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General Consent Form to take full effect on 30 January

26 January 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) wishes to remind the public that all patients have to expressly consent to their care before medical treatment or services can be afforded.

The General Consent Form was introduced in August but started with a few departments. On Monday 30 January, this requirement will be applicable in all departments located at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Traditionally it has been assumed that anyone attending the hospital wanted treatment. Introduction of the General Consent Form now formalises this relationship. The General Consent Form covers routine medical care and non-invasive procedures. Simply put, it is your consent to care. It is worth noting that BHB has always required consent forms for invasive procedures such as surgery and blood transfusions, and that use of these will continue.

Members of the public do not have to sign the form, but failure to sign it means no treatment or services will be given.

Processes are in place for those who are vulnerable and unable to sign on their own behalf. These processes will be extended and used with this additional consent form.

Members of the public can visit the BHB website to review the form as well as frequently asked questions and answers. Anyone requiring more information about the form can telephone 239-1553.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

26 January 2017 Home Page, News

BHB introduces Patient-Centred Medical Home

24 January 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board has invested in a pilot project to help combat the impact of chronic disease including cost. The Patient-Centred Medical Home (PCMH) programme is an outpatient referral service for individuals with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, who are not currently seeing a GP and who are under- or uninsured.

“The goal is to keep this at-risk group as healthy as possible and help them manage their chronic diseases,” said BHB CEO Venetta Symonds. “This will help reduce emergency department visits, hospitalisations and complications, such as amputation and dialysis, which impact quality of life and are costly to the healthcare system.”

Patients require a medical referral to receive the service. Medical Director of the Programme Dr Stanley James said these referrals will likely come from GPs, the Emergency Department and the hospitalist service.

The pilot programme began on Monday 7 November. It will run for a year, at which time it will be assessed and a decision made on modifications or continuation.

To date, there are 28 patients registered with the service.

“These patients have complex chronic health conditions and the length of each of their visits correlates to the complexity of their medical and social needs. The complex nature of these patients is served by the cooperation of various healthcare providers—pharmacists, dedicated medical social workers, consultants, along with laboratory and diagnostic facilities that are readily available onsite,” said Dr James. “This approach increases these patients’ adherence to their treatment regimen and also decreases the likelihood that they will fall between the cracks.

“With regularly scheduled follow-up calls and return-to-clinic visits, we are better able to provide reassurance to patients, as well as assess compliance early in their journey towards control of their chronic conditions.”

The Patient-Centred Medical Home is staffed by a team of four: Medical Director Dr Stanley James, Nurse Practitioner Myrian Balitian-Dill, Staff Nurse Cheryl Maronie and Administrator Karen Henry. The service is located on the ground floor of the KEMH General Wing.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

24 January 2017 Home Page, News

Community invited to open up about BHB services

20 January 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board is inviting the community to join a conversation about improving services at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute at an ‘Open Space’ event on Thursday 2 February 2017, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Pier Six, on Front Street, Hamilton. Refreshments will be provided.

BHB CEO, Venetta Symonds, comments: “A lot is said about BHB and its services. Our staff work so hard to try and get it right every day and provide excellent care. But we know we can improve and achieve our new vision of ‘Exceptional Care. Strong Partnerships. Healthy Community.’ This community gathering recognises the importance of the voices in our community and gives them a place to talk directly with us about how they think we can get it right more often. It is an event in which they will be heard and make a difference. BHB will not be presenting or setting the agenda. Attendees will come and set up conversations around what is important to them.

“There will be staff participating in the discussions, so questions can be answered if they are relevant to the conversation. But this event allows us to meet with people collectively, listen to what is important to them, act on the feedback and make improvements that will benefit the whole island.”

Mrs Symonds concludes: “This is the first time we have ever tried something of this nature – we are handing over control of the conversation to our community. It comes from a desire to open up BHB and start a two way dialogue to build better, trusted relationships with the people who use our services. We know it will take time for this to happen. This gathering is a first step, and if those who come find it valuable or we find ourselves over-subscribed, we will have more events like this in the future.”

Participants at the event will:

  • Start conversations that matter to them: there is no set agenda. People should come prepared to raise what they think BHB can do to ‘get it right’, then put it on the agenda for discussion.
  • Be heard: there are no panels or presentations, just open conversation.
  • Make a difference: discussions will be recorded and feedback publicly shared. BHB will use this information to shape its priorities for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Space is limited to 80, so people are encouraged to book their place early. RSVP by emailing bettertogether@bhb.bm.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

20 January 2017 Home Page, News

Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre one month closure for renovation

Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre18 January 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Bermuda Hospitals Board today notifies the community that it is replacing the vinyl flooring in the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC). The UCC will be temporarily closed after Thursday 19 January 2017, and it is expected to reopen for business as usual in mid-February.

