide public education on the signs and symptoms of an acute stroke as well as stroke prevention strategies. There is also an emphasis on re-integrating stroke survivors into the community through rehabilitation.”

“Johns Hopkins Medicine International is pleased to be guiding Bermuda Hospitals Board in establishing the Primary Stroke Centre in Bermuda. We work with thousands of stroke patients from around the world every year and are eager to share our expertise to benefit the Bermuda community,” said Dr. Victor Urrutia, Director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

BHB CEO Venetta Symonds said: “We are pleased to make this service improvement. Instituting a Primary Stroke Centre at BHB creates a path for us to fulfil our commitment to deliver exceptional care to foster a healthy Bermuda community.”


Pictured from left: Angela Gilbert RPT, BHB Clinical Manager, Allied Health Services;  Heloisa Ambrosia RN, BHB Clinical Nurse Educator (Med/Surg Services); Holly Russell, OTR/L, Rehab Team Leader, RTS Team Leader, John Hopkins Hospital; April Pruski, MD, Assistant Professor SOM PMR Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Lisa Klein, Clinical Nurse Specialist, CNRN, JHMI; Brenda Johnson, MD, Assistant Director, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Stroke Center and Assistant Professor of Neurology , Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Victor Urrutia, MD, Director The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center and Associate Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Judy Richardson RN, BHB Chief of Nursing; Francene Gayle MD, BHB Physician Lead, Primary Stroke Centre; Consultant Internist and Neurologist; Nevin Williams MD, BHB Assistant Director of Hospitalist Services; Kathy Albuoy RN, BHB Clinical Manager, Ascendant Partner Re; Phillip Jones MD, BHB Emergency Physician; Margia Arguello, Associate, Global Services, JHMI; Michael Ashton MD,BHB Chief of Medicine; Cathy Stovell BHB Public Relations and Norma Smith RN, BHB Clinical Director, Medical/Surgical Services

17 July 2019 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics

12 June 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board today releases its road traffic accident statistics for April and May.

Total cases seen in the Emergency Department at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in April were 129 and in May were 165.

In April 4 people were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and in May 1 person was.

Twelve people were admitted to general wards at KEMH in April and 12 in May.

Two people under the age of 18 were admitted to general wards at KEMH and one to ICU in April. In May, no one under the age of 18 was admitted.

In April 13 tourists attended the Emergency Department due to road traffic accidents and in May 17 attended.

One patient was transferred overseas for further treatment in April. No patients were transferred overseas in May.

To view the year-to-date statistics click the link below.

2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics May

12 June 2019 Home Page, News

Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department operating hours

Thursday 23 May 2019: The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) wishes the public a happy and safe Bermuda Day weekend. If urgent medical care is required we remind you that the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) in St David’s will keep its normal operating hours – from 4pm to midnight on Friday and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

If your condition could be serious (for example, stroke, heart attack, serious injury), please go to the Emergency Department at KEMH, where full imaging and surgical services are available.

BHB also reminds the public that emergency physicians attend to patients in the order of the severity of their condition.

While the weather forecast is for relatively mild conditions, BHB reminds you of the importance of staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun. Always have a bottle of water at hand and sip it during your Bermuda day activities, whether taking part in the marathon, watching the marathon, taking part in the parade, or attending the parade as a spectator and follow advice on protective clothing and sunscreen based on the UV Index given on weather.bm.

If you need to contact the UCC call 298-7700. To contact KEMH Emergency Department call 239-2009.

23 May 2019 Home Page, News

Bermuda’s Emergency Services Celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week

Tuesday 21 May 2019: Bermuda’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are highlighting the work they do in the community this week. Join them outside City Hall on Wednesday 22 May from 11am to 2pm.

The event will feature EMS members in Bermuda including EMT’s from Bermuda Hospitals Board and Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, The Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Radio (formerly Bermuda Harbour Radio) and volunteers of St. Johns Ambulance Brigade.

Teams will showcase their vehicles and much of their equipment and will be on hand to engage with the public and answer any questions.

It’s a part of EMS Week which is observed in Bermuda and North America. This year the theme is “Beyond the Call” recognising that members of this profession typically go beyond their job descriptions in the interest of saving lives and keeping our community safe.

