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Blood Donor Centre thanks St George’s Trust Company Limited for generous donation

Thursday 2 November 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today extends its heartfelt gratitude to St. George’s Trust Company for their donation of $10,000 towards purchasing equipment and supporting blood donation for the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre.

BHB Consultant Haematologist Dr Eyitayo Fakunle commented: “We are deeply grateful to St. George’s Trust Company. This generous donation will enable us to enhance our capabilities and increase awareness around the importance of blood donation. This contribution exemplifies the true spirit of giving, helping us to save lives in Bermuda.”

St. George’s Trust Company Executive Vice President Jason Benevides said: “We are honoured to support the Blood Donor Centre. Blood donation is a selfless act that saves lives. We believe in the power of the community coming together to make a difference.  We hope this contribution will help the staff continue its essential work and inspire others to join in this life-saving endeavour.”

Lucy Correia, RN, a phlebotomist in the Blood Donor Centre, said: “I witness the incredible impact of blood donation first hand. The St. George’s Trust Company’s generous donation will allow us to purchase much-needed equipment and create educational initiatives to raise awareness and encourage more people to become blood donors. Together, we save lives and make a significant difference in our community.”

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located on the first floor of the General Wing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The Blood Donor Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm, and Friday from 8:30am to 1pm. For information on the eligibility criteria to become a blood donor, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/ or call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

Pictured from left: Betsy Blood Drop, Lucy Correia (Phlebotomy Nurse), Jason Benevides (Executive Vice President from St. George’s Trust Company), Dr Eyitayo Fakunle (BHB Consultant Haematologist), Dawnette Been (Senior Technologist for Blood Donor Centre and Transfusion Services), Kathy Stephens (Department of Pathology Manager), and Alma Lou Polinar Swainson (Phlebotomy Nurse)

2 November 2023 Home Page, News

Public Advisory: Road closure at KEMH on 19 August

Thursday 17 August 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public of a temporary road closure scheduled for Saturday 19 August 2023 on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus. The closure will affect vehicular traffic from approximately 8am to 2pm.

A crane will be positioned on the KEMH through road between the ambulance bays and the General Wing lobby from 8am, necessitating the closure of that section of the KEMH road until approximately 2pm.

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 and signage.

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

KEMH Road Closure Map – 19 August 2023

17 August 2023 Home Page, News

BHB awards $130,000 in healthcare scholarships to 13 students

Tuesday 18 July 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board has awarded a total of $130,000 in scholarship funds to support the education and career development of 13 students pursuing healthcare-related fields.

R. Scott Pearman, deputy CEO, commented: “I want to congratulate each of these students on being selected for a BHB scholarship and joining a proud legacy of over 60 years of BHB sponsored healthcare professionals. BHB’s student scholarships help fulfil our people pillar objective of cultivating local talent to provide community care. These scholarships recognise high achieving students with leadership potential and we are proud to support them.

“BHB is committed to supporting education and fostering excellence in education, and these future healthcare professionals will shape the landscape of healthcare and improve the lives of countless individuals. We look forward to seeing these students contribute to the growth and innovation of healthcare services on the island and address the evolving challenges Bermuda faces in the years to come.”

Angela Fraser-Pitcher, vice president of people, stated: “BHB’s scholarship programme was established to recognise and empower students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievements, leadership potential, and a commitment to making a positive impact in the healthcare industry. With funding from Bermuda Hospitals Board and GlaxoSmithKline Insurance Ltd, a Bermuda-based subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline, the programme aims to facilitate the advancement of these talented individuals and contribute to the future of healthcare.”

The BHB Scholarship recipients for 2023 are:

Jordan Bascome has received a BHB Scholarship of $15,000 for up to one year. Jordan is studying for a doctor of medicine degree at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Dymond DeSilva has received a BHB Scholarship of $15,000 for up to one year. Dymond is studying for a doctor of medicine degree at St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.

Shani Tucker has received a BHB Scholarship of $10,000 for up to one year. Shani is studying for a doctor of medicine degree at St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada.

Addi Teye-Botchway has received a BHB Scholarship of $12,500 for up to one year. Addi is studying for a doctor of medicine degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Addon Teye-Botchway has received a BHB Scholarship of $12,500 for up to one year. Addon is studying for a doctor of medicine degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Ceola Wade has received a BHB Scholarship of $15,000 for up to one year. Ceola is studying for a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at the University of Exeter.

