BHB ceases visitation in response to COVID-19 surge

Monday 29 March 2021: Due to the large surge of positive COVID-19 cases in the community, BHB will be ceasing all visiting from noon today, Monday 29 March, for acute inpatient units at KEMH and MWI, other than in exceptional circumstances such as end of life or young children. Visiting to long term care units, including group homes, ceased last week.

Maternity will continue to have a support person allowed for moms.

For anyone wanting to reach out to their loved ones in hospital, wifi is free at BHB, so inpatients and residents can use mobile and laptops to stay in touch without incurring costs.

For other areas of the hospital:

·      Outpatient clinics are currently reviewing individual cases and will introduce more telemedicine and focus on urgent cases.  Surgical services are also reviewing lists. Patients will be contacted directly should there be any rescheduling required.

·      Dialysis services will continue as normal. 

·      Imaging Services is temporarily reducing its non-urgent outpatient service, prioritising emergency, urgent and inpatient needs.

·      Emergency Department patients are reminded that companions are not allowed, unless a parent with a child, or carer/companion/relative with a vulnerable or combative adult. 

·      Anyone worried they may have COVID-19 symptoms can refer to the Symptom Checklist (click here), and should call their doctor or the Emergency Department before seeking care in person.

Anyone who does have to access our hospitals are reminded to use the screens for a temperature and mask check, and wear your mask at all times, maintain physical distancing and wash your hands regularly and well. 

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The Bermuda Hospitals Board is a quango (quasi autonomous non-governmental organisation) established under the Bermuda Hospitals Board Act, 1970. It has a Bermuda Government-approved Board and a Chief Executive Officer, responsible for King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute. At the heart of both organisations is high-quality care to all patients.

With approximately 1,700 employees, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is Bermuda's second largest employer. King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute are the only healthcare organisations in Bermuda accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent organisation whose role is to help hospitals examine and improve the quality of care and service they provide to their clients. In addition to providing an extensive list of services for the community, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is part of a referral network that includes some of the world's leading specialist hospitals.

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