Bermuda Hospitals Board announces Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 30 June 2018

11 July 2018: Eighteen tourists were involved in road traffic accidents that required medical attention last month. Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for June show that 190 people attended the Emergency Department for treatment following road traffic accidents and that 18 of them were tourists.  The statistics to the end of June this year show the following:

839 victims required the Emergency Department (51 were tourists)

63 victims were admitted to the Acute Care Wing

9 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit

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

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

RTA posters to June2018

11 July 2018 Home Page, News

Scholarship and Training Once More Receive BHCT Support

11 July 2018:

Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust (BHCT) and Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announce a second $350,000 donation to support scholarships and staff training at BHB. Also announced today are the winners of the nine BHB scholarships in 2018 funded by BHCT and a scholarship funded by GlaxoSmithKline that BHB administers.

In 2017, the BHCT made the same donation, which allowed BHB to introduce new scholarships for mental health nursing, finance and, in memory of BHB nurse, Dashunte Furbert, scholarships for students studying nursing at the Bermuda College.  The remainder of the donation supported training for over 140 BHB staff.

Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director, Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust, comments: “BHCT is very pleased to once more support training and education at BHB. This is an important area our donors have said they want to support.  It helps support and encourage future generations of Bermudian healthcare workers through the scholarships and improve care today through educating and training current staff.”

Venetta Symonds, Chief Executive Officer, BHB comments: “Thank you BHCT donors for your support of our scholarship and training programme.  This generous donation allows us to maintain critical scholarships and staff training, as BHB seeks to improve and maintain its services and facilities. This is truly welcome support that makes a difference today and in the future.”

 

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

  • Samantha Crockwell

Studying Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Worcester

$10,000 for one year

  • Curlena Smith (Mental Health Nursing Scholarship)

Studying Nursing (Mental Health) at the University of Northampton

$40,000 per year for two years

  • Jashae Allen-Lamontagne (Dashunte Furbert Scholarship)

Studying Nursing at Bermuda College

$5,000 for one year

  • Odile Baker

Studying Nursing at Baltimore City Community College

$10,000 for one year

  • Donnika Bean

Studying Nursing at Elmhurst College

$10,000 per  year for two  years

  • Dasha Caines

Studying Nursing at Oakwood University

$10,000 per year for two years

  • Jennifer Ross

Studying Nursing at Georgia State University

$10,000 per year for two years

  • Britney Robinson (GlaxoSmithKline Scholarship)

Studying Health Sciences (Pharmacology) at Nova Southeastern University

$15,000 per year for two years

  • Brieanna Samuels

Studying Finance (Business) at the University of West of England

$5,000 for one year

  • Antoinae Durrant

Studying Finance (Business) at Nottingham Trent University

$10,000 for one year

In the picture are scholarship winners, with BHB staff and representatives from the BHCT and GlaxoSmithKline.

11 July 2018 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board announces Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 31 May 2018

4 July 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics show a marked increase in Emergency Department (ED) visits in May. It appears the increase is due to increased numbers of tourists on motorbikes. A total of 159 people were seen in the ED in May – 22 of them were tourists. In April 135 people attended ED – 8 were tourists. In January and March the totals were 115 and 134 with only one tourist seen each month. In February no tourists were seen in the ED for road traffic accidents but 106 residents attended.  Our statistics for the period 1 January 2018- 31 May 2018, show the following:

649 victims required the Emergency Department (32 were tourists)

47 victims were admitted to the Acute Care Wing

6 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit

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

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

 

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BHB 2018 RTA posters to 31May

4 July 2018 Home Page, News

New Chief of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services announced

Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke, Chief of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services27 June 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces the appointment of Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke as Chief of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services, effective Monday 2 July 2018, on a three-year contract. He replaces Dr Edward Schultz, who has retired from BHB.

Dr Okereke has been employed in the Emergency Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital since August 2016. After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nigeria College of Medicine, Dr Okereke completed postgraduate medical training in the UK, obtaining a Fellowship in Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. He has also completed a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Leeds.

Prior to joining BHB, Dr Okereke worked as a substantive consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust in the UK for over 16 years. During this period, he held a number of senior medical leadership and training positions within the Trust, the West Yorkshire region and nationally. His main interests are in medical education and training, trauma and critical care. He is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the British Medical Association, and regularly examines for the College of Emergency Medicine.

