BHB releases its road traffic accident statistics for 2019

Thursday 16 January 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) road traffic accident statistics for the period 01 January – 31 December 2019 show the following:

  • The Emergency Department (including Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre) saw 1,794 road traffic accident cases (137 were tourists)
  • 23 people were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit as a result of road traffic accidents
  • 140 people were admitted to general wards in the hospital due to road traffic accidents
  • 16 minors (under the age of 18) were admitted to the hospital due to road traffic accidents, one of those was admitted to ICU
  • 4 people were discharged to overseas medical facilities due to road traffic accidents

Below are BHB road traffic accident statistics from previous years.

2018 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

2017 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

2016 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

16 January 2020 Home Page, News

BHB seeks students for 2020 summer programme

Monday 6 January 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is now accepting employment applications for its 2020 Summer Student Programme.

BHB aims to ensure the highest quality healthcare through service excellence, education and leadership.

Director of Learning and Talent Development Kendra-Lee Pearman, PhD, said: “If you are Bermudian, highly motivated and currently attending college or university, we encourage you to join our family of experienced professionals for the summer months.

“Continuing our goal of building a healthy community and strong partnerships, the Summer Student Programme is an excellent way for students to gain hands-on experience in their area of study while creating a talent pipeline for BHB. We encourage students pursuing both clinical and non-clinical studies, including information technology, finance, engineering, trades and human resources, to apply.”

All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment, have completed at least one year of study at an accredited college or university, and have a Bermuda Social Insurance Number.

Nursing students must have started their clinical rotation. Allied health students must have been accepted into an approved occupational therapy, physical therapy or dietetics programme. Medical students must be entering at least their third year of study.

The application deadline for BHB’s Summer Student Programme is Friday 28 February 2020. All applications must be made online in the Jobs Now section of BHB’s website at, by clicking on ‘Work at BHB’ and selecting ‘Student’ as the job category. Potential applicants can email any questions to

BHB notes that successful applicants will be subject to a drug test.

6 January 2020 Home Page, News

BHB welcomes first babies of 2020

Wednesday 1 January 2020: Staff of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Maternity Unit have been busy on the first day of 2020, welcoming two New Year’s babies with a possible third on the way. Both babies were expected in the middle of January but decided to make early appearances.

The first baby of the new decade was born at 7:58am. The little girl weighed in at 7lb 2oz.

The second baby followed a few hours behind, born at 12:06pm to parents Keneshia and Terence Taylor. Little Nia Elizabella is just 4lb 1oz.

The babies and their mothers are healthy and getting some much needed rest.

Pictured above: Nia Elizabella Taylor and mother Keneshia Taylor

1 January 2020 Home Page, News

UCC Temporarily Reduces Weekday Hours From 16 December to 31 January 2020

Thursday 12 December: As part of its winter planning, Bermuda Hospitals Board today announces that between 16 December 2019 and 31 January 2020, week time opening hours at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre will be 6pm-10pm, rather than 4pm-midnight, and during these reduced weekday hours there will not be an x-ray service.  Weekend hours will remain unchanged during this time and the UCC will operate as usual with an x-ray service from mid-day to midnight.

Weekday hours along with a weekday x-ray service will return to normal from 1 February 2020.

The change keeps the UCC open during its busiest hours. However, the reduced weekday hours allow more staff to be present in the KEMH Emergency Department helping keep wait times down for a larger group of patients.

Chief of Emergency, Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke, comments: “We are planning for a busy winter period when flu and respiratory illnesses bring more people to the Emergency Department. Our focus is to prioritise the ED service during this time, where clinical need is greatest. This will help keep the ED wait times down and ensure patients with the most pressing medical needs are attended to in a timely manner. Our hope is that the shorter week day hours at the UCC will free enough staff to manage high demand in the ED, although we will closely monitor the situation throughout to ensure the care needs of our community are met.”

Dr Okereke adds: “Should the causeway close for any reason, the UCC will open in line with current practice. The reduced weekday hours are a proactive, temporary measure to better plan emergency care for the island over some of our busiest months. We thank East End residents for their understanding and we look forward to resuming normal operating hours in February.”

12 December 2019 Home Page, News

Road closure and traffic interruptions at KEMH on 9 December

Thursday 5 December 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public of a temporary road closure scheduled for Monday 9 December 2019 on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus. The closure will affect both vehicular and pedestrian through traffic from approximately 6pm Monday until 1am Tuesday.

To facilitate the replacement of beds in the KEMH General Wing, a container will travel to the KEMH site, interrupting the flow of traffic along Point Finger Road from approximately 5:30pm to 6pm on Monday.

The container will be positioned on the KEMH through road between the ambulance bays and the General Wing lobby from 6pm, necessitating the closure of that section of the KEMH road until approximately 1am.

During this period, emergency vehicles and people attending the Emergency Department should use the Point Finger Road entrance. Ambulances will enter and exit on Point Finger Road.

