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MWI Services and Mental Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday 3 April 2020: The statement below was given at the Premier’s Press Conference on Friday 3 April by BHB Clinical Psychologist Dr Cherita Rayner.

In an effort to continue to provide appropriate mental health services and limit client presence on the MWI campus, services are being offered in modified ways:

Adult Mental Health

  • MWI is providing individual appointments through telemedicine which may include telephone communication or conducting home visits as appropriate.
  • MWI will be providing clients’ medications via home visits or medisets to limit the need to come to the MWI campus.
    • Teams are going into the community every day; teams are split into an East Team, Central Team and a West Team
    • Medication is also being delivered to clients who call the Acute Community Mental Health Services
  • In a mental health emergency, please contact the crisis line at 239-1111 and you will be given direction.
  • If clients have other concerns please contact Acute Mental Health Services – 249-3432 this is the Clinic Triage Nurse with extended hours of 8am-8pm during the COVID season.
  • The After Hours Resource line is 249-3258.
  • MWI clients who are in the emergency shelter will also have the benefit of staff administering their medications as needed
  • Trained nursing staff, community support workers, and addiction counsellors are being rotated to the shelter to ensure continuity of services and to provide support

Child & Adolescent Service

  • Clients receiving child or adolescent outpatient services are receiving telehealth via numerous platforms.
    • A community support line has been established for children and parents. CAS Community hotline – 249-3370
    • If you have an emergency, please call the CAS main line Mondays to Friday, 9am-5pm. The CAS main line is 239-6344
    • Please call the MWI crisis line after 5pm at 239-1111
    • There remains a team on site to address any emergencies

Turning Point

  • Counsellors remain in regular contact with clients via telephone.
  • Our on-call counsellor remains available for our clients’ needs after hours.
  • New referrals for intake are being triaged via telephone interviews. Please call 239-2038 if an intake appointment is needed.
  • Client medication needs have been addressed

Managing  Your Mental Wellness

  • During times of national emergency, people can experience various levels of mental health concern.
    • General stress, increased anxiety, increased depression, which can lead to increased substance use.
  • As we are now facing the need to shelter at home to protect tour community, we need to be more aware of our emotional response.
  • There are simple steps that we can all take to emotional wellness during this time.
    • Maintain positive social connections with family and friends. Telephone, Skype, Whats App, video and Zoom are excellent ways to feel connected.
    • Try to avoid situations that cause added stress.
    • Structure your day. Change out of your PJ’s; set up a dedicated work space; maintain a “knock off time” if working from home.
    • Remind yourself that this period of isolation is temporary.
    • Stay connected to accurate and reliable information to assist in reducing anxiety.
    • Take breaks from the news and social media.
    • If sheltering with family plan fun activities; create a roster to complete household chores; try to have time to yourselves.
  • Monitor your emotional health and reach out for support as needed
3 April 2020 Home Page, News

BHB and partners make COVID-19 self-assessment tool available to all

Wednesday 1 April 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Emergency Department, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Chief Medical Officer and the island’s primary care providers, has created an easy-to-follow one-page self-assessment guide for members of the community who are concerned they may be infected with COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Patient Symptom Check List and Self-Assessment assigns a score from 1-3 to each COVID-19 symptom. Mild symptoms have low scores while severe symptoms carry a score of 3. Persons tally their scores to determine if they need to call their physician.

“We developed the COVID-19 self-assessment as tool to better manage the needs of our community,” said Chikezie Dean Okereke, MD, BHB Chief Emergency and Hyperbaric Services.

“Providing the public with a guide that eliminates the guesswork on what to do and when to take action, can be instrumental in saving lives and keeping the public informed.”

The checklist is available for download below and from the Resource Material section on the Government website www.gov.bm/coronavirus.

COVID-19 Patient Symptom Check List and Self Assessment 01Apr2020

A YouTube video explaining the Covid-19 Patient Symptom Checklist Self-Assessment is also available below.

 

 

1 April 2020 Home Page, News

Road closure and traffic interruptions on Tuesday 24 March at KEMH

Sunday 22 March 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public of a temporary road closure scheduled for Tuesday 24 March 2020 on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus. The closure will affect both vehicular and pedestrian through traffic from approximately 6pm until midnight.

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 Tuesday.

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 midnight.

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 remain 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.