Dr Michael Richmond, BHB Chief of Staff, comments: “We are very pleased to announce Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke as the new Chief of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services. We are grateful to Dr Schultz, not only for his long service at BHB, but for continuing in position until this transition could take place. Dr Schultz will be missed by the community and staff and we wish him the very best for the future.

“We now look forward to Dr Okereke providing clinical leadership in ED and Hyperbaric Services to continue improving this busy service at the frontline of care, as we evolve to meet the complex demands of an aging, increasingly unwell population.”

27 June 2018 Home Page, News

Therapeutic garden for youth with mental health challenges gets $8,000 boost

25 June 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust (BHCT) and Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announce an $8,000 donation to develop a therapeutic garden for Child & Adolescent Services (CAS) in its location at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

BHCT Executive Director Lisa Sheppard says: “BHCT is very happy to fund the creation of a therapeutic garden for the service users at CAS. We are looking forward to seeing the development of the service to include this type of therapeutic approach. Young people who have challenges need this kind of creative and natural space, and having it available for them at CAS will be a wonderful enhancement of what is already a wonderful service doing amazing work for our youth.”

Jascinth Albouy-Onyia, Assistant Director Mental Health Services, comments: “This wonderful donation will help us create an intimate space where individuals can be immersed in scents, textures and colours. In the garden we will have items such as wind chimes and children’s art, providing both creative and educational opportunities for our service users, both able-bodied and individuals with physical challenges. It will add to the repertoire of interventions available when working with young people with major challenges and psychiatric diagnoses, and those with sensory processing difficulties.

“The sensory features of a therapeutic garden help individuals with natural ‘cues’ to interpret, better use and connect to their environment. The design we envision will be multi-sensory, with taste, touch, smell, sound and visual elements to provide a positive and rewarding experience for service users of our inpatient, outpatient, day programme services, and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic. We are very grateful for this donation which makes this garden possible.”

In the photo above, standing in the area that will be turned into the therapeutic garden, from left to right: R Scott Pearman, Chief Operating Officer, BHB; Preston Swan, Vice President, Clinical Operations, BHB; Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director, BHCT; Ashley Simons-Crane, Clinical Assistant, CAS; and Vikita Basden, Social Worker, CAS.

25 June 2018 Home Page, News

Bacardi wins Bermuda Corporate Blood Drive – again!

14 June 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Ministry of Health today reveal Bacardi Limited as the winner of Bermuda’s Corporate Blood Drive Competition 2018, as part of the celebration of World Blood Donor Day. This is the second time in successive years Bacardi has won the competition. In second place was Butterfield & Vallis and in third, Hamilton Re Group.

In its sixth year, the Corporate Blood Donor Drive encouraged 484 whole blood and apheresis donations in total from all competing companies in 2018. That is 14% more than in the 2017 competition and the highest number of donations in any previous year of the competition. It represents about a quarter of all donations over the year.

The Hon Kim Wilson, JP MP, Minister of Health, comments: “Congratulations to Bacardi and thank you to all the competing companies! The Ministry is proud to partner with the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre and BHB for this competition. It’s a great way to encourage blood donations and there is no better return on investment for a company’s community giving than saving lives. Thank you to all the support from our local companies to encourage and support those donating.”

The 18 competing companies were: Argo, Argus, Bacardi Ltd, Bank of NT Butterfield, Bermuda Police Service, BF&M, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Butterfield & Vallis, Department of Corrections, Department of Customs, Department of Health, Fidelity, Hamilton Re Group, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Kitson Group of Companies, Lancashire Insurance Company Ltd, SunLife Financial International and Zurich Bermuda.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, BHB’s consultant haematologist, comments: “It’s two years in a row for Bacardi and the competition was on fire this year! What great competitors we had. While someone has to win, every donation counts and all our competing companies have saved lives. Every person who donates is there in someone else’s hour of need – they are unsung and anonymous heroes for countless people in Bermuda. It is with gratitude as well as congratulations that we thank the competitors.”