KEMH and the visitor parking lots will still be accessible from both Point Finger Road (Acute Care Wing) and Berry Hill Road (General Wing and Agape House). Traffic will not be able to travel between the General Wing lobby roundabout and Point Finger Road.

For your safety and the safety of others, please use caution and adhere to the barriers, signage and directions of the security officers.

Bermuda Hospitals Board apologises to the public for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.

KEMH Road Closure Map – 9 December 2019

5 December 2019 Home Page, News

New Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at MWI

Wednesday 4 December 2019: BHB today announces that Tawanna Wedderburn has been appointed as the new Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. She takes on the role from Monday 9 December 2019 as Mr Glenn Caisey, who held the position for more than 20 years, is retiring from this post.

Reporting to the Vice President, Clinical Operations (MWI), Mr Preston Swan, the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services is responsible for the quality and direction of community and inpatient mental health services for adults and Child & Adolescent Services.

Mr Swan comments: “I am very pleased to welcome Ms Wedderburn back to MWI in this critical role. I would like to thank Mr Caisey for his leadership and dedicated service over many years. We expect a smooth transition of leadership with Ms Wedderburn’s experience and understanding of MWI and mental health in Bermuda and are looking forward to exciting times in the mental health arena. MWI employees are in the early stages of developing services with amazing partners such as Johns Hopkins and most recently East London NHS Trust who have shared their experiences on their quality improvement journey within mental health. Ms Wedderburn is well placed to lead the team in this process as we seek to improve outcomes for people in Bermuda suffering from mental illness.”

Ms Wedderburn worked at MWI in Child and Adolescent Services for six years between 2002 and 2008 as a family therapist and Acting Programme Manager following two years working as a crisis intervention worker in Toronto. She worked as an adoption worker then family consultant for the Department of Child and Family Services between 2002 and 2010. She has a keen interest in ethics and was a long serving member of the BHB Ethics Committee. From 2007 to 2018 she was employed by the Bermuda Health Council as Programme Manager from 2007, the Director of Health Regulation from 2011 and CEO from 2015.

Ms Wedderburn achieved a Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1993, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1998 and gained a post graduate certificate in couple and family therapy from the University of Guelph in 2006. She has received additional training in health systems and health insurance from the World Bank, Harvard University’s School of Public Health and Schulich School of Business. She sits on the Board of the Westmeath Residential and Nursing Care Home, and the Berkeley Institute Board of Governors. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and Bermuda Counselors Association.

Ms Wedderburn comments: “I’m excited to be returning to MWI in this leadership role as we work to update the strategy for mental health services in Bermuda. I already know there is a wonderful team of professionals and support staff in place providing high quality services, and I look forward to working with them and our external partners to further develop mental health services.”

4 December 2019 Home Page, News

BHB awarded top level of accreditation

Monday 2 December 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has achieved a decision of Accredited with Exemplary Standing, Accreditation Canada’s highest level of accreditation. The decision follows four years of quality and safety improvements, culminating in a weeklong onsite visit by independent surveyors in May.

Accreditation Canada is a non-profit organisation that works with the Ottawa-based Health Standards Organization, healthcare providers, policy makers and patients to improve the quality of health and social services. More than 1,000 health and social service organisations and 7,000 sites around the world have been accredited by Accreditation Canada with a goal of safer, high-quality healthcare. Accreditation Canada surveyors are volunteers who are healthcare professionals in senior clinical or administrative roles at other accredited organisations.

BHB CEO and President Venetta Symonds said: “I’m very proud of this result, which reflects the dedication and hard work our staff devotes to BHB’s quality and safety improvement projects in addition to their daily work of caring for our patients. The surveyors emphasised how much we’ve achieved at BHB over the last few years, and even in the six months prior to the survey.

“They applauded how we have used the Strategic Plan 2016-2021 at the centre of our planning across BHB, and how our extensive Clinical Services Plan serves as the anchor for our strategic goals.

“They cited our dedication to quality and safety improvement and training at all levels, especially initiatives like the introduction of daily bullet rounds on inpatient wards and more focused discharge planning, the significant reduction in pressure injuries, our commitment to early identification and treatment of sepsis, and our increasing engagement of patients and families in policy and process development. They recognised the involvement of our entire team in achieving these results.”

BHB Chief of Staff Michael Richmond, MD, said: “In Bermuda our hospitals are required by law to be accredited by an approved accrediting body. However, the most important part of the process is the opportunity to receive feedback and recommendations from the Accreditation Canada team and the surveyors based on the knowledge and insights they’ve gained from our peers across North America and around the world.

“Clinical and non-clinical teams across BHB have been collaborating with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Johns Hopkins Medicine International and other partners to identify and implement changes to our services, processes and policies. These changes are already having a significant impact on the quality and safety of our care, as evidenced by Accreditation Canada’s survey findings.”

Mrs Symonds added: “Achieving the highest level of accreditation does not mean we don’t have more work to do. The survey report highlights the things we’re doing well, but it also outlines areas we need to improve. Their advice, along with our other quality improvement partners, will help us along the journey to attaining our vision of Exceptional Care. Strong Partnerships. Healthy Community.