Ronnelle James has received a BHB Scholarship of $15,000 for up to one year. Ronnelle is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (learning disability) at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Fatima Muhammad has received a BHB Scholarship of $10,000 for up to one year. Fatima is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Watts College of Nursing.

Tiontae Thomas-Clarke has received a BHB Scholarship of $5,000 for up to one year. Tiontae is studying for a doctor of nursing practice degree with a concentration in psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jashae Allen-Lamontagne has received a BHB Scholarship of $5,000 for up to one year. Jashae is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at St. Francis Xavier University.

Keishun Swan has received a BHB Scholarship of $5,000 for up to one year. Keishun is studying for his Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Portsmouth.

Harlee Purvey has received a BHB Scholarship of $10,000 for up to one year. Harlee is studying for a Master of Clinical Science degree in communications sciences and disorders speech language pathology at Western University.

GlaxoSmithKline Scholarship

Kristin Steede has received the GlaxoSmithKline Scholarship of $20,000 for up to one year.  Kristin is studying for a doctor of medicine degree at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Weston, Florida.

18 July 2023 Home Page, News

Blood donor raffle winners announced

Thursday 13 July 2023: Two winners were selected from all new and regular blood donors who donated between June 2022 and June 2023, with prizes from Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Long-time blood donor Mandy Mizibrocky won a night’s stay, and new blood donor Vanessa Daley won a brunch at the hotel.

“On behalf of the entire Blood Donor Centre, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for their gracious donation of two prizes,” said Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, consultant haematologist. “This act of generosity not only acknowledges the selfless contributions of our blood donors, but also serves as a source of motivation and encouragement for our community. With these prizes, we can recognise and honour those who make a difference in the lives of others through their commitment to blood donation. Hamilton Princess’ support is invaluable in fostering a culture of giving and saving lives. Thank you for standing by us in our mission to provide life-saving transfusions and promote a healthier future for all.”

“We are very proud to support and encourage blood donation,” said Tim Morrison, general manager of Hamilton Princess. “At Hamilton Princess, we believe in being an active participant in the well-being of our community, and this donation aligns perfectly with our values. We hope these prizes not only bring joy to the recipients but also serve as a reminder of the incredible impact one can make by donating blood.”

Ms Mizibrocky was inspired by her sister’s experience in 2011 to become an active blood donor.

“I recognize the importance of contributing to help those who require blood transfusions and continue to donate regularly,” she said. “It hit home when my sister required a blood transfusion after the birth of her twins. I believe that my contribution can save lives and am grateful for the opportunity to help others.”

Ms Daley is our youngest new blood donor winner.

“As a first-time donor, I was nervous when my school (The Berkeley Institute) visited the Blood Donor Centre,” she said. “The opportunity to become an active donor was a chance for me to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. While my heart raced, I knew that my contribution, no matter how small, could potentially save someone’s life. I encourage everyone to overcome their fears and embrace the incredible blood donation journey.”

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located on the first floor of the General Wing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The Blood Donor Centre is open from 8:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Thursday, and Friday from 8:30am to 1pm. For information on the eligibility criteria to become a blood donor, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/ or call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

Pictured from left: Summer Cox (daughter of Mandy Mizbibrocky, blood donor winner), Vanessa Daley (blood donor winner), Dr Eyitayo Fakunle (consultant haematologist), Dr Marva Phillips-Williams (acting chief of pathology), Mandy Mizibrocky (blood donor winner), Tim Morrison (general manager, Hamilton Princess), Alma Lou Polinar-Swainson (phlebotomy nurse), Lucy Correia (phlebotomy nurse), Susan Deverteuil (phlebotomy nurse) and Roydell Neverson (director of operations, Hamilton Princess)

13 July 2023 Home Page, News

FIL Limited crowned the 10th Corporate Blood Drive Winner

Wednesday 14 June 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board today congratulates FIL Limited for winning the 10th Corporate Blood Drive. The annual competition included 16 local companies. The competition has every blood donation from an employee or an employee’s friends and family count towards each company’s total.

The winner’s trophy was presented to FIL Limited by Minister of Health the Hon. Kim Wilson JP MP, Chief Medical Officer Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, BHB CEO & President Dr Michael Richmond, Chief of Staff Dr Wesley Miller, and the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre team.