Lisa Frias, Manager, Global Finance, Bacardi Limited, adds: “We are excited to have won for a second consecutive year, our second year of participating in the Corporate Blood Drive. Our staff, their families and friends, and even a few of our consultants, responded well, showing the caring that our company is known for. While we’re happy to have won the trophy, we realise it is a competition in which no one loses. We’re proud to have contributed along with all the other Corporate Blood Drive participants to providing for a record number of donations in the competition.”

14 June 2018 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board announces Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 30 April 2018

07 June 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic statistics for the period 1 January 2018 – 30 April 2018, shows the following:

490 victims required the Emergency Department

36 victims were admitted to the Acute Care Wing

5 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit

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

3 victims were discharged to overseas medical facilities, following road traffic accidents.

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BHB RTA posters Apr2018

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7 June 2018 Home Page, News

Celebrating Bermuda’s “50 Club” Blood Donors

17 May 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board today thanks Peter Barrett for his kind donation of a plaque that lists the names of current Bermuda donors who have made 50 or more blood or apheresis donations. The plaque donation is in honour of his father, Leslie Barrett.

Installed in the entry hallway of the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre on the first floor of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, the plaque lists over 100 names. There is a lot of space for future names, so people are also being encouraged to start and keep giving regularly.

Lucy Correia, Blood Donor Centre Nurse Phlebotomist, comments: “We are very grateful to Peter Barrett for the gift in honour of his father and excited to be able to recognize the people in Bermuda who have achieved 50 or more blood or apheresis donations. Only our most dedicated donors reach this target and we hope more will be encouraged to do so.  If someone donated blood every two months (the minimum time between donations), it would takes over eight years to reach 50 donations! It is a real commitment to caring for the community.”

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle,  Consultant  Haematologist, adds: “It is wonderful to honour the people in our community who regularly donate blood to save lives and treat challenging conditions like cancer and sickle cell anaemia.  As each pint of donated blood can help up to three people, each donor on this plaque could have each helped up to 150 people in Bermuda.  That’s a wonderful legacy and we hope more people are encouraged to get their name on the 50 Donations plaque. If you haven’t donated in a while, or are building up courage to come for the first time, we would love to hear from you at 236-5067, or blooddonor@bhb.bm.”

Pictured above are members of ‘The 50 Club’, Betsie Blooddrop (left) and Mr Peter Barrett (holding the plaque on the right).

17 May 2018 Home Page, News

American Society of Bermuda donate to Bermuda Hospitals Board’s Long Term Care service

4 May 2018: Residents of Long Term Care at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) will be able to enjoy some activities outside in the coming months thanks in large part to a donation from the American Society of Bermuda. Club president Ellie Najac said the Society, comprised of US citizens who live in Bermuda, make donations quarterly to various groups on the island.

“Our focus is on seniors and children,” said Ms Najac. “This is our second donation this year, earlier we gave to Age Concern.”

A tent was in the gift pack donated on Friday 20 April by members of the Society at KEMH. Activities coordinator Capri Smith said the tent will allow her to move some activities outdoors in the coming months, as it will provide much needed shade for the senior participants.

“We asked what was needed and then went shopping,” said Ms Najac. “We’ve donated a 12ftX12ft tent, a glue gun with accessories, construction paper, crayons and games. I also added a large box of chocolates.”

“We truly appreciate the donation by the American Society of Bermuda,” said BHB Clinical Director of Long Term Care Granville Russell. “It’s the thoughtfulness of groups and individuals like Ms Najac, Ms Smith and Ms Stovell, that allow us to continue to provide engaging activities for our residents helping to improve their quality of life even in their twilight years.”

At 105, Louise Franks, the oldest resident , was on hand at the presentation. She regularly enjoys participating in arranged activities.

 

Pictured from left are: BHB Clinical Director Long Term Care, Granville Russell; American Society of Bermuda members Jane Smith, Tina Stovell and Ellie Najac, BHB Long Term Care Activities Coordinator Capri Smith. In front: BHB Long Term Care residents Dorothy Pearman, Louise Franks and Dorothy Cann.

 

4 May 2018 Home Page, News

BHB announces road traffic accident statistics for 1 January to 31 March 2018

11 April 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic statistics for the period 1 January 2018- 31 March 2018, shows the following:

355 victims required the Emergency Department

24 victims were admitted to the Acute Care Wing

5 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit

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

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

11 April 2018 Home Page, News