Dr Christopher Fosker Appointed Director of Oncology at BHB

Wednesday 28 October 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that Dr Christopher Fosker has been appointed to the position of Director of Oncology at BHB, taking over from Dr Sein Aung. Dr Aung will continue at BHB as a Consultant Oncologist.

As Director of Oncology, Dr Fosker will be the medical lead for cancer services at BHB. His responsibilities will include consulting with cancer patients in Bermuda and managing their care, working with healthcare partners here and overseas and developing cancer services on-island. He reports to the Chief of Medicine, Dr Michael Ashton.

Dr Chris Fosker joined Bermuda Hospitals Board as an Oncologist in May 2015, tasked with treating cancer patients with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and molecular therapy. Dr Fosker works also with Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre as their medical director overseeing the radiation programme. He is an affiliate medical staff member at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a consultant at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston. Prior to his arrival in Bermuda, Dr Fosker worked at St James’ Institute of Oncology in Leeds, UK. Dr Fosker has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and graduated from Leeds Medical School in 2003. He completed a Fellowship at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where he received the RS Bush Award for academic excellence. He was also this year awarded a fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK in recognition of his excellence and commitment in the field of oncology care.

Dr Ashton comments: “I would like to congratulate Dr Fosker on his appointment. Oncology services at BHB provide a critical service to patients with cancer in Bermuda, and it is a busy department. Chemotherapy treatments increased from 3,260 in fiscal year 2016-17 to 3, 943 in 2019-20 and the service is very highly rated in our regular patient satisfaction surveys. Dr Fosker’s relationships with patients and providers in Bermuda and overseas will be of great benefit in leading this ever-evolving department. A special thank you must go to Dr Aung who has led the department for the last six years, and we are very fortunate that he is continuing with us.”

Dr Fosker adds: “I am looking forward to building on the great work in Oncology in this role. We have a great team at KEMH and we remain committed to providing the best service possible for people in our community with cancer. Although this is a new role for me, I would like to reassure my patients that I will continue to be there for them.”

28 October 2020 Home Page, News

BHB celebrates Stroke Awareness Week

Tuesday 27 October 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Stroke Centre is focusing on stroke awareness for the public this week. Many Bermuda families are impacted by stroke every year.

“In recent years the number of stroke cases has increased significantly in Bermuda,” said BHB consultant neurologist and Stroke Centre Director Francene Gayle, MD. “Stroke is considered an epidemic on the island. An average of four to five people present at the hospital every week with stroke.”

Stroke is one of the leading causes of adult disability in Bermuda.

“The good news is that there are actions we can take to reduce our stroke risk,” said BHB Stroke Centre Coordinator Jamie Farrell.  “These include keeping our blood pressure at safe levels, lowering our cholesterol, following a heart healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake and controlling diabetes.

“To determine your stroke risk you can use the Stroke Risk Scorecard – National Stroke Association,” said Ms Farrell.

“Recognising the symptoms of stroke is vitally important,” said Dr Gayle. “Every second counts and fast action can actually save lives and often greatly reduce disability. Everyone needs to know the simple acronym BE FAST and what it stands for.”

During the week, BHB will be handing out wallet-sized BE FAST cards. The cards are an easy-access reference guide if you suspect someone is having a stroke.

BHB invites the public to take the daily Stroke Awareness quiz on the Bermuda Hospitals Facebook page. The quiz questions appear at 8am each day until Friday. Answers to the morning questions appear at 6pm each day.

On World Stroke Day, Thursday 29 October, BHB encourages the public to do a physical activity, as regular exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle that reduces the risk of chronic disease including stroke.

Tag BHB in your Stroke Day activity Facebook posts. The Stroke Centre team would love to know what you did.

You can download the Stroke Risk Scorecard and BE FAST flyer below.

Stroke-Risk-Scorecard-2018

BHB BE FAST Flyer

27 October 2020 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January to August 2020

Wednesday 21 October 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board Emergency Department (including the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre) attended to 123 cases in August. Nine patients had to be admitted to the hospital, 1 to ICU and 8 to the Acute Care Wing. Four of those who attended Emergency were tourists, 1 was admitted to ICU, the other 3 were treated in the Emergency Department and released.

