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Bermuda Hospitals Board launches island-wide asthma campaign

19 September 2017: The blue quick-reliever asthma inhaler Salbutamol is being featured on the back of 23 public buses and in ads in The Royal Gazette online as part of Bermuda Hospitals Board’s (BHB) island-wide asthma awareness campaign. September is back-to-school season and as such sees one of the largest spikes in asthma attacks, especially in children, in Bermuda.

BHB Asthma Nurse Educator Debbie Barboza said cold and flu viruses and the change in seasons bring an increase in uncontrolled asthma for adults as well. To manage their condition, many asthmatics use their blue quick-reliever daily.

“The blue inhaler should most definitely be used if there is difficulty breathing,” said Ms Barboza. “The problem is that many people with asthma use the reliever inhalers regularly, sometimes even daily! One quick-reliever inhaler should last a year if your asthma is well controlled.

“The back-of-the-bus message is aimed at these people, letting them know there is a better option and that using the reliever inhaler more than twice is week is not the best way to manage their condition. They should be using a preventer inhaler to control their asthma symptoms.”

The island-wide campaign will run for a year, changing midway, to drive greater awareness on the ability asthmatics have to take control of their condition.

Last year asthma attacks accounted for just over six percent of all visits to the Emergency Department (1,871 asthma cases out of 30,982 total Emergency Department visits from April 2015 to March 2016).

“Every asthmatic should have an action plan. I am here to help each person create theirs,” said Ms Barboza.

Contact information for the BHB asthma nurse is included in both the online and back-of-the-bus ads. BHB encourages members of the public to contact Ms Barboza at 239-2027 or asthma.centre@bhb.bm. Consultations are covered under the standard hospital benefit.

Asthma Campaign mini promotion

Asthma Nurse Debbie Barboza

Take your photo with the BHB asthma campaign on the back of any bus displaying the ad, email it to asthma.centre@bhb.bm, and we’ll run it on the BHB Facebook page and give you a prize. The promotion ends Thursday 28 September 2017.

19 September 2017 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board Disaster Specialist Deployed to British Virgin Islands

15 September 2017: The Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) requested the assistance of Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Director of Emergency and Hyperbaric Services Roslyn Bascombe-Adams in hurricane relief efforts in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Dr Bascombe-Adams is a member of the Regional Emergency Medical Team of PAHO  and a certified PAHO Disaster Instructor. She is also chairperson of BHB’s Disaster Management and Response Committee, represents the hospital on the Emergency Measures Organisation and leads the PAHO Mass Casualty Management System training course for first responders in Bermuda.

“We received an urgent request from PAHO to release Dr Bascombe-Adams from her duties at BHB to enable her to help recovery efforts in Tortola following the recent hurricanes,” said BHB CEO Venetta Symonds.

“We recognise that Dr Bascombe-Adams is a leading physician in the area of disaster management particularly in our region,” she added. “We know the value of her expertise and the calm clarity she will bring to the relief work. We are proud to have her help the Government and people of BVI.”

Dr Bascombe-Adams is now on a two-week deployment as part of the PAHO/WHO Regional Emergency Medical Team in BVI.

15 September 2017 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board has two certified dementia trainers

14 September 2017: Patients living with dementia will benefit from new training that Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) clinical staff can now receive. BHB today announces that two of its clinical nurse educators are now certified Dementia Independent Trainers.

Teepa Snow is internationally well respected as a leading educator on dementia.  She has developed a technique called the Positive Approach to Care (PAC), which gives practical instruction on how best to care for those living with dementia.

The trainer certification had two components:

1) a two-day workshop which included information on the PAC philosophy, dementia awareness, how adults learn through their experiences, in addition to practical skills development. These practical skills included training in some of Ms Snow’s unique techniques, including Positive Physical Approach and Hand-under-Hand technique.

2) Eight weeks after the first component, a demonstration of correct practical application by conducting two workshops using PAC techniques.

BHB Clinical Nurse Educators Tamra Broadley and Marina Cann attended the two-day course in Duluth, Georgia, and recently received certification as PAC Certified Independent Trainers. BHB has now been able to add the Positive Approach to Care to its training schedule for clinical staff.