Marshall Minors, VP Facilities Management & Estates, comments: “We alerted the public last year that we would temporarily close the UCC for this floor replacement work as well as other minor repairs and upgrades to the physical plant. We are committed to providing an ongoing urgent care service from the UCC facility and this work will ensure the building is safe to deliver care for our patients in the long term.

“We apologise for the inconvenience of the closure, but as anyone who has visited the facility in recent months can attest, the flooring needs to be completely replaced. We wanted to undertake this work outside of the hurricane season, and well ahead of the America’s Cup events and peak summer tourist months. We look forward to reopening the UCC in February and we will update the community once the work is complete.”

While the UCC is closed, some UCC staff have been reassigned to the Emergency Department at KEMH to manage the likely increased traffic. The public are reminded to use the Emergency Department service wisely and visit their GP if their situation is not urgent.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

18 January 2017 Home Page, News

BHB welcomes New Year’s baby

2 January 2017: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) welcomed Ethelbert Bakurumpagi to the island on New Year’s Day. Born at 10:41am to parents Flavia Namazzi and Silverous Bakurumpagi, Ethelberht weighed in at 7lbs 8oz and was the first baby born on the island for 2017.

Both first time parents, the couple admitted that once contractions began they were nervous being away from their native Uganda.

“We’ve been working in Bermuda for about two years. We are both accountants – managers at Ernst & Young,” said Mr Bakurumpagi.

Ms Namazzi said: “It was scary most of the time not having our families and extended families around us.”

But Mr Bakurumpagi was quick to note that Maternity Ward staff were warm and patient. “The nurses here were great and they gave us all the attention,” he said.

Ms Namazzi actually attended the ward on 31 December but staff advised the couple that the birth was likely quite a few hours away, so they left the ward at midnight and went home. Returning in the morning, the parents said the birth was quick.

“I can’t thank God enough,” said Mr Bakurumpagi. “And I thank Flavia, she was really great.”

He said he named his son Ethelberht after the first king of England who converted to Christianity.

Ms Namazzi said: “He’s very peaceful and calm. Right now he should be sleeping but he’s lying there just looking at you.”

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

2 January 2017 Home Page, News

BHB welcomes Christmas baby

26 December 2016: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) welcomed Ivy Lily Mount to the world at 11:27pm on Sunday 25 December 2016. Ivy, the daughter of Timothy and Leanne Mount, weighed 8lbs 7oz and was 52 cms long.

Ivy is the Mounts’ second child. They also have a two-year-old daughter Gabriella. Mrs Mount said the two births were very different but both babies are Bermuda holiday ones. Gabriella was born at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital at Cup Match.

“I was so happy that I was able to have her by natural birth and that labour was not induced,” she said. “The maternity ward staff were great! They were so helpful. You would think that they see babies being born all the time and that they wouldn’t be excited, but as she was coming on Christmas Day the atmosphere was celebratory. They were all cheering for me, which was helpful and really nice.”

Ivy was due on 22 December, and the Mounts said they actually expected her to arrive after Christmas Day.

“We had just finished dinner around 3pm when my water broke,” said Mrs Mount. The couple checked into the Maternity Ward around 4pm, and when labour started they still were not sure that Ivy would arrive on Christmas Day.

Leanne admitted that as midnight got closer she made a conscious effort to push for Ivy to come before the date changed. And she was successful. The Mounts said they would be bringing Ivy’s older sister Gabriella in to the ward today (Boxing Day) to meet her new baby sister.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

26 December 2016 Home Page, News

King’s College urologist joins BHB

Dr Gordon Kooiman3 December 2016: Bermuda Hospitals Board today announces that Dr Gordon Kooiman has been appointed as the Director of Urology, based at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The appointment of a urologist was required to meet the large demand for urology services in Bermuda, including diagnosing and treating people with cancers throughout the urinary tract (e.g. kidney, bladder, prostate and testicular cancers), recurrent urinary tract infections, enlarged prostates, incontinence, prostatitis and kidney stones. Dr Kooiman will ensure local patients have timely and effective access care in Bermuda.

Dr Kooiman previously worked for King’s College Hospital & Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals as a Consultant Urological and Laparoscopic Surgeon, a position he held from 2007, and before that as a locum consultant urologist at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent. Originally from the Netherlands, Dr Kooiman undertook his medical training at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London.  His urology higher specialist training took place at numerous UK hospitals.