21 October 2020 Home Page, News

Public Advisory: Road closure and traffic interruptions on Monday 5 October at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital

Friday 2 October 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board advises the public of a temporary road closure scheduled for Monday 5 October 2020 on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) campus. The closure will affect both vehicular and pedestrian through traffic from approximately 6:30pm until midnight.

To facilitate the replacement of some of the beds in the KEMH General Wing and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, a container will travel to the KEMH site, interrupting the flow of traffic along Point Finger Road from approximately 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Monday.

The container will be positioned on the KEMH through road between the ambulance bays and the General Wing lobby from 6:30pm, necessitating the closure of that section of the KEMH road until approximately midnight.

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, signage and directions of the security officers.

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

KEMH Road Closure Map – 5October2020

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2 October 2020 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board invites the public to Be Kind for Mental Health Awareness Week

Tuesday 29 September 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) through its Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) invites the public to Be Kind in its mental health awareness campaign for 2020. Kindness is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year and MWI is highlighting its connection to good mental health.

While we all know that when someone is kind to us it makes us feel good, research now shows that it is more far reaching than most of us may have considered – it actually has a positive impact on mental health.

In April 2020, an online survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK saw 63% of the 4,246 surveyed; agree that when other people are kind, it had a positive impact on their mental health.

BHB Chief of Psychiatry Chantelle Simmons, MD said, “Studies indicate that kindness is associated with increased happiness, wellbeing and life satisfaction.

“There are multiple opportunities for kindness as we go about our day. A compassionate word to a colleague, an encouraging text message to a friend or a video chat to check in with a neighbour are all good examples.

“Such acts of kindness may be one of the ways we create and maintain our social connections which is a key contributor to overall wellbeing.

“It is also important to be kind to ourselves. This may include self-care, meditation, or giving ourselves the opportunity to rest and recharge.”

Mental Health Awareness Week chairperson Shanay Scott said, “Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Sunday 4 to Monday 12 October. We are calling it Acts of Kindness Week and are encouraging everyone in the community to commit to doing acts of kindness. It may be to friends, relatives, work colleagues, complete strangers and, no less importantly, to themselves. Then, in a show of support for good mental health, we would like all those who did so, to wear green on Friday 9 October our Be Kind BDA Grub Day. Additionally we are inviting everyone to take photos and post to social media #BEKINDBDA.

“We also encourage the public to share their thoughts on kindness. Email essays, poems, artwork etc. to bekindbda@bhb.bm.”

The Acts of Kindness Week culminates with a Keep Bermuda Beautiful Committee (KBB) clean-up on Sunday 11 October. Participants should observe social distancing and carry out their clean-ups in small groups. Those who do not have a group can join MWI at 9am on Devon Springs Road.

On Monday 12 October, a proclamation on Mental Health will be read at City Hall at 12:30pm.

For more information on Acts of Kindness Week email bekindbda@bhb.bm. You can download the calendar of events and Kindness flyer below.

Mental Health Awareness Week-Events calendar OCT2020

Mental Health Awareness Week Kindness-flyer OCT2020

29 September 2020 Home Page, News

Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics for the period 1 January – 31 July 2020

Friday 11 September 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board road traffic accident statistics for June and July 2020 are as follows:

Total cases seen in the Emergency Department (at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre): June – 96,  July-133

Number of cases admitted to the Intensive Care Unit: June -1, July -2

Number of cases admitted to an acute care unit (not including ICU): June – 5, July -18

Number of cases discharged to overseas care facilities: June – 1, July -1.

Below is a year-to-date report and annual reports for 2019,2018, 2017  and 2016.