21 May 2019 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board announces new endocrinologist

Tuesday 21 May 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) announces the appointment of Andrew Jamieson, MRCP(UK) PhD, as a consultant endocrinologist on an initial two-year contract. Dr Jamieson started on 4 May, filling the vacancy left in 2018 with the departure of Annabel Fountain, MD.

Dr Jamieson, from Paisley, Scotland, received his degree in medicine from the University of Glasgow, finishing top of his class with the title Most Distinguished Graduate in Medicine. He underwent training in internal medicine in London and Glasgow and obtained the MRCP(UK). He was awarded his PhD after completing a Medical Research Council training programme in Glasgow and Cornell University in New York.

Dr Jamieson completed his specialist training in endocrinology in Glasgow and worked as a consultant endocrinologist and physician in NHS Scotland for 17 years before taking up a post, in 2016, as deputy medical director of the Valiant Clinic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At the Valiant Clinic, Dr Jamieson provided a combination of management, training and clinical practice in endocrinology.

Dr Jamieson has published widely on clinical aspects of diabetes, endocrinology and osteoporosis.

BHB Chief of Staff Michael Richmond, MD, said: “We are fortunate to have Dr Jamieson join the BHB team. His knowledge and expertise in diabetes and his experience in managing the disease in Dubai, a high diabetes prevalence area, will benefit entire the Bermuda community.”

Dr Jamieson said: “I am looking forward to serving the community and working to improve health outcomes for diabetics in this beautiful island.”



21 May 2019 Home Page, News

BHB IV nurse wins international award

2 May 2019: Did you know that there is a team of nurses at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with specialist training in needle and catheter insertion? Commonly referred to as the intravenous (IV) nursing team, these nurses are called in when patients with blood vessels that are difficult to access need IV treatment and therapies.

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is pleased to announce that its clinical supervisor of IV nurses, Nicole Jackson, has received an international award for her service at BHB. The Canadian Vascular Access Association (CVAA), which has a Bermuda chapter, awarded Ms Jackson third place in its 2019-CVAA/BD Excellence in Vascular Access Management & Infusion Therapy Award. The ceremony took place at the CVAA annual convention in Quebec, Canada from 24-26 April 2019. Ms Jackson’s award included a $500 education grant.

The award recognises healthcare professionals that are committed to safety and quality improvement in this specialty area. All nominees had to show evidence of their leadership, innovation, implementation of sustainable best practices and change management concepts, with respect to vascular access at their healthcare organisations.

Ms Jackson, a registered nurse for 25 years, is a CVAA certified member and a member of  the Infusion Nurses Society and America Vascular Access Association. She was nominated for the award by president of the CVAA Bermuda chapter, nurse Christine Bogle-Mienzer. Ms Bogle-Mienzner wrote: “Nicole is passionate about vascular access and infusion therapy. She educates clinicians on how to gain BHB IV certification and encourages participation in the vascular access courses offered at our institution.”

Ms Jackson said she was humbled to win the award: “To be recognised by my peers not only here in Bermuda but also in Canada, was an honour for me. I have been privileged throughout my nursing career to have been supported by BHB. I don’t believe this would have been possible without that.”

Ms Bogle-Mienzer noted the importance of the work done by the BHB IV team, saying: “Almost every department and procedure requires a blood-draw or insertion of some type of IV cannulation for medical therapy. This requires patience and skill of infusion therapists to adeptly perform these therapies.”

She added that patients who have difficulty with insertions “commend the team in purple for their outstanding skill and care in securing their infusion treatments.”

All BHB’s IV nurses are certified through the CVAA and the Infusion Nurses Society.

2 May 2019 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for March 2019

26 April 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accidents for the month of March 2019 are as follows:

Total cases seen in the Emergency Department at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre – 127

No one was admitted to the ICU and no one had to be transferred overseas for treatment.

Admitted to the Acute Care Wing – 12

Admitted to Gosling (Children’s) Ward – 1

Number of tourist cases – 5

26 April 2019 Home Page, News

A Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute Easter story: Gregory’s labour of love

17 April 2019: There’s no disputing that Gregory Simons is a caring person ideally suited to working in healthcare, although he’s spent the majority of his life with the Department of Corrections.

He became a nurses’ aide at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) five years ago, having retired from Westgate Correctional Facility after 24 years of service. Nurses’ aides provide life skills support for MWI service users. Currently in the position at MWI residential unit Devon Lodge, Gregory is part of the team that helps the 21 residents do their laundry, dress and bathe themselves, fold their clothes, etc.