Widely published in specialist medical journals, Dr Kooiman’s subspecialty interests include open and laparoscopic renal surgery and endourology and is experienced in using many new technologies such as greenlight laser for the management of benign prostatic hypertrophy and Holmium laser fragmentation of kidney stone.

Dr Keith Chiappa, Chief of Staff, comments: “I am very pleased to welcome Dr Kooiman and improve access to specialist urology services for people in Bermuda. BHB’s commitment is to provide the services needed by the community and we are very pleased to appoint someone of Dr Kooiman’s calibre and experience.”

Dr Kooiman comments: “I’m very happy to join BHB and look forward to working to care for patients who need urology services in Bermuda.”

Dr Kooiman is married with three children.  A keen hockey player, he also sails a Firefly dinghy.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

3 December 2016 Home Page, News

Bermudian chosen from 20,000 as finalist for international award

27 November 2016: A Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) staff member is in contention for an international service excellence award this week.

BHB Network Solutions Analyst Colin Outerbridge has been shortlisted from more than 20,000 nominees worldwide for a WOW! Award. Mr Outerbridge was nominated in the Going the Extra Mile category through BHB’s online RISE Awards programme, which allows individuals to recognise staff members who have gone above and beyond to deliver exemplary service.

Winners will be announced on Monday 28 November at the annual The WOW! Awards Gala. This year there are 75 finalists in 15 categories. Mr Outerbridge is currently in London, UK, to attend the ceremony.

In mid-September a panel of judges interviewed Mr Outerbridge via Skype, asking a series of questions about the events which inspired his nomination by Dean Parris, BHB’s disaster manager.

“During Hurricane Joaquin, Colin came in to access the ITS network before going home and ended up staying for the duration of the hurricane,” Mr Parris said in his RISE Award nomination. “He dealt with any IT and telephone issue that arose across the entire KEMH campus. In addition when the HICC [Hospital Incident Command Centre] started developing phone issues, Colin came up with a quick solution and then implemented it to make sure that our service did not go down. Colin is a true leader.”

Mr Outerbridge told the judges it was an IT issue in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), caused by power fluctuations, which made volunteering to stay in lockdown during the hurricane worthwhile. Had the issue not been resolved quickly and successfully, machines used to monitor patients could have been affected.

“At BHB, I’m here for the patients,” Mr Outerbridge told the panel. “Doing this sort of work gives me fulfilment and I like to help people. That night, it could have been a family member of mine in ICU. It could have been a coworker or even someone in this room.”

BHB CEO Venetta Symonds said, “We’re delighted Colin is being recognised for his contribution to our patients and colleagues. When a hurricane strikes Bermuda, several hundred BHB employees leave their families to stay in the hospitals for the duration, ensuring patient care continues uninterrupted. Colin will represent all those dedicated individuals at the awards ceremony in London.

“We are proud of Colin and all BHB staff members who go above and beyond every day to achieve our vision of Exceptional Care. Strong Partnerships. Healthy Community.”

BHB’s RISE Awards nominations are managed in association with UK-based The WOW! Awards and are evaluated based on BHB’s vision and values. Members of the public can recognise BHB staff members who demonstrate service excellence by visiting www.bermudahospitals.bm and going to About BHB > Our Team > BHB Staff RISE Awards. Nominations are listed on the BHB website.

Notes to Editors
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.

For more information, please visit www.bermudahospitals.bm or contact the Bermuda Hospitals Board Public Relations Department at publicrelations@bhb.bm.

27 November 2016 Home Page, News

MWI service users invite Bermuda to ‘Take a Walk in My Shoes’

16 November 2016: Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) service users are inviting people in Bermuda to come and ‘Take a Walk in My Shoes’ by visiting the MindFrame PhotoVoice Exhibition at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Featuring art, photography and creative writing, the exhibition has its opening reception on Friday 18 November 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, when the artists, photographers and creative writers will be in attendance. The exhibition runs to Tuesday 6 December.

Reilly Ingham, Art Therapist at MWI, comments: “This is an amazing exhibition of work. Not only does it demonstrate the creativity and abilities of the people who use our services, but it gives a profound insight into the lives of people who often don’t have a voice in our community. We are very excited to be celebrating our ten year anniversary of having the exhibition at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Every year brings new insights and amazing new art, photography and writing.”

Akilah Lapsley-Dyer, Occupational Therapist at MWI, adds: “Through art, photography and writing therapies, our service users grow and learn to appreciate their own talents and perspectives on life. We have provided commentaries for all the art and photographic contributions from the individuals in the show. We hope people will see those who struggle with mental health challenges through a new lens, and appreciate what these people can tell us about life, struggle and hope.”