Minister Wilson congratulated the winner and thanked all companies who had been a part of the 10 year competition. “This friendly competition has helped save countless lives in Bermuda. Whether the companies won or not, every donation has made a difference. Truly, every company who has been a part of the competition over the last ten years has helped their employees share the gift of life, and share regularly.”

The sixteen competing companies in this year’s competition were: Ascot Bermuda Limited, Aspen, Axis, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, Bermuda Airport Authority, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Butterfield and Vallis, Conduit Reinsurance, Fidelity, Fortitude Re, Freisenbruch, Hiscox, Ministry of Public Works, Renaissance Re, Rosewood Tucker’s Point and Sun Life.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, consultant haematologist, commented: “As we celebrate the remarkable milestone of our tenth competition, the Corporate Blood Drive stands as a testament to the steadfast spirit of giving. Year after year, the unwavering support of companies in the competition has been instrumental in preserving our blood supplies and safeguarding lives in Bermuda. It helps us deliver about 2,000 transfusions per year through local, voluntary blood donations. We extend our deepest gratitude to all the participants and reserve special congratulations for FIL for achieving the top position in the competition.”

Lucy Correia, nurse phlebotomist at the Blood Donor Centre, expressed her gratitude, saying: “We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the generous donors and the companies that support us. We want to encourage more companies to consider joining us, as it fosters unity and boosts morale. Each donation has the power to positively impact up to three individuals in Bermuda. There is no greater way to demonstrate support for our community.”

Katrina Nusum, FIL deputy head of office, commented: “At FIL we are deeply committed to supporting blood donations. We must thank our colleagues who have enthusiastically embraced this cause by generously donating blood throughout the year. We acknowledge the bravery it took for some to overcome their initial apprehensions and step forward as donors. Today, they have become regular contributors, demonstrating their unwavering dedication to this important cause. We look forward to competing again next year and retaining the trophy.”

Donors are encouraged to book an appointment with the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre. As a reminder, BHB recently changed its guidelines for people who spent time in the UK, France and certain other countries between 1980 and 1996. (https://bermudahospitals.bm/welcome-back-uk-blood-donation-rule-has-changed/)

Companies wishing to join in the friendly competition should email blood.donation@bhb.bm or call 236-5067.

14 June 2023 Home Page, News

Free CPR training could save a life

Wednesday 24 May 2023: A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere. Would you know how to help?

“Immediate intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double, even triple, a victim’s chance of survival,” said Kelly Pitcher, clinical educator and nurse at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB).

Ms Pitcher leads an annual BHB initiative to provide CPR training to the community through free Friends & Family CPR courses, along with Heartsaver CPR AED certification courses for a minimal fee.

“BHB is celebrating National CPR and AED Awareness Week the first week of June with CPR courses for the public,” said Ms Pitcher. “CPR is an intervention that can save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, and an AED is an automated external defibrillator device.”

According to the American Heart Association, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute CPR is delayed. BHB is an American Heart Association international training centre, and all CPR courses follow their guidelines and standards.

Ms Pitcher added: “Our free Friends & Family CPR courses are ideal for everyday people, like parents, community groups and babysitters, who don’t need certification but want to learn how to save a life if needed.

“We offer Heartsaver CPR AED training for a $20 fee to those who require certification, such as caregivers, camp counsellors, daycare operators and lifeguards.”

For more information or to register, call 239-1029 or 239-1821, or email coursereg@bhb.bm, including the course, time and date you wish to attend.

Family & Friends CPR (free)

Dates: Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June 2023

Times: 8:30am-10:30am, 11am- 1pm and 1:30pm- 3:30pm

Audience: People who want to learn CPR but do not need CPR certification to meet a job requirement, eg community groups, parents, babysitters and general public. Participants must be able to kneel on the floor.

Topics: Hands-only CPR technique; mouth-to-mouth CPR for adults and children; adult and child AED use; infant CPR; and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and infants.

 

Heartsaver CPR AED Certification ($20)

Dates: Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June 2023

Times: 8:30am-11am, 11:30am -2pm and 2:30pm-5pm

Audience: People who require CPR certification, eg caregivers, camp counsellors, daycare operators and lifeguards. Not appropriate for clinicians.

