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College students tour BHB solar panel installation

Friday 12 March 2021: Six Bermuda College students enrolled in the Applied Science and Technology programme toured the solar thermal panel installation at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in February. Accompanied by their technical sciences lecturer, engineer Joseph Weeks, the students, all male, were shown the control room and the solar thermal panels on the roof of the Acute Care Wing. The tour was led by the Acute Care Wing facility manager, who provided detailed information on how the system works and how the panels are secured.

“The tour provided the students with a first-hand look at the practical application of what they learn in the classroom,” said Mr Weeks. “It’s important for their development to be able to perform in the real world. I thank Bermuda Hospitals Board for accommodating us particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

12 March 2021 Home Page, News

Caring for the Caregiver donates to BHB nursing staff

Tuesday 9 March 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) nurses and nursing aides on the Ace Barber Unit received gift boxes from two local students this month.

Alaiyah Hayward from Bermuda College and Jezhari Talbot from Berkeley Institute made the donation from their newly formed charity – Caring for the Caregivers (CFTC).

“CFTC’s purpose is to support our essential workers while also contributing to our local economy, by creating self-care baskets for workers with items sourced from local businesses,” the duo said in an email to BHB.

The email continued: “We have chosen to donate boxes to essential workers at your place of employment. We are looking forward to your reply to this email so we can organize how we can distribute them. We are truly thankful for what you have done for our country!”

When contacted, Ms Hayward and Ms Talbot said they wanted the gifts to be given to nurses on the Ace Barber Unit as this is the ward where the majority of patients who test positive for COVID-19 are admitted, unless they require ICU treatment.

On Monday 1 March, Ms Hayward presented 15 boxes at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital to BHB Chief of Nursing Judy Richardson, Clinical Director Medical/Surgical Services Karen Raynor and Ace Barber Clinical Resource Nurse Dunae Richards.

“This is such a thoughtful gesture from Ms Hayward and Ms Talbot,” said Ms Richardson. “We truly appreciate the gifts and I’m sure our nurses will love them. They are beautifully packaged, demonstrating the care their charity is all about.”

“The nurses and nursing aides were excited with their gifts,” said Ms Richards. “They were unexpected and welcomed. It completely brightened the day of the 15 recipients.”

Each box contained a mixture of items sourced from local vendors, including Coco Aroma, MarketPlace, Royalty Rootz, Esso, Quench Bermuda, Salt+Cedar, Naked Zero, Ahmani’s Cookie Company and ESC Limited.

The gift boxes were made possible through donations from Chubb and Validus Re.

Pictured Above: Judy Richardson, Chief of Nursing; nurse Carolann Tacklyn; Karen Raynor, Clinical Director Medical and Surgical Services; Alaiyah Hayward, Caring For the Caregiver; Dunae Richards, Clinical Resource Manager, Ace Barber; and nursing assistant Elizabeth Dore

 

9 March 2021 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January 2021

Wednesday 3 March 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) road traffic accident statistics for the month of January 2021 show that 96 cases were seen in the Emergency Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre. Three of the 96 required admission to ICU and 14 to other acute care wards. One minor, a 16 year old, was among the 14 admitted to general wards.

You can download a copy of January’s statistics below.

BHB RTA stats for the period 1 Jan 2021 -31 Jan 2021

2020 BHB Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 31 December

2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2018 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2017 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

2016 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

 

3 March 2021 Home Page, News

BHB Food Services team completes nutrition course

Wednesday 24 February 2021: Seventeen members of the Food Services team at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) completed a 16-week nutrition course this month. The sessions were led by registered dietitian Arlene MacGuinness, owner of ANEW – Applied Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness.

ANEW is registered as an advanced facility with the Bermuda Health Council’s Provider Advantage Programme.

“The Food Services leadership team and all the cooks took the course,” said BHB Food Services Manager Norman Gardener. “The presenter was engaging and it was good to have our team’s nutrition knowledge refreshed.”