“One of our greatest resources on this journey is our patients and their loved ones. Their input on our services and care is invaluable in identifying the areas we fall short and helping us deliver the best possible care to every patient, every day. Our newly formed Patient and Family Advisory Council also provides advice on how we can implement or change processes to improve the patient experience. Thank you to the Council and to every member of the community who has taken the time to contact our unit managers and patient relations with their suggestions and concerns.”

From 13-17 May 2019, four independent surveyors assessed BHB against 26 sets of healthcare standards, 35 priority processes and 30 required organisational practices. They spent time at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre and three of BHB’s group homes, observing staff, reviewing documentation and policies, and interviewing staff, patients and community partners.

The surveyors’ findings were then reviewed thoroughly by the Accreditation Canada team before an accreditation decision and full report were issued.

“Accreditation Canada is committed to supporting organisations like Bermuda Hospitals Board, who offer safe and effective care with a focus on continuous improvement. We commend BHB for their outstanding achievement and their contributions to our goal of achieving quality health services for all,” noted Katerina Tarasova, Accreditation Canada’s executive director of international accreditation.

Accreditation Canada will continue to work with BHB throughout the four-year accreditation cycle, reviewing evidence related to unmet criteria, providing feedback, and monitoring standards and practices to ensure the organisation continues to perform at the expected level.

BHB has been accredited since the 1970s. This year marks the 13th onsite survey by Accreditation Canada. The next survey will be held in May 2023.

The accreditation report, decision letter and survey comparison table are available on the BHB website at > About BHB > Providing Safe Care.


2 December 2019 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics for October 2019

Monday 25 November 2019:  Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for October 2019 are now available. There were 157 cases that required attention at our emergency facilities – 13 people were admitted to general wards. Of those admitted, two were minors ( a 3- year-old and a 15-year-old). No one was air-ambulanced overseas due to a road traffic accident. Twelve of those who attended Emergency, were tourists.

2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics Oct pic

25 November 2019 Home Page, News

EVELYN – a free suicide prevention event presented by the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute

Friday 22 November 2019: Suicide prevention is the theme of mental health awareness campaigns in Bermuda this year. It’s the reason the Mental Health Awareness Committee at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute chose to screen EVELYN, a moving documentary which chronicles one family’s unique effort to come to terms with the suicide of their son and brother, Evelyn.

“Suicide is a difficult subject for many people to talk about or try and face,” said Shanay Scott, chairperson of the Mental Health Awareness Committee and organiser of the free screening event.

“We encourage not only those in our community who have lost loved ones to suicide, to attend this event, but anyone interested in the subject. Human Resources professionals, counsellors and clergy may gain deeper insight and understanding that may better equip them to help survivors as well as those contemplating suicide.”

Critically acclaimed, EVELYN was created by the Academy Award winning filmmakers of The White Helmets and Virunga.  It follows Evelyn’s family 14 years after his death as they decide to walk the length of the UK to try and talk about him – something they had failed to do until that time.

Free to the public, EVELYN will be shown at 3:30pm on Sunday 1 December at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI). Doors will open at 3pm and a brief panel discussion will follow the screening.

For more information email

 Click here to see a trailer of  EVELYN 

EVELYN flyer

22 November 2019 Home Page, News

Free Health Screenings to the public to mark Diabetes and Chronic Lung Disease Awareness Month

Wednesday 6 November 2019:

November is Diabetes and Chronic Lung Disease Awareness month. To help educate the public on risk factors, how to manage the conditions and how to avoid developing them, Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Diabetes, Respiratory, Endocrine and Metabolism (DREAM) Centre will be providing free health screenings to the public.

On Wednesday 13 November from 10am-1pm, the Centre’s accredited diabetes and asthma education staff will provide the service in the main lobby of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s (KEMH) Acute Care Wing.

Blood sugar and blood pressure screenings provide important information on diabetes and hypertension. Lung function testing for smokers and former smokers over 40-years of age can help determine if Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has developed or is developing.

Attendees at the free event will also have their waist measured and can take advantage of free foot assessments.

In addition to conducting the screenings, staff will take time to explain the results of the screenings and advise participants on the follow up they should do.

BHB and DREAM Centre staff are committed to helping the public take control of their health. This includes educating on how to prevent disease and where chronic conditions have developed, advising how best to manage them.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to reducing your risk of developing a chronic condition. This includes regular exercise, sufficient sleep and eating healthily.

“We have programmes to help you manage your blood sugar through proper diet,” said DREAM Centre Manager Jane Hope. “Many people don’t realise what a healthy diet is. We can help and guide you step-by-step through the process. In this way you can put your entire family on the right path.”

“Don’t smoke. And if you do, quit,” said Asthma Nurse Educator Debbie Barboza. “The harmful effects of smoking can be devastating to your health and the health of those around you. Quitting improves your risk of developing many of these conditions.”

For more information on the free screenings and the DREAM Centre call 239-2027 or email For asthma and COPD related information email

DREAM Centre public screening flyer NOV2019

6 November 2019 Home Page, News