Friends of Hospice and BHB sign memorandum of understanding

11 July 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) and Friends of Hospice, the charity that has been supporting Bermuda’s only hospice Agape House for 25 years, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow Friends of Hospice to develop a new purpose-built hospice facility on the BHB-owned Harbour Vista site, situated at 25 Berry Hill Road, Paget.

Venetta Symonds, BHB CEO (seated) and Alison Soares, Friends of Hospice Chairman, sign the MOU

This Memorandum of Understanding allows Friends of Hospice to move forward with the development of the 1.23-acre site to build a hospice facility that will serve the Bermuda community for many years to come. The new site, situated on a hilltop adjacent to Kind Edward VII Memorial Hospital, will provide patients and their families with a peaceful and intimate setting with view of both Hamilton Harbour and Bermuda’s South Shore. The new facility will have 8 single patient rooms, each with access to an outdoor balcony, a central nursing station, as well as meeting rooms for families, a meditation room, all surrounded by beautiful and serene gardens.

Friends of Hospice chairman Alison Soares, said, “This is another exciting step towards creating a much-needed purpose-built new residential hospice facility for our Bermuda community. While our existing facility provides excellent care, the needs of the community have grown beyond what we can realistically and effectively provide in our existing facility, which is well over 100 years old in some parts. It is our vision that everyone deserves the right to compassion, dignity, respect and comfort in their final days and our plans for the new build will position us well to continue to provide the best hospice and palliative care for many years to come.

“There is still much work to be done before we start construction,” Ms Soares said, “but we are grateful to BHB for making it possible for us to move forward. While plans are already at an advanced stage, this allows us to complete plans with the architects, finalize costs and timelines and ultimately share all details with the community, which will be in the coming weeks.”

BHB CEO, Venetta Symonds, added: “We are very pleased to formally sign this MOU, which paves the way towards a new hospice building. Both BHB and Friends of Hospice staff working in partnership help ensure a wonderful and caring service to patients and their families. A purpose-built building provides opportunities to fully realize all the potential of this wonderful hospice service. We remain grateful to Friends of Hospice for their dedicated support and involvement over 25 years, and we are excited to move forward on this exciting project with them.”

Bermuda Hospitals Board owns and operates Agape House, which cares for patients with a broad range of serious and life-threatening illnesses, taking a holistic approach to patient care in line with international best practices. Friends of Hospice (Bermuda charity #391) is the charity providing financial support to Agape House, as well as specialized therapeutic programmes and services that are complementary to medical treatment, as well as meal services, and a number of other support services.

Additional details on Friends of Hospice’s plans for a new hospice facility – including architectural drawings and fundraising plans – will be forthcoming by end of summer.

11 July 2019 Home Page, News

Public Advisory: Traffic diversion at KEMH on Tuesday 25 June

24 June 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public of traffic diversions scheduled for Tuesday 25 June 2019 on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus. The diversions will affect both vehicular and pedestrian traffic from approximately 7am until 4:30pm.

To facilitate the removal of a well pump, a crane will be placed on the Acute Care Wing exit road outside the Emergency Department. The section of the Acute Care Wing exit road leading from the lobby and Emergency Department out onto Point Finger Road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

The following diversions will be in place on Tuesday 25 June. They are expected to be repeated later this week, on a day to be announced, in order to install the new pump.

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

Vehicle diversions

The main entryway to the KEMH Acute Care Wing lobby and Emergency Department from Point Finger Road will operate as a two-way road. Security guards will be in place to safely guide traffic.

Pedestrian diversions

There will be no pedestrian access to the walkway from the Emergency Department to Point Finger Road and the Acute Care Wing parking lot. Pedestrians will be diverted along the Point Finger Road sidewalk.

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

Diagram of KEMH traffic diversions – 25 June 2019

24 June 2019 Home Page, News

Bacardi Wins Bermuda Corporate Blood Drive Competition 2018/19 for the Third Time

Friday 14 June 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Ministry of Health today announced Bacardi as the winner of the 2018/19 Corporate Blood Drive as part of the celebrations of World Blood Donor Day. The revolving trophy and certificate were awarded to Bacardi by the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP, Minister of Health.

