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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

Bermuda Blood Donor Centre thanks polo shirt donors

5 December 2018: Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is today thanking two donors, Mr Peter Barrett and Chubb, who have provided funding for polo shirts that are being awarded to long term blood and apheresis donors who have donated throughout this year.

Peter Barrett first made a donation for the Blood Donor Centre to purchase shirts for people who donated over a 3 month period if they were long term donors. To make this a more regular thank you throughout 2018, Chubb stepped in to fund the rest of the year’s supply of the shirts.  Chubb is also a competitor in the Corporate Blood Donor Competition 2018/19.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Haematologist, comments: “Our blood donation is entirely voluntary, in line with World Health Organisation best practices. These shirts show our gratitude for people who have donated regularly this year, supported by Mr Barrett and Chubb. We are very grateful to them for this support in recognizing true heroes who save lives in Bermuda every day. Our hope is that seeing friends and family in the polo shirt may also encourage others to overcome whatever inhibitions they have and to join the most giving group in Bermuda – blood and apheresis donors.”

Mr Barrett comments: “It was a pleasure to work with the Blood Donor Centre to initiate this programme.  We should all be very grateful that Chubb has stepped forward to keep this programme going.  For those who can, I encourage everyone to volunteer a small part of their day to donate.  Your pint of blood saves lives and it also helps to manage the healthcare needs of at least three patients.  Without question your donation has a significant ripple effect throughout the community.”

5 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

Medical ethics expert focuses on difficult conversations

1 November 2018: Bermuda’s healthcare providers will have the opportunity to learn from a medical ethics expert next week. Dr Christy Simpson, head of the Bioethics Department at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine, will return to the island to give a series of talks as part of Bermuda Hospitals Board’s (BHB’s) annual Ethics Awareness Week.

This year, Dr Simpson and the BHB Ethics Committee will focus on the difficult conversations that present a challenge for many healthcare professionals.

Dr Christy Simpson and Sita Ingram

Dr Christy Simpson (left) and Sita Ingram

Sita Ingram, Ethics Education Committee chair and clinical director of Allied Health Services at BHB, said: “Healthcare providers are here to diagnose and treat illnesses, but it’s also our duty to make sure our patients understand the reality of their diagnosis, and the risks and benefits of choosing one treatment over another. We need to take their values and beliefs into account, along with their loved ones’ wishes.

“These can be very emotional conversations for everyone involved, especially when the prognosis is not good or the treatment journey is likely to be difficult. The situation can be even tougher when patients aren’t able to make decisions for themselves.”

Dr Simpson said: “In the end we need to support patients and their families through the decision-making process and then support their decisions, whether or not the patient chooses the recommended course of treatment.

“There are steps we can take to prepare for these kinds of conversations and to deal with any issues that arise. There are also ethical considerations, along with tools that can help when making a decision is particularly difficult or there are differing views.”

Dr Simpson will lead continuing medical education lectures for local healthcare providers next Monday to Thursday (5-8 November). Details are available on the BHB website at bermudahospitals.bm by clicking on CME Events under Quick Links. Following the lectures, Dr Simpson, the Ethics Committee and BHB staff will participate in two days of workshops.

According to Dr Simpson, one thing everyone can do to make these kinds of situations a little easier is to consider completing an advance directive and choosing a healthcare agent.

“Thinking about what you would want and discussing it with your loved ones ahead of time can ease some of the stress in a very stressful situation,” Dr Simpson said. “In a case where you aren’t able to make your own decisions, an advance directive can take the burden off your loved ones’ shoulders and potentially prevent family turmoil because you’ve made many of the hardest decisions in advance.”

Members of the Ethics Committee will be available in the Acute Care Wing lobby at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) from 12pm to 2pm on Monday 5 November to talk about advance directives, ethical dilemmas, difficult conversations and decision making with members of the public who stop by. The Committee provides medical ethics consultations to healthcare providers, patients and the public by calling 291-HOPE (4673) or emailing ethics@bhb.bm.

Ethics information, tools and advance directive booklets are available at bermudahospitals.bm by searching ‘ethics’.

The BHB Ethics Committee comprises about 20 members, including clinical, administrative and community representatives. The Committee promotes awareness of ethical concerns at both KEMH and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, endorses medical ethics education, provides an ethics consultation service and produces guidelines on prominent issues that can help healthcare professionals consider all aspects of controversial decisions. The Committee also reviews medical research proposals on request and reviews hospital policies to ensure they are ethically sound.

BHB’s Ethics Committee maintains a close relationship with Dalhousie University’s Department of Bioethics, which provides assistance and training in ethical matters.

Featured photo credit: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

1 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

Mental health poetry competition launched for young people

3 October 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board today announces the launch of a poetry competition ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week in October. Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are being invited to write poems of up to 26 lines for the theme ‘Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World’. The poetry competition is free to enter, and there will be gift certificate prizes.

The competition opens today and the deadline is Tuesday 16 October 2018. Winners will be announced on Friday 19 October at the launch of the MindFrame PhotoVoice Exhibition at the Bermuda Society of Arts, an exhibition of photographs and art by people who use services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

Natasha Lisa Kalloo, Registered Mental Health Nurse in Child & Adolescent Services and member of the Mental Health Awareness Week Committee, comments: “The theme is Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World. During Mental Health Awareness Week we will talk about a number of issues impacting young people, but we wanted our young people in Bermuda to have a voice too. This poetry competition gives a creative way for them to speak about life in their own words and how it impacts their mental health – what makes them happy, sad, anxious, or depressed, for example and how they manage these emotions.

“There is no entry fee, and we want to encourage individual as well as school entries. We hope schools will see this competition as a way to talk about mental health and how it impacts their students, and that writing poetry is a way for them to communicate thoughts, feelings and events that may be challenging.”

Mental Health Awareness Week Poetry Competition Rules

Mental Health Awareness Week Poetry Competition flyer

3 October 2018 Home Page, News