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BHB Public Advisory on the Flu

21 January 2019: BHB is experiencing a high number of people being admitted with complications from suspected and confirmed flu.

Dr Michael Richmond, Chief of Staff and Acting CEO, comments: “What is most concerning is the speed and virulence of the flu symptoms we are seeing in the hospital.  This has not been a slow and steady increase. We have gone from zero patients with suspected flu complications in the intensive care unit to four confirmed and three suspected cases over just one weekend. Our Emergency Department is seeing an increase in patients coming with serious respiratory complications and in order to protect patients, the community and our staff, we are implementing a flu response action plan that focuses our nursing staff on the response and reduces traffic through the hospital from people who may bring in or take out with them the flu virus.”

  • BHB is postponing non-emergency surgeries as needed, in anticipation of further admissions. Two were postponed today. We will review the status each day to decide on our ability to undertake elective, non-emergency surgeries.  Emergency and critical surgeries (for example, trauma or cancer surgeries) will continue.
  • BHB is requesting a maximum of two visitors per patient per day in all areas of the hospital, including long term care.  The incidence of flu to date has come from the community, and infection has not occurred while patients are in hospital. We need to reduce further exposure of other visitors and patients. Long Term Care unit residents in particular are vulnerable to complications from flu.
  • All visitors will be expected to wear masks in the Intensive Care Unit and use gel dispensers or soap and water to wash hands before and after seeing an individual.
  • Only visit the Emergency Department if you need to. This will reduce the chance of you picking up flu from someone who is in the Emergency Department Waiting Room and relieve pressure in the Emergency Department. For minor illnesses and injuries, see your GP or visit the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in St David’s.
  • If you have an outpatient appointment at KEMH but think you are sick with or coming down with flu, call to reschedule. You will avoid infecting other people in hospital, some of whom may be already unwell and vulnerable to flu.
  • Get vaccinated. The vaccine takes two weeks to be effective, but the flu season still has a few months to run. It is the most effective way to reduce your chances of getting the flu.
22 January 2019 Home Page, News

X-Ray Service Resumes at Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre

Friday 4 January 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board reports that x-ray service at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in St. David’s has resumed. The x-ray equipment at the east end facility was down as repairs were carried out. Members of the public had been directed to attend the Emergency Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital during the closure.

The Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre is open from 4pm to midnight on weekdays and from noon to midnight on weekends.

4 January 2019 Home Page, News

BHB Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 30 November 2018

Friday 21 December:

Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) 2018 statistics from 1 January – 30 November show that due to road traffic accidents:

  • 2,617 victims required Emergency Department services
  • 144 victims were admitted to acute care wards
  • 20 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
  • 8 victims 18 or younger were admitted to the hospital
  • 8 victims were discharged to overseas medical facilities
  • 120 tourists required medical attention
21 December 2018 Home Page, Media

Holiday hours of Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency Services

Friday 21 December 2018: The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) wishes the public a happy and 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 noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday and from 4pm to midnight on Christmas Day – Tuesday 25 December and Boxing Day – Wednesday 26 December.

On New Year’s Eve, Monday 31 December and New Year’s Day Tuesday 1 January opening hours will be from 4pm to midnight.

If you believe you may need an x-ray please attend King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) Emergency Department.

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 poster above details the expected wait times, but please notes this is a general guideline.

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


21 December 2018 Home Page, News

BHB announces road traffic accident statistics for 1 January-31 October 2018

15 November 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) 2018 statistics from 1 January – 31 October show that due to road traffic accidents:

  • 1,459 victims required Emergency Department services
  • 132 victims were admitted to acute care wards
  • 18 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
  • 8 victims 18 or younger were admitted to the hospital
  • 8 victims were discharged to overseas medical facilities
  • 116 tourists required medical attention

BHB provides a set of posters with these statistics monthly (see below).  Please print them and distribute widely.

BHB RTA posters January to October2018

15 November 2018 Home Page, News

November is Diabetes and Chronic Lung Disease Awareness Month

Bermuda Hospitals Board hosts two free public events

7 November 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is celebrating World Diabetes Day and World COPD Day, which both fall on Wednesday 14 November, with two free events for the public.

Free health screenings for blood sugar and blood pressure levels, as well as lung function testing for smokers or former heavy smokers over the age of 40, will take place in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) General Wing lobby from 10am to 1pm.

“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is characterised by shortness of breath and difficulty breathing,” said BHB asthma nurse educator Debbie Barboza. “People often do not realise they have the condition and believe it’s a sign of them aging. But if you are over 40 and smoke or used to smoke, you could have COPD. While it is not curable, we can teach you how to stop the disease progressing and how to manage your condition.”

A simple non-invasive breath test is the screening test for COPD and will be offered in the free screening session on Wednesday 14 November.

The public can also learn the science of body weight when BHB locum endocrinologist Dr Amy Freeth delivers her talk: The Dilemma of Weight Loss.