“Bringing the latest evidenced-based approaches to care helps us improve our service to patients and the community,” said Nursing Staff Development Manager Synda Cook Roberts.

“In providing this training to staff, Marina and I actually feel that we are living BHB’s mission to deliver safe, high-quality, people-centred, compassionate care, every day,” said Ms Broadley.

BHB Clinical Director of Continuing Care Services Granville Russell said: “It’s wonderful that our clinical staff can be trained in-house, in these practical patient-centred techniques that reduce the anxiety and confusion our patients living with dementia can have. Making them feel safe and comfortable plays a significant role in keeping them healthy.”

14 September 2017 Home Page, News

Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre closed this weekend

14 September 2017: The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today informs the public that the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) will be closed this weekend due to an unanticipated staffing shortage. The UCC will close at midnight tonight, Thursday 14 September and is expected to reopen at 4pm on Monday 18 September.

BHB will extend its fast track service in the Emergency Department at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital over the weekend to midnight to accommodate people who would normally have attended the UCC and others with non-emergency medical conditions. Individuals with genuine medical emergencies will be seen as usual.

This temporary UCC closure is to ensure adequate staffing to safely manage continued high demand for all patients who require urgent or emergency care. BHB apologises for the inconvenience.

14 September 2017 Home Page, News

Turning Point Outpatient Counselling Services Moved

31 July 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public that Turning Point outpatient counselling services have been  temporarily relocated to the old Emergency Department at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, General Wing.

Persons seeking services should contact the main office at 239-2038, 249-3403 or 249-3426.  New or returning service users seeking assessment should report to the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute’s Acute Clinic to see one of our counsellors.

31 July 2017 Home Page, News

Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre Cup Match holiday hours

30 July 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board wishes the public a  happy and safe holiday weekend, however if urgent medical care is required the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) in St David’s will be open from 4pm to midnight on Thursday and Friday and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.

Please note that if your condition is serious, you should go straight to the Emergency Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH). There are very limited diagnostic imaging (x-ray) and laboratory testing capabilities at the UCC.

The UCC offers services to assess and treat minor illnesses or injuries that need immediate attention, but are in no way life threatening and are not likely to need surgery or sophisticated diagnostic equipment. This includes sprains, strains, scrapes, cuts, coughs, colds, earaches, bumps and bruises.

The UCC is open every weekday from 4pm to midnight. Regular Saturday and Sunday hours are from noon to midnight.

BHB also reminds the public that KEMH Emergency Department physicians see and treat patients based on the seriousness of their conditions, not in order of arrival. Emergency Department staff will tell you your level of severity and expected wait time when you arrive.

Below are the approximate wait times for each level of severity:

Level 1: Immediate

Level 2: 10 to 15 minutes

Level 3: 30 to 45 minutes

Level 4: 1 to 2 hours

Level 5: 2 hours or more

If you need to contact the UCC, call 298-7700. To contact the KEMH Emergency Department, call 239-2009.

30 July 2017 News

Michael Richmond Appointed as Bermuda Hospitals Board Chief of Staff

25 July 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that it has appointed Michael Richmond MBChB FRCA FCAI (hon) as Chief of Staff following an extensive local and international recruitment process. He joins BHB on a three year contract. The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Venetta Symonds and is accountable to the Board and Minister for Health.

As Chief of Staff, Dr Richmond will lead BHB’s team of medical and support personnel. The position is the most senior medical role at BHB and is responsible for the supervision of medical and dental care given to patients and residents in BHB facilities. Dr Richmond will be key in ensuring patient safety, sound clinical governance and building positive relations with the physician community.

Chairman of the Board Peter Everson comments:  “We look forward to Dr Richmond joining the BHB Executive Team. He brings a wealth of experience that will help the team continue to develop the healthcare needs of our community.”

Chief Executive Officer Mrs Venetta Symonds comments: “I’m very pleased to welcome Dr Richmond to BHB as Chief of Staff.  He has extensive experience in healthcare management, most recently in the dual role of Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Hamad Medical Corporation’s Women’s Hospital in Qatar. We look forward to learning from and working with Dr Richmond.”