Although already trained in nutrition, BHB Executive Chef Thomas Frost said: “The course was beneficial in that it brought the whole team together where we could pause and focus on how we can improve our service, both to patients and to staff.”

“Focusing on nutrition fuels the excitement I already have about cooking and creating meals,” said Sivakumar Senthamaraikannan, cook for 7 Point Café, the staff cafeteria at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH). “I thank management for recognising the need for this type of culinary and nutritional training, and I am looking forward to forging a greater relationship with the dietitians.”

“Knowing I play a part in the health of staff and patients who eat what I prepare motivates me to do my best,” said cook Romey McDonald. “To know what’s nutritious and how to retain the nutrition in those items so that they can benefit those who consume it is important.”

Assistant Food Services Manager Nathalie Barnett-Dill said: “This focus on training is a part of Food Services’ mandate to ensure our team stays current with opportunities that are available in the ever-evolving food industry.”

Deputy CEO R Scott Pearman said: “On behalf of the management team, I congratulate the Food Services team for investing in measures to ensure our patient and staff meals have the appropriate nutritional balance, taste and quality presentation. With the vast array of dietary restrictions our inpatients have to adhere to, the job of our Food Services staff can be challenging, but they are dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for all our patients.”

The culinary training course included the following:

Session 1: The Power of Food

Session 2: Nutrition Standards and Tools

Session 3: Carbohydrates

Session 4: Fats and Oils

Session 5: Proteins

Session 6: Vitamins, Minerals and Phytochemicals

Session 7: Planning Healthful Menus

Session 8: The Flavour Factor

Session 9: Healthful Cooking Techniques

Session 10: Communicating Nutrition Messages

Topic 11: Food for Healthful Living

Topic 12: Serving Guests with Special Health Needs

24 February 2021 Home Page, News

A Career in Healthcare Science

February 2021: Due to Covid-19, students are considering a choice of a career in healthcare from a new perspective

Over the past year we have seen the importance of scientists and laboratory technologists as we continue to learn more about COVID-19;how to detect it and most importantly, the creation of a vaccine to fight the spread.

A career in the lab can range from a laboratory technician to a medical technologist that can specialise in bio-chemistry, histology or microbiology.

STEM education is where it starts – a curriculum based on educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators…

To read the full article in Your Future Magazine February 2021 click here and go to page 26.

11 February 2021 Media

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January-December 2020

Thursday 28 January 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board statistics for the year 2020 are now available and show the following:

  • 1,173 cases were seen in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre
  • 152 had to be admitted for their injuries, 16 of them to the Intensive Care Unit
  • 2 were discharged to overseas facilities for further treatment
  • 18 were tourists
  • 7 were under the age of 18

2020 BHB Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 31 December

2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2018 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2017 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

2016 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31 December 2016

28 January 2021 Home Page, News

BHB pilots thermal detectors at its entrances

Friday 15 January 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is the first company on island to use thermal detection monitors at its entrances. Three monitors have been in use since Christmas Eve in a pilot of the devices. Two Bermudian companies provided monitors from two different manufacturers for the project.

They are located at entrances to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Acute Care Wing main lobby and Emergency Department. and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute’s main entrance.

The stand-alone machines have thermal sensors that detect your body temperature. You simply stand in front of the device and it advises you exactly what to do.

Specifically designed to address concerns with the spread COVID-19, the monitors will advise you to wear a mask if you don’t have one on, or if it does not cover your nose and mouth. If your temperature is too high, a recording announces that your access is denied and a red light flashes. If you are wearing a mask and you do not have a fever, the monitor will display your temperature on the screen and sound a message that giving you permission to enter.

“We’ve had a great response from staff and the public since we’ve introduced the thermal detection monitors,” says BHB Security and Fire Officer Earlene Wilkinson. “People appreciate the move away from the personal contact involved in manual temperature taking.

