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BHB resumes biopsies with its new 3D mammography machine

Wednesday 9 June 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is pleased to announce the resumption of stereotactic biopsy (biopsies that are carried out using our mammography machine) service today. The recent upgrade to the GE Pristina 3D mammography unit meant these types of biopsies had to be delayed until staff were fully trained on the new machine. That training has started, and today the first patients received their biopsies using the new equipment.

Imaging Services staff are excited about the upgrade and training, and the improvement this brings to their patients.

The first patient today, a 54-year-old woman, said she was pleased to have the procedure on state-of-the-art equipment.

She said:  “It was great. The staff were wonderful, they fully explained the procedure and I didn’t feel a thing. I was comfortable and relaxed and now am eager to get the results. I’m staying positive that it will be good news.”

“In diagnostic imaging, image clarity is what we get excited about,” said Chief of Radiology Daniel Stovell, MD. “The clearer the image, the better our ability to detect, diagnose and treat any abnormalities.”

BHB is the only provider of 3D stereotactic breast biopsy in Bermuda at this time.

9 June 2021 Home Page, News

Local couple donates $2,500 to BHB nurses

Tuesday 1 June 2021: Richard and Rebecca Wilson said the extent of their gratitude for the work of hospital staff in the fight against COVID-19 cannot be sufficiently expressed in words. The local couple donated $2,500 to nurses in May in an effort to convey their deep feelings.

They presented BHB Chief of Nursing Judy Richardson with the donation, which included a card with this handwritten message:

We are proud to recognise “Nurses Appreciation Month”. We are grateful for your dedication, hard work and perseverance during these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses are all making incredible sacrifices to keep us safe as they impact the health and wellbeing of Bermuda’s people.

Your compassion for taking care of every life is remarkable.

We can never thank you enough, but we would like to try by donating $2,500 to you, our Health Care Heroes!

With Love.

Ms Richardson said: “On behalf of our 500 Bermuda Hospitals Board nurses, I thank the Wilsons for this most unexpected and generous gift.”

1 June 2021 Home Page, News

Urgent care services open later on weekdays

Monday 31 May 2021: BHB today announces that the weekday hours of the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) are changing, and the service will be available later into the evening while maintaining the same number of open hours.

From Tuesday 1 June 2021, the UCC will open from 2pm to 10pm every weekday and public holiday. Previously opening at noon until 8pm, the later start maintains the number of hours the UCC is open, but provides a later service. Weekend hours will stay the same from 9am to 9pm. An x-ray service will be available while the UCC service is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. People can call the UCC at 298-7700 if they need to check the hours.

Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke, Chief of Emergency, comments: “These later opening times offer better coverage out of hours. It means we can be there later into the night for people with minor illnesses and injuries who need attention quickly, giving an alternative to waiting in the Emergency Department.”

 

31 May 2021 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January to March 2021

Thursday 27 May 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) road traffic accident statistics for the period 1 January 2021 – 31 March 2021 show 96 cases were seen in February and 106 in March in the Emergency Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre.  In February ten people had to be admitted to an acute care unit due to their injuries. In March nine people had be admitted, three to the ICU.

You can download a copy of the most recent statistics below.

BHB RTA stats for the period 1 Jan 2021 -31 March 2021

2020 BHB Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 31 December

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

2018 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31December

2017 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

2016 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January

 

27 May 2021 Home Page, News

Road closure on Friday 21 May at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital

Thursday 20 May 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public of a temporary road closure scheduled for Friday 21 May 2021 on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus. The closure will affect vehicular through traffic between Point Finger Road and Berry Hill Road from 8:30am to 4pm.

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. People attending the vaccination clinic should use the Berry Hill Road entrance.

KEMH and the visitor parking lots will still be 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 Berry Hill 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.

20 May 2021 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board performs first 3D mammograms

Thursday 13 May 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board performed three-dimensional (3D) mammograms for the first time on Wednesday 12 May.

Earlier this month, GE’s Pristina 3D mammography unit was installed in the Diagnostic Imaging Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, replacing the old 2D unit.

“There was a real excitement in the air with our mammography team,” said Imaging Services Clinical Manager Renee Butterfield.

“We are so proud that we not only have a 3D unit, but that our software is the most up to date of any on the island,” said technologists Carla Cann and Terri Farnan.

“We’re so pleased that everything is going to plan,” said Senior Imaging Technologist Terricca Smith. “All the staff are happy and so are our clients.”

Tanya Smith was the first person to have her mammogram using the new equipment.