Gregory says he loves the job. Recently it’s become clear just how much, as he’s voluntarily assumed more responsibility teaching arts and crafts to the residents.

“I did not like seeing the service users sitting around doing nothing,” he says.

Gregory spent 17 years as the recreational coordinator for Westgate, and he’s using those skills to engage the service users at Devon Lodge. Working primarily with the four service users who aren’t involved in other programmes during the day, he has led them in making Easter decorations, including Easter baskets and kites.

He plans to work on projects for each festive season. The next will be Bermuda Day.

“My goal is to get more service users involved,” Gregory says. “When they go out to smoke, I go out and say you need to come and do this project with us. I’m aiming to keep them so engaged they won’t find as much time for smoking and the like.”

And Gregory’s involvement isn’t just teaching arts and crafts. He has planned activities for Easter Sunday that will involve all the service users.

“We’ve made baskets for each of the service users,” he says. “On Easter Sunday they will comb the courtyard area here in an Easter egg hunt.”

Devon Lodge Clinical Manager Dawn Smith says Gregory’s enthusiasm has been great not just for the service users, but also other staff.

“He brings a joyous attitude to the workplace which is impactful and hopefully infectious,” she says. “We feel very privileged to have him here.”

For Gregory, the work is rewarding and fulfilling.

“I knew that I would love this,” he says. “My mother used to be in Lefroy House and I would visit her several times a week, staying to feed her and help the matron and nurses with feeding other residents and general help for everyone there. I used to volunteer and drive the bus to transport the Lefroy residents to various appointments and events.”

At 61, Gregory shows no signs of slowing down on his workload. For him, it’s clearly a labour of love.

17 April 2019 Home Page, News

Easter weekend hours at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre

16 April 2019: The Bermuda Hospitals Board wishes the public a safe holiday weekend. If urgent medical care is required we remind you that the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) in St David’s will keep its normal operating hours – from 4pm to midnight on Good Friday and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

Please note that if your condition is serious, attendance at KEMH may still be necessary.

BHB also reminds the public that emergency physicians attend to patients in the order of the severity of their condition. The pictured poster details the expected wait times, but please note this is a general guideline.

If you need to contact the UCC call 298-7700. To contact KEMH Emergency Department call 239-2009.

16 April 2019 Home Page, News

BHB celebrates occupational health nurses

16 April 2019: Laurie Smith and Muriel Williams are occupational health nurses at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB). They work to create a culture of health and safety for all BHB employees. They are among the first staff new employees meet as they conduct the pre-employment health assessments. During these appointments their aim is to convey a welcoming feeling while setting the standard for the quality of care staff will receive from Employee Health Services (EHS).

The pair are responsible for treating all BHB staff for work related illness and injury. Their care covers all aspects of an employee’s health – physical, emotional, financial, social and occupational. Often they also have to treat employees for non-work related health matters providing guidance on resources that can best assist affected staff with improving their health outcomes.

Ms Smith and Ms Williams are also advocates for the health and safety of BHB employees and often liaise with managers, Employee Relations, and external agencies like the Department of Health.

In addition to serving BHB’s 1,700 employees, Ms Smith and Ms Williams also provide occupational health services to external client companies. These companies send their employees to EHS for services such as drug screening.

Not everyone is aware of the unique responsibilities of occupational health nurses. From case management to health counselling to the oversight of legal and regulatory compliance, these nurses help to improve employees’ health and a BHB’s bottom line. Businesses count on occupational health nurses to protect their workers’ health which in turn helps to reduce absenteeism, lower turnover rates, improve employee morale, increase productivity and create a positive brand image.

Occupational health nurses are recognised leaders in workplace health and safety. Their prominent position allows them to:

  • collaborate with employees to develop healthy lifestyle and behaviours,
  • set expectations for employees to self-manage their physical, mental and emotional health
  • serve as health advocates and experts to internal and external groups
  • manage occupational injury/illness leading to reduced time away from work  and cost savings
  • create a culture of health and safety to ensure a supportive environment where everyone can do their best

The American Association of Occupational Health Professionals celebrates Occupational Health Nurse Week 15-19 April.

16 April 2019 Home Page, News