Topics: Adult and child CPR and AED use; infant CPR; and how to relieve choking in adults, children and infants.

24 May 2023 Home Page, News

Be a lifesaver and a winner: Donate blood for a chance at a prize

Wednesday 10 May 2023: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) and Bermuda Blood Donor Centre express their gratitude to the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club for generously donating two prizes to acknowledge Bermuda’s blood and apheresis donors. The prizes, which consist of a stay at the hotel and a champagne brunch, will be awarded to winners selected from Bermuda’s active donors and new blood donors who have donated over the past year up to June 30, 2023. This year marks the third consecutive year that the Hamilton Princess has offered these prizes.

Dr Eyitayo Fakunle, a consultant haematologist at BHB, comments: “I would like to express my appreciation to the Hamilton Princess for their donations. Donations such as these are essential in increasing the number of blood and apheresis donors in Bermuda. Every year, the need for blood transfusions increases. In 2022 we had a total of 1946 red cell transfusions compared to 1917 in 2021. However, the number of donors is on the decline. I encourage new donors and younger donors to consider donating to ensure that we can have a continued supply of blood.”

Tim Morrison, General Manager of the Hamilton Princess, comments: “Hamilton Princess & Beach Club takes pride in being able to provide two prizes for active and new blood donors.  We hope that these prizes will help motivate more individuals to donate blood and show our gratitude to Bermuda’s regular donors who help save lives all year round.”

Lucy Correia, a Nurse Phlebotomist at the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre, comments: “I am delighted that all active donors can participate in the draw. For those considering donating for the first time, the process is straightforward and takes only about 30 minutes. One donation can help up to three people.”

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located on the first floor of the General Wing of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. It is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and Friday from 8:30am to 1pm for appointments. For more information about donating, visit www.bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor or calling the Blood Donor Centre on 236-5067.

10 May 2023 Home Page, News

O positive blood donors urgently needed

Thursday 1 December 2022: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is asking people with O positive blood to donate as stocks of this blood type are running low. Donors and potential donors are asked to call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

If you are unsure about your blood type but are willing to donate, please contact the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre at (441) 236-5067 or blood.donor@bhb.bm, or by WhatsApp at (441) 533-9553.

Appointments are preferred, although walk-ins are accepted.

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm, and on Friday from 8:30am to 1pm. It is closed on weekends and public holidays.

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre team thanks the community for their kind assistance in ensuring they can continue to save lives.

More information about blood donation is available online at bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/.

1 December 2022 Home Page, News

O positive blood donors needed

Wednesday 9 November 2022: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is asking people with O positive blood to donate. Donors and potential donors are asked to call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

BHB Consultant Haematologist Dr Eyitayo Fakunle said: “We are in need of O positive blood due to a recent emergency that made our stock lower than we would have anticipated.”

If you are unsure about your blood type but are willing to donate, please contact the Bermuda Blood Donor Centre at (441) 236-5067 or blood.donor@bhb.bm, by WhatsApp at (441) 533-9553.

Appointments are preferred, although walk-ins are accepted.

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm, and on Friday from 8:30am to 1pm. It is closed on weekends and public holidays, including this Friday 11 November.

The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre team thanks the community for their kind assistance in ensuring they can continue to save lives.

More information about blood donation is available online at bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/.

9 November 2022 Home Page, News

Urgent call for blood donations

Wednesday 19 October 2022: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is calling for members of the public to donate blood, especially people with O positive blood. Please call 236-5067 to make an appointment.

Consultant Haematologist Dr Eyitayo Fakunle said: “Stocks of O positive blood in particular are currently lower than we want, and we are making an urgent plea to the community for people to become blood donors. Safe blood saves lives and improves health. It is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person.

“People can contact the Blood Donor Centre at (441) 236-5067, via WhatsApp at (441) 533-9553 or by email at blood.donor@bhb.bm. Appointments are preferred, although walk-ins are accepted. Those who don’t know their blood type are still encouraged to contact the team.

“The Bermuda Blood Donor Centre is located at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 2:30pm and on Friday from 8:30am to 1pm.

“All of us in the Blood Donor Centre thank our community for your kind assistance in ensuring we can continue to save lives.”

More information about blood donation is available at bermudahospitals.bm/be-a-donor/.

19 October 2022 Home Page, News
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