Originally from the UK, Dr Richmond is an anesthetist with 25 years’ experience and 25,000 anaesthetic procedures to his credit. He has a strong background in healthcare and hospital management and has worked extensively on major change programmes both in the UK and internationally. Through his work he has developed a strong professional network that includes major medical institutions in the UK, Ireland, United States of America, Canada and Qatar.

Dr Richmond comments: “I am looking forward to moving to Bermuda and working with the team at BHB. I know that developing a Strategic Plan for Clinic Services is currently underway and I am eager to get involved and share my expertise in this area.”

Dr Richmond obtained his medical degree from the University of Aberdeen and specialised in anesthetics at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in the UK and College of Anaesthetists Ireland.

25 July 2017 Home Page, News

Temporary Closure: Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre

7 July 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board today informs the public that the Lamb Foggo UCC will be closed tonight so that nursing resources can be redeployed to the Emergency department at KEMH.   It is expected to open again tomorrow for its normal hours of operation.

BHB will open its “Fast Track” service in the Emergency Department from 4pm this afternoon for people who would normally have attended the UCC, or people visiting the ED with non-urgent medical conditions.  Individuals with genuine medical emergencies will be seen as usual.

The ED is low on nursing staff tonight due to unplanned absence as well as a number of unfilled vacancies that are in the recruitment process. This temporary redeployment of staff is to ensure adequate staffing to safely manage continued high demand for all patients who require emergency care.  BHB apologises for the inconvenience.

7 July 2017 News

New Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute Culinary Herb Garden Supplies King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Kitchen

New Dimensions gardener Carlton Thompson presents some parsley to BHB Executive Chef Thomas Frost

28 June 2017: Meals for both patients and staff at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital are now prepared with fresh herbs grown at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) by service users of the Devonshire facility. The garden project at MWI started in March with between six and eight individuals from the learning disabled and the geriatric services. Participants planted seedlings in a previously grassy area on the campus. Then they weeded and watered the plants regularly.


“Service users involved in this project have enjoyed watching the plants grow and taken pride in the results their efforts have made,” said New Dimensions Recreational Assistant Donovan Williams, who led the programme. This month the herbs ready for harvesting include chives, plain Italian parsley, sage, lemon balm, curly parsley, Thai basil, mint and sweet marjoram.


Bermuda Hospitals Board Executive Chef, Thomas Frost, has experience using garden-fresh produce and says it’s a great addition to meal preparation at the hospital. He said: “Fresh herbs offer a bolder flavor than their dried alternative, and will enhance the flavour profile of many dishes. They also offer the benefit of being unprocessed. The chefs at KEMH are enjoying the new fresh herbs programme and are eagerly utilising these fresh new ingredients in both patient and staff meals.”
The use of fresh herbs in recipes in KEMH’s kitchen was introduced a few months ago. “This new MWI homegrown plants will further enhance our commitment to culinary excellence,” said Chef Frost. “We are currently using fresh chives, basil, cilantro, thyme, parsley, rosemary and mint, with new varieties being introduced, according to seasonality,” he added.
Having a garden at the hospital was a recommendation from the BHB Open Space Community event in February 2017, and the benefits of health, sustainability and affordability raised in conversation are being realised. While better taste is an important benefit, the MWI project represents an estimated savings of $120 a week in the Food Services Department.

28 June 2017 News

Bacardi Wins Corporate Blood Drive 2017 Competition


14 June 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) and the Ministry of Health and Seniors today announce that Bacardi is the winner of the Corporate Blood Drive 2016/17.  This is the fourth Corporate Blood Drive that has taken place, and this annual competition between local companies had the highest ever number of competitors. Bacardi has been awarded the revolving trophy and a certificate to thank them for their commitment to saving lives and caring for those with therapeutic transfusion needs, such as sickle cell and cancer patients.

There were 423 blood donations as a result of the competition – 384 whole blood donations and 39 apherisis donations.  Of these, 79 were from Bacardi who contributed 18.7% of all donations of the competition.  New blood donor numbers rose by 195 in 2016, compared to 52 in 2015, in large part thanks to people signing up as part of this competition.