“I’ll explain the science of how we gain weight, and why losing and maintaining weight can be a real challenge,” said Dr Freeth. “I’ll also discuss how medications, surgery, food and mindfulness practices can impact weight and overall health. After the talk attendees should better understand what they can do to become healthier and how their choices impact their health.”

All are invited to the free talk, which will take place on Wednesday 14 November from 6pm to 7pm in The Resource Centre located on the ground floor of the KEMH General Wing.

November is Diabetes and Chronic Lung Disease Awareness Month. Members of the community who have these conditions can work with BHB’s Diabetes, Respiratory, Endocrine and Metabolism (DREAM) Centre team. The fully accredited team provides education, advice and counselling to help people successfully manage their conditions.

Located in the Fairview Court building on the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute campus, the team includes: diabetes nurse educators Jane Hope, Verna Eugene and Tammoi Simons; asthma nurse educator Debbie Barboza; clinical dietitians Jessika Quigley and Letitia Rabain; endocrinologist Dr Amy Freeth; and internist Dr Cathryn Siddle.

Anyone who would like more information on the free events or on DREAM Centre services can call 239-2027, or email diabetes.centre@bhb.bm, asthma.centre@bhb.bm or endocrinology@bhb.bm.

Flyers of the public talk and free health screenings can be found below for download and printing. Please distribute widely.

BHB Diabetes and Chronic Lung Disease Awareness month NOV2018

BHB Diabetes Month public talk NOV2018

7 November 2018 Home Page, News

Walk-in Mammography Day on Thursday

23 October 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month this week with a walk-in mammography day this Thursday 25 October. If you are over the age of 40 and have not had your mammogram this year, come and celebrate with us. We are accepting new and returning patients.

Please note the following:

BHB’s Mammography Department follows the guidelines of the American College of Radiology (ACR). This includes the age at which persons should have mammograms and the frequency with which they should be conducted. The guidelines stipulate the following:

  • Women aged 40 to 82 should get mammograms every year
  • Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer
  • All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel, and report any changes to a healthcare provider right away
  • Women with a family history, genetic tendency or certain other factors should, in addition to a mammogram, be screened with MRI. Very few women fall into this category.
  • Talk with a healthcare provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.

To learn about fun ways the BHB mammography team is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BermudaHospitals/

23 October 2018 Home Page, News

BHB Road Traffic Accident Statistics from 1 January to 30 September

18 October 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for the period 1 January 2018 – 31 August 2018, shows the following:

1,350 victims required the Emergency Department

98 victims were admitted to the Acute Care Wing

17 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit

8 victims 18 or younger were admitted to the hospital and,

8 victims were discharged to an overseas medical facility, following road traffic accidents.

95 road traffic accident victims were tourists

Posters with these statistics are available in the link below.

BHB Road Traffic Accident posters to September2018

18 October 2018 News

Social media ‘perfection’ harming students

Promoting awareness: Shanay Scott, chairwoman of the Mental Health Awareness Committee, left, Anne Coakley, head of secondary at Warwick Academy, David Horan, principal at Warwick Academy, McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett, health minister Kim Wilson, Glenn Caisey, clinical director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (Photograph by Anna Nowak)From The Royal Gazette: A 15-year-old schoolgirl warned about the perils of modern-day school life as she kicked off Mental Health Awareness Week yesterday.

McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett from Warwick Academy said children faced pressure from teachers and parents to perform well in exams, bullying from school friends and unrealistic expectations of “perfection” promoted on social media.

She highlighted research by the American Psychological Association, which showed nearly half of all teenagers admitted they suffered stress from pressures at school.

McKenzie-Kohl said: “The pressure to perform well academically was the most significant, followed by the desire to please teachers.

“In addition, the combination of schoolwork, extracurricular activities and studying for exams leads to crammed schedules. Teenagers should be encouraged to reach out to their school counsellors if they feel as if they can’t cope.”

She was speaking at Warwick Academy, the venue for the launch of the awareness campaign, which this year is focused on the mental health of young people in a fast-changing world.

McKenzie-Kohl said parents could set unrealistic expectations for their children, which could lead to burnout, anxiety and low self-esteem…

Published 9 October 2018
16 October 2018 Media

Mental Health Awareness Week launched

From Bernews: Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 was launched by Minister of Health Kim Wilson today [Oct 8] with the theme of ‘Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World.’

A spokesperson said, “About 75% of mental illnesses appear by the age of 24, with about half appearing by 14 years old. A message of the campaign is that education about mental health and interventions at a young age will vastly improvement lives – from educational achievement, to employment and relationships.”

Glenn Caisey, Director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, said, “The mental health of our young people is precious. Identifying and responding to mental disorders in this age group is critical to give them the best chance at a fulfilling life.”

Mental Health Awareness Week Bermuda Oct 2018

“There is much that impacts our mental wellbeing at this age – how we are treated by our families and friends being critical. Bullying, cyberbullying, coming to terms with our individual gender identity and sexual orientation, family and peer pressures and violence in our communities and the world impact the mental well-being of our youth… Read the full article at www.bernews.com

Published 8 October 2018


16 October 2018 Media