22 March 2020 Home Page, News

BHB Public Advisory: Donating blood and COVID-19

Wednesday 18 March 2020: The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is accepting blood donations and encourages members of the public, who can, to donate.

Some restrictions have been added due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Persons should not donate if, in the 28 days before they donate, they have:

  • Travelled to an area with an outbreak of COVID-19
  • Lived with an individual(s) diagnosed with or suspected of being infected with COVID-19

Anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is not allowed to donate until 56 days after they have made a full recovery from the illness.

Donating blood in Bermuda continues to be safe. Our robust cleaning and infection-control practices protect all donors, staff and volunteers. We carefully screen all prospective donors for any symptoms of illness, including very mild ones. This is done during both appointment booking and on arrival at the donor centre. Those with any symptoms are not allowed to donate blood.

Our screening measures are evolving in line with public health recommendations and the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you want to donate and have recently traveled outside of Bermuda please call 236 5067 to determine your eligibility and book an appointment.

We encourage the public to share the flyer below.

It’s safe to donate- flyer Mar 2020

18 March 2020 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January-February 2020

Thursday 11 March 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for the period 1 January – 29 February 2020, shows the following:

  • 87 cases were seen in the Emergency Department (including the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre)  due to road traffic accidents
  • 9 people required admission to an acute ward
  • 2 minors were admitted to an acute ward
  • 2 of the cases seen in Emergency were tourists

You can download a pdf of the statistics by clicking the links below.

2020 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31 January

2020 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January -29 February

12 March 2020 Home Page, News

Traffic disruptions at KEMH campus on Monday and Tuesday

Friday 6 March 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public that there will be no through traffic between Point Finger Road and Berry Hill Road on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus from 6am to 11am on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 March 2020.

A crane and flatbed will be stationed outside the old emergency to facilitate removal of an old and installation of a new air-handling unit.

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.

All KEMH parking lots will be accessible – the Acute Care Wing and Agape House from Point Finger Road and the General Wing from Berry Hill Road.

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

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

6 March 2020 Home Page, News

Apply for a Bermuda Hospitals Board position from your mobile phone

Tuesday 3 March 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has upgraded its job application software. The move makes applying for a BHB position easy even from your mobile phone. All job vacancies for BHB positions can be found by clicking the Work at BHB section on www.bermudahospitals.bm. Interested applicants must apply directly on the site.

The upgrade makes the application fully accessible on mobile devices and allows applicants to upload their resumes and certifications to their application.

“We are pleased to offer these expanded application capabilities, to the community,” said Ilethea Simmons, BHB Human Resources Recruiter. At BHB it’s our mission to provide safe, high quality people-centred, compassionate care to the community every single day. Improving our application software will help us attract the best candidates to join our team – to fullfil our common aim.”

3 March 2020 Home Page, News

A Technical Career in Healthcare

From Your Future 2020 magazine:

Bermudian students with an interest in the trades have an opportunity to grow with the Bermuda Hospitals Board in the Facilities Department

A career in the healthcare industry is not limited to the doctors and nurses that you see on the front line working to ensure you have quality care.  Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has a dedicated team that work tirelessly in the background to ensure the highest standards of healthcare are afforded to our community.

If you have an interest in the trades and in technology, BHB’s facilities team could be a great career choice for you.  Although the hard working individuals in this department are behind the scenes, their work has a significant impact on patient care.  Careers in the facilities department range from masons and plumbers to facilities managers and engineers.

The facilities team is responsible for maintaining King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre.

Special Equipment Technician, Damien Ingemann, is a great example of career possibilities at BHB. Damien began his career in March 2010 in the Environmental Services Department and then transferred to the Facilities Department later that year. …

Read the full article on page 24 of Your Future magazine 2020 http://bermudamedia.bm/yourfuture

Published online February 2020

To publish in print March 2020

18 February 2020 Media

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January 2020

Tuesday 18 February 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for the month of January are available in the table above and reveal the following in relation to road traffic accidents:

Updated Thursday 12 March: 112 cases were seen in the Emergency Department (including the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre)

  • 111 cases were seen in the Emergency Department at  King Edward VII Memorial Hospital
  • 1 person was admitted to ICU
  • 18 people were admitted to acute units (not ICU)
  • one 16-year old was admitted
  • one tourist was seen in the Emergency Department

Click the links below for pdf reports you can download.

2020 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31 January
2019 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics December

18 February 2020 Home Page, News

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