This year there were nineteen contestants: Appleby, Ariel Re, Argus, Artex, Bacardi, Bermuda Government Department of Corrections, Bermuda Government Department of Accountant General,  Bermuda Police Service, BF&M, Butterfield & Vallis, Estera, FIL Limited, Gosling, HSBC, Kitson Group of Companies, Marsh IAS Management Services (Bermuda) Ltd., Lancashire, the Royal Bermuda Regiment and XL Catlin.

Minister of Health and Seniors, The Hon. Jeanne Atherden JP, MP, comments: “It has been a very active competition this year and I would first like to congratulate Bacardi on a well-earned win.  They contributed nearly a fifth of all the donations, which is amazing. And thank you to all nineteen companies who participated.  You have contributed to an increased number of blood donors in Bermuda.  Your support of employees donating during work time and promoting the competition to them, and their families and friends has made a big difference this year. ”

Dr Clyde Wilson, BHB Chief of Pathology, comments: “Congratulations to Bacardi and thank you to all our competitors – the competition this year has been terrific as you can see from the impact it has had on increased donors and donations.  Bacardi fought hard, with internal promotions and six blood drives to encourage their staff, friends and families to donate. The 195 new blood donors helped bolster numbers, as other donors retired or moved away from Bermuda.  Total donors went up from 968 to 1095. So thank you for supporting this competition.  I can think of no better return on investment than more people in Bermuda donating blood and saving lives.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, Consultant Haematologist, comments: “Even with the new donors this year, we are keen to encourage more people to donate. The needs in our community are rising. The hospital has been working at capacity for much of this year and this resulted in the number of transfusions rising by 300 between 2015/16 when there were 1711 transfusions and 2016/17 when there were 2006 transfusions.  The need for blood transfusions goes up as people age and our community is getting older so we expect the numbers to keep going up.  882 or 43.8% of all transfusions were given to people over 64 in 2016. The need increases in line with age so we urge you to think of your parents and grandparents wellbeing, as well as your siblings, friends and children.  There is no greater gift you can give them than the gift of life and it couldn’t be easier for company sign up for the 2017/18 competition – just call or email the Blood Donor Centre at blood.donor@bhb.bm or 236-5067 and we’ll send you the form.”

Lisa Frias, Manager, Global Finance, Bacardi, led the Bacardi effort and comments: “We really decided to commit ourselves to the competition this year and our staff members are thrilled to have won. It has been a great team effort and we hope that we have thrown down the gauntlet for next year – we are certainly ready to win again!  Thank you to all our staff – achieving 18.3% of all donations in the competition shows how dedicated we are to this cause and it is in line with Bacardi’s value of caring.  Blood donation is incredibly important to saving lives and therapeutic treatments, and as a company we are very happy to be supporting our community in a tangible way. ”

Blood Transfusion usage by age:

Patient Ages 2014 2015 2016
<5 3 0 11
5-9 2 2 1
10-19 26 49 43
20-34 220 181 230
35-49 211 293 365
50-64 411 274 481
>64 757 753(48.5%) 882 (43.8%)


About Blood Donation

  • Bermuda uses about 35 to 45 units of blood per week (one unit is one donated pint of blood)
  • Most healthy people between 18 and 70, who weigh a minimum of 110lbs, can donate blood.
  • Globally, about 38% of donations are from people under 25. In Bermuda, only 4% of donors are under 25 years of age.
  • Globally about 6% of the population (or 45 people out every 1,000) donate. In Bermuda, less than 2% of the total population donates (about 17 out of every 1,000).
  • When you donate blood, one pint is taken which is then separated into different components.
  • Donors replenish the volume of blood donated within 24 hours and can safely donate blood once every three months.
  • To ensure a donor is healthy enough to give blood, donors are asked to fill out a questionnaire and their blood pressure and haemoglobin is checked.
  • The entire process, including pre-testing, donating and time for refreshments afterwards takes about half an hour.
  • Healthy blood is vital to us all. It has three major functions: to carry oxygen and nutrients to the body cells so they can create energy; to help defend the body against infections and injuries; and to remove waste products from the body cells.
  • The average adult contains 10 to 12 pints of blood, which contains many substances including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.
14 June 2017 Home Page, News