“We are very pleased to celebrate Bacardi, who have won the Corporate Blood Drive for the last three consecutive years,” says Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Haematologist at BHB. “It was a keen contest this year and I’d also like to recognise Butterfield & Vallis, Bermuda Police Service, Argo Ariel Re and Sunlife Financial. The staff of the companies worked together as a team to ensure the success of the friendly competition!”

Dr Fakunle says: “It is important to recognize all the competitors not just about the winner: it is the collective effort that makes a difference. We had a record number of 21 participating companies and this resulted in a record number of donations. If we total all the donations together, the competing companies contributed nearly a third of all blood donations made. We cannot emphasise enough that this competition is saving lives and we very much hope more businesses will consider joining. We would also like to thank the employers who might not be in the competition, but who still support their staff coming to donate.”

The competing companies this year were: Aon, Argo Ariel Re, Bacardi, Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Post Office, Butterfield Bank, Butterfield & Vallis, Chubb, Colonial Group, Deloitte, Department of Corrections, Fidelity, Hamilton Insurance Group, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Kiston Group of Companies, Lancashire Insurance, Marketplace, Marsh McLennan, Sunlife Financial, Validus and XL Catlin.

Dr Cheryl Peek-Ball, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, adds: “This is such an important competition, ensuring we can continue to care for people with conditions such cancer and sickle cell, and respond to patient needs in surgical and emergency situations. Thank you to all the competing companies and congratulations to Bacardi for their third win in a row! There is a lot of passion and dedication behind that winning streak. Finally, Bermuda’s appreciation must be extended to all the competing companies. Know that you are part of a collective that is saving lives every day.”

Companies who wish to join or find out more about the competition for 2019/20 should call the Blood Donor Centre at 236-5067, or email

14 June 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

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 and Johns Hopkins update on clinical affiliation

6 May 2019: Bermuda Hospitals Board today gave an update on activity of its clinical affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, which now includes a continuing medical education programme for physicians in Bermuda, a residency programme and service improvements in areas such as stroke and psychiatry.

Venetta Symonds, CEO, comments: “I’m excited that we are on this journey to improve on-island care for our families, friends and communities with them. It is BHB’s vision to deliver exceptional through strong partnerships and support a healthy community. We ran a robust and lengthy RFP process for our clinical affiliate and six highly acclaimed hospitals applied and went through extensive review. Johns Hopkins won not only due to their quality and status in the healthcare world, but their deep affinity to and understanding of Bermuda.”

Michael Richmond, Chief of Staff, Bermuda Hospitals Board, comments: “At the heart of the affiliation is access to quality education for physicians in the hospital and Bermuda. Our Continuing Medical Education programme is now accredited by one of the world’s best known and highly respected healthcare providers, and our first CME was held last night.

“We are working with Johns Hopkins as advisers in services we are seeking to improve. Stroke treatment and rehabilitation, for example, is a key focus. We have four to five stroke cases come to the hospital per week. We want to ensure we are giving every stroke patient the best possible chance at full recovery, and also identifying people at risk even earlier to try and prevent one altogether. We are also looking at psychiatry for opportunities to improve and find more effective ways to structure and deliver our services. We look forward to keeping the community updated on all our improvements and especially how our affiliation with Johns Hopkins is improving care for all our community.”

Dr Mohan Chellappa, Executive Vice President and President, Global Ventures, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, comments: “We are honored to contribute to the Bermudian health care journey. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and patient care. And the unique community of Bermuda holds a special place in our hearts at Johns Hopkins.

“We are delighted to now take our commitment a step further, through our clinical affiliation agreement with Bermuda Hospitals Board. We will support BHB staff with education and training, and together, we’re now in the process of establishing a primary stoke centre and preparing for accreditation in the area of acute stroke care in 2021. Our affiliation also includes a programme for Johns Hopkins residents—medical doctors who have graduated from an accredited medical school and are completing additional specialist training at Johns Hopkins. Our residents will complete four-week rotations to Bermuda to perform short-term clinical and quality improvement projects. Our clinical affiliation with Bermuda Hospitals Board is an important part of Johns Hopkins’ vision to enhance health care around the world, by sharing our latest clinical advances and research findings in a way that contributes to local health care needs and goals, for many years to come.”

7 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