“Both brands are compatible with our access control doors and so we will have the ability to programme the entrance doors not to open automatically if you are not masked or if your temperature is too high.”

BHB has protocols in place to manage persons who are denied access. Emergency staff wearing protective equipment will attend to those who were trying to go to the Emergency Department. Those attempting to access other services will be advised to contact their physician.

The pilot will run until the end of January.

15 January 2021 Home Page, News

BHB gives mental health the green light

Sunday 13 December 2020: Green is synonymous with Christmas, but it’s also the colour chosen internationally to denote mental health. This holiday season the management and staff of the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are shedding light on the importance of good mental health.

On Monday 14 December, Preston Swan, Vice President of Clinical Operations, MWI, will flick the switch at sister hospital King Edward VII Memorial Hospital lighting the outside of that facility green.

“The theme for mental health this year is kindness, and in this season of giving we want to remind the public that simply being kind to someone can have a positive impact on their mental health,” said BHB Chief of Psychiatry Chantelle Simmons.

“As we experience increasing numbers of COVID positive cases in the community, stress levels are likely rising, and feelings of sadness or anxiety may emerge. These are normal reactions during this unprecedented period. Being kind in this climate can be comforting, uplifting and help to boost our mood,” she continued.

“When you see the green lighting on the hospital in the December night, we would like you to pause and take stock of your mental health,” said Mr Swan. “Think kindness – being kind to yourself and to others. It need not cost money. Enjoy the beauty around you and share your thoughts with others.”

“If you are feeling overwhelmed please reach out to a professional who can help –seeking support is not a sign of weakness,” said BHB Deputy Chief of Psychiatry Anna Neilson-Williams. “You are not alone. We encourage you to contact MWI, your GP or one of the range of mental health professionals available within our community.”

If you need mental health assistance, please call the MWI Acute Community Health Service at 249-3432. For serious mental health crisis at any time of the day or night, call 239-1111.

13 December 2020 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for 1 January to 30 September 2020

Tuesday 8 December 2020: In September 2020, 128 cases were seen in Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency departments at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre. Sixteen people were admitted to acute care units, including one to the Intensive Care Unit and a minor (17 years old) to the children’s ward. None of the 128 cases seen required overseas care. Two were tourists.

Interested in comparing the figures? Download the annual stats from previous years from the list below.

2020 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January -30 Sep2020

2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2018 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2017 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

2016 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31 December 2016

8 December 2020 Home Page, News

BHB celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

Wednesday 25 November 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) will celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday 3 December 2020 with a motorcade from the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI), through Hamilton.

Recognising this year’s theme “not all disabilities are visible”, the organising committee sought to have an event where those with disabilities were purposefully made visible.

“The planning committee of department employees and family representative decided on a motorcade where our clients with intellectual disabilities will be chauffeured along a route where members of the public can wave, cheer and toot in support. We want participants to know we appreciate them and see them as important members of our community,” said MWI Clinical Director of Intellectual Disabilities Morrisa Rogers.

Clients will help decorate the 10 vehicles they will travel in. Police will escort the procession along the route. The motorcade will depart New Dimensions at MWI at 10:30am, travel down Hermitage Road to Middle Road along Barker’s Hill and Palmetto Road, stopping at Dame Marjorie Hope Academy. It will then proceed to K Margaret Carter Centre, along Happy Valley Road, down King Street to Reid Street, up Queen Street and onto Church Street, passing City Hall and stopping at Aging & Disability Services. The motorcade will then travel to Dellwood Middle School, along Parson’s Road, Montpelier Road, down Corkscrew Hill onto Point Finger Road, South Road and back to MWI.

Minister of Social Development and Seniors the Honorable Tinee Furbert JP MP will start the procession.

“Our clients are looking forward to this event,” said Ms Rogers, “I really encourage members of the public to come out and show their support on Thursday 3 December.”

25 November 2020 News