In the voices of the contributors:

Betty Ann Pierre is an artist who has had her work displayed as part of the Charmin Award at Masterworks and through other exhibitions at the Bermuda Society of Art. Although always good at handy crafts, she only seriously started painting when she took it up as art therapy at MWI about eight years ago. She comments: “Art has made me more grounded. I feel more secure. It has made me more sharing. This has made me join different organisations. It has given me self worth. I’m like a flower blooming…People should come and have a look at what the patients have done. If you look into the art, you can see many things.”

 

Stefan Davis was introduced to taking photos seriously through the PhotoVoice programme at MWI about four years ago. Stefan comments: “It’s quite interesting when you take pictures, because you know your eyes see something and you use the camera to try and capture what your eye sees. There’s a lot of beauty in photography. There’s so many beautiful natural scenes around this island. It’s wonderful. It’s exciting. Now I look for photos everywhere. People will get a sense of enlightenment seeing all the different artwork that’s put on display. It’s been a good thing.”

 

Gino Edness has been into art since he was young. As a founding contributor to the very first art exhibition at MWI in 2006, he came up with the name ‘MindFrame’ and has displayed his artwork each year since. Gino comments: “I am a quiet person, I don’t say much,” he said. “Art makes me open – more people gather round me when I do my art. I’ve grown and my art has helped me to grow. I’d like people to see how we can work at being creative with our hands. They can learn something from us, because we’ve got a lot to give, a lot to show. I figure that people should come and see what it’s all about. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the show.”

 

Alana Dill had never picked up a paintbrush until she was at MWI six years ago when she was 19, and had to do an art therapy class. “Everybody was blown away at how my art comes out. I surprised myself. It has made me feel that I am actually good at something and I’m not completely useless. Art makes me feel so good inside. I feel like I can achieve anything. I want people to be inspired by the Exhibition. You can pick up a paint brush and do art – but there’s more to it than that. You have to be inspired, motivated and in the mind where you feel that this is it, nothing can hold you back. You have to be inspired and connect with your pain, your paintbrush, canvas and surroundings and it will take you to places you have never been.”

16 November 2016 Home Page, News

BHB focuses on ethics and youth

6 November 2016: 518_file_1Medical ethics and their particular relevance to treating Bermuda’s young people have been under the microscope at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) during the past week.

Staff members and community healthcare partners participated in seminars, continuing education sessions and grand rounds during BHB’s Ethics Awareness Week 2016, held from 31 October to 4 November. The sessions were led by medical ethics expert Dr Christy Simpson, head of the Bioethics Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

The BHB Ethics Committee also spent a day immersed in discussions with Dr Simpson about the complexities of making ethical decisions when treating children and adolescents.

Dr Chantelle Simmons, BHB’s chief of psychiatry and chair of the Ethics Education Subcommittee, said: “Not only is Dr Simpson always available to assist us in working through difficult ethical dilemmas, she has come to Bermuda to lead Ethics Awareness Week 11 times.

“Having that external support from Dalhousie and Dr Simpson, and being able to talk through some of these complex matters with an organisation that has considerably more experience in medical ethics than we do is invaluable.”

Ethics Committee member Dr Carla Bean, clinical psychologist for Child and Adolescent Services, Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, said: “We spent the week exploring some of the ethical issues that can become more complicated when we’re dealing with minors. Not only are you taking the law, professional best practices and the patient’s wishes into account, you’re also considering the wishes of the parents or legal guardians and the child’s ability to understand and make their own decisions.

“It’s not as cut and dried as it can be with adults, who generally have the legal right and ability to make decisions about their treatment.”

The BHB Ethics Committee offers assistance to patients and service users, their families and healthcare professionals.

Dr Simmons said: “People may not realise we are here as a resource for anyone who is dealing with ethical issues around medical care. Ethics is about doing the right thing for the right reasons, and we can guide people in making tough ethical decisions.

“Members of the public can contact us for a consultation by calling 291-HOPE (4673).”

The BHB Ethics Committee comprises about 20 members, including clinical, administrative and community representatives. The Committee promotes awareness of ethical concerns at both King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI), endorses medical ethics education, provides an ethics consultation service and produces guidelines on prominent issues that can help healthcare professionals consider all aspects of controversial decisions. The Committee also reviews medical research proposals on request and reviews hospital policies to ensure they are ethically sound.

BHB’s Ethics Committee maintains a close relationship with Dalhousie University’s Department of Bioethics, which provides assistance and training in ethical matters.

6 November 2016 Home Page, News