“It was actually quicker than the last one that I remember,” she said. “It was great. I would say definitely come and get it done for sure. The ladies here make it so easy for you. You don’t even have to think about it. Before you know it you’re done and they are saying, ‘You’re done,’ and you are thinking, ‘Oh, ok that was so easy!’”

BHB upgraded its digital mammography unit to 3D to obtain clearer images. Research has shown that 3D mammography locates more cancers than its 2D predecessor and also reduces the number of false positives. The imaging unit creates a 3D picture of breast tissue using X-rays of several different angles around the breast.

A 2D mammogram creates a two-dimensional image from two X-ray images of each breast.

Installation of the Ivenia Automated Breast Ultrasound system will take place in the coming weeks. Combined with the new 3D mammogram it will provide better imaging of dense breast tissue.

“Better imaging produces clearer images and makes it easier to detect problems early,” said BHB Chief of Radiology Daniel Stovell, MD. “These upgrades represent a significant improvement in our service to the public.”

13 May 2021 Home Page, News

BHB shares vaccination status data of hospitalised patients

Sunday 9 May 2021: BHB today shared data from 14 March to 1 May 2021 that has highlighted the protection vaccination against COVID-19 brings, even as people go through the immunisation process. The start date (14 March) was the day the first hospitalisation of the current surge occurred, after a period of some time with zero COVID-19 patients.

Dr Wesley Miller, Chief of Staff, comments: “Of the 92 people who were admitted to hospital since the latest surge started, the most at-risk group were people who were not vaccinated at all. They made up 88% of admissions (81 people). People who had one dose were in a minority of 11% (10 people). One person (1%) had two doses, but it was within two weeks of the shot meaning full immunity had not been achieved.

“With a significant portion of the population now either fully vaccinated or having had one shot, that these people make up such a small proportion of hospitalisations, indicates that there is a protective effect even before you reach full immunity, which is two weeks after your second shot. If vaccination didn’t work or caused more illness, the numbers would be very, very different. In fact, if we hadn’t had so many people vaccinated during this surge, hospitalisation numbers and deaths could have been higher.”

“It is also likely that as people who end up in hospital are usually at least two weeks post-infection, they may have been infected very soon before or after their first shot, when immunity is low.

“We should be reassured that we are seeing the same kinds of results in Bermuda as the rest of the world – vaccination is safe and protects you from serious illness and hospitalisation. The vaccine teaches your own immune system to recognise and fight the virus if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are not fully immunised and fall ill, the next line of defence will be medications and, if serious enough, other interventions to help you breathe.

“COVID-19 will continue to impact our lives unless we as a community stand together. Our own immune system is the most powerful protection we have – we need to nurture it with healthy living so it is strong, and teach it to recognise the virus with vaccination so it can respond quickly. If the first time your immune system sees the virus is when you are exposed, then it takes two weeks to build antibodies and that is a long time for COVID-19 to do damage and this can lead to more serious illness. The small fragments of the spike protein in the vaccine are enough for your body to be ready, and they break down and leave your body without any other damage.”

“Restrictions have saved us again this time, but they are not a long-term solution. Getting vaccinated is preventative. There have been no hospitalisations caused by vaccination, despite nearly 60,000 doses being delivered. We had nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in the latest surge, but in the period under review (14 March – 1 May) this resulted in 92 hospitalisations and very sadly, 19 deaths.”

9 May 2021 Home Page, News

BHB moves to limited visitors from Sunday 9 May

Friday 7 May 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that, given the return to a lower prevalence of COVID-19 in Bermuda, it will once more allow limited visitation from Sunday 9 May 2021 for acute care and long term care patients.

Key changes include two visitors allowed at any one time for acute care patients in the ACW, one visitor at any time for acute care patients in the General Wing, and long term care patients can receive one visitor for two hours each day.

Norma Smith, Vice President, Clinical Operations (Acute and Ambulatory), comments: “With the community cases declining, we are very pleased that like the rest of Bermuda we will open up a bit more and once more welcome visitors. We ceased visitation during the worst of the recent surge, but prevalence is low enough for us to once more have visitors, and we are very happy that the mothers in long term care or acute care wards will be able to reconnect in person on Mother’s Day.”

Due to the need to maintain physical distancing within the Emergency Department and Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre, however, requirements for people attending the Emergency Department are not changing, and patients should attend alone. Companions will only be allowed when the patient is vulnerable, under 18 (legal minor), or if the patient is combative or near end of life. Should a patient pass away, ED will allow an additional person to support the companion. In such circumstances, ED will only permit up to three companions in the ED family room.

Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke, Chief of Emergency, notes: “We appreciate there are circumstances when a patient needs a companion, but outside of the stated exceptions, we do not have the internal space to have patients and companions, while ensuring physical distancing and safety for all. We certainly empathise when there is a passing so will allow up to three people in the family room so that the companion has support, but we still need to ensure and practice safety first at all times and unfortunately can’t accommodate larger groups of family and friends.”

The following requirements must be followed when visiting any BHB services:

  • Visitors must be masked at all times, including in patient rooms
  • Visitors must maintain physical distancing at all times, including in patient rooms
  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infection will not be allowed to visit
  • If someone has travelled, they should only visit after they have a negative day 14 test.
  • For infection control purposes, visitors will not be allowed to use patient bathrooms and will need to use public restrooms on each floor.
  • Overnight stays are not allowed at this time, other than in exceptional circumstances.

All current visiting requirements are listed below:

Acute care patients in the Acute Care Wing units (Ace Barber, Ascendant Partner Re, Catlin Lindo): patients who are not on isolation can have up to two visitors in their room at any one time between noon and 8pm.

Acute care patients in the General Wing (Curtis Ward): as these rooms are smaller and have other patients in, acute care patients in the General Wing (Curtis Ward) can have one visitor in their room at any one time between noon and 8pm.

Isolation patients: For patients on isolation due to a known infection of any kind, or in the first 24 hours of admission while waiting for results of the required COVID-19 test, two designated support people pre-identified by the patient will be able to visit for up to two hours per day.

Intensive Care Unit: Designated support people allowed to visit for two hours between 10am and 2pm, or 4pm and 8pm. Visitors must be on the ICU visitors list.

Maternity:

  • One designated support person may stay up to 8 hours after the birth
  • If the mother is not discharged within 24 hours, the one designated support person will be allowed to visit up to 4 hours a day between 10am and 6pm
  • Doulas will be allowed for the birth with a support person

Acute Inpatient Care for Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute services (adult, child and adolescent services):

  • Pre-identified support people can visit for 30 minutes each day between noon and 6pm
  • Support people should check in at the front desk
  • One person can visit at any one time and visitation will be in a public space, such as a family conference room

Long Term Care (KEMH and MWI), including Group Homes:

  • One designated support person can visit for two hours each day between noon and 6pm. No isolated patients can have visitors.

Emergency Department and Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre:

  • Patients should come to Emergency on their own, to minimise numbers in the ED waiting room and ensure physical distancing is possible
  • Exceptions for one visitor will be made in the following circumstances:
    • Vulnerable individuals and children (1 parent/support person)
    • Combative individuals
    • End of life cases
  • Please note if someone dies in the ED or is brought to the hospital after passing away, only one person and one support person for that individual can attend. Up to three people can be in the ED family room. Other family and friends should not attend as there is not adequate space to gather safely, and the ability to offer viewings very limited.
7 May 2021 Home Page, News

Hundreds of roses donated to KEMH nurses

Thursday 6 May 2021: Demco florist donated 300 roses to nurses at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) today, marking the official start of Nurses Month this year.

“We felt there was no one more deserving than nurses on the frontline of treating patients in Bermuda, to get a rose thanking them for their service,” said Demco owner Carmen Phillips.

“We are in awe of the work the hospital nurses do,” said Marguerite Clarke, Demco creative director.

Three boxes stuffed with the 300 individually wrapped orange, yellow, red and pink roses were joyfully accepted by BHB Chief of Nursing Judy Richardson.

“This is the second year that Demco have surprised us with this wonderful gift,” she said. “They called us about two days ago so that we could be on hand to accept them. It is a truly spirit-lifting gesture for all our nurses. No one is expecting it. As we deliver the roses, excitement erupts in the departments.”

“Everyone is happy. We thank Mrs Phillips of Demco for choosing to reward our dedicated, hardworking nurses in this way.”

“Last year as we were coming out of lockdown, I thought we had to give a big show of support to KEMH nurses, something to brighten their day. It was completely coincidental that it was also the start of Nurses Month,” said Mrs Phillips.

“I wanted to repeat it this year, especially after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the stay-at-home and curfew orders in place. I thought: Let’s do it just ahead of one of busiest times – Mother’s Day. It brightens the spirt of the Demco team whenever we are able to gift our beautiful blooms to deserving groups!”

6 May 2021 Home Page, News