2020 Bermuda Hospitals Board Road Traffic Accident Statistics 1 January – 31 July 2020

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

11 September 2020 News

BHB doubles oxygen supply with $1m donation from Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation

Thursday 6 August 2020: BHB today officially ‘switched on’ its new oxygenator and thanked the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation for donating the $1 million needed for the equipment, which doubles the oxygen capacity of the hospitals and prepares it should there be a second surge of COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

 

The oxygenator arrived on island at the end of July and following installation, BHB Facilities staff have been trained in its use and basic maintenance. The equipment takes in air and condenses the oxygen from the air supply into a filling station. From there it can supply critical care or acute care beds in both the Acute Care Wing and General Wing of KEMH, or fill oxygen tanks.

Chief Executive Officer of BHB Dr Michael Richmond comments: “We are very grateful for this generous donation. There is no cure for COVID-19 and people hospitalised with this virus frequently need oxygen treatment, including ventilators and high flow oxygen treatments. We hope Bermuda does not experience a second surge in cases, but if we do, this equipment will help us save lives. We have the ability to expand the number of critical care and acute care beds, we have ventilators and other oxygen supplying equipment – and the oxygenator ensures we have the oxygen.

“Some hospitals overseas have run out of onsite oxygen due to the needs of COVID-19 patients. As Bermuda’s only hospital, with no other oxygen supplier on island, we could not afford for that to happen. The benefit beyond COVID-19 is that the island now has two pieces of equipment supplying oxygen, which adds redundancy into the system for our more routine treatments.”

Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr R Scott Pearman adds: “BHCF’s donation in April meant we could go ahead and place our order early. This has been absolutely critical. We bought the last available piece of equipment from the vendor and reports now indicate a shortage of oxygenators available for purchase globally. If we had not been able to move quickly, we would not be as prepared as we now are. We would like to thank the BHCF for the donation, and also the BHB Facilities and Procurement teams for their work in purchasing and running the new equipment.”

Chair of the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation Ms Penny MacIntyre comments: “No one wants to imagine struggling to breathe for any reason. COVID-19 means all of us are at risk and we want the assurances our hospital has what it takes to take care of us. Our thanks to BHB and Dr Richmond for identifying the urgent need for the oxygenator. Our ability to act quickly is as a result of the generosity of every individual, family and corporate donor who entrust the Bermuda Hospital Charitable Foundation to make key funding decisions that better our health, safety and wellness now more than ever. What a huge relief to know we have the resources to breathe when we need it the most.”

6 August 2020 Home Page, News

Agape House maintenance In August

Wednesday 5 August 2020: BHB today announces that Agape House patients have been temporarily relocated to Curtis Ward in the KEMH General Wing for about a month, while work is undertaken at the Agape House facility. Work will include some basic maintenance and the building will be tented for fumigation nearer the end of August. During this time the service will be closed to new inpatient admissions, but Dr Debbie Benson, BHB’s Palliative Care lead physician, will continue to offer palliative care consults by referral.

Granville Russell, Director for the service, comments: “This is essential work for us to maintain services over the longer term. We apologise for any inconvenience to our patients, but the relocation is essential for the work to be completed.”

During this time, the fax for referrals has changed to 239-2208, but emails and phone numbers for staff remain the same.

5 August 2020 Home Page, News

Increased visitation for KEMH acute care patients from 4 August

Monday 3 August 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that, given the sustained low prevalence of COVID-19 in Bermuda, that it will allow more visitation over increased hours for acute care patients at KEMH from Tuesday 4 August 2020.

Acute care patients in the Acute Care Wing units (Ace Barber, Ascendent 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 6pm.

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 6pm.

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.

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
  • 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

Norma Smith, Vice President, Clinical Operations (Acute and Ambulatory) comments: “We are encouraged by the sustained low prevalence of COVID-19 in Bermuda at this time and feel it is currently safe to allow visitation so our patients benefit from the love and support of their families and close friends. As front line carers, we see the difference it makes. We remain on alert, however. Our ability to increase visitation may change if there is evidence of second wave of infections in Bermuda. However, while it is safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming more visitors.

The following departments have also increased visiting hours:

Intensive Care Unit

  • Designated support people now 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 support person will now be allowed to visit up to 4 hours a day between 10am and 6pm
  • If the support person leaves the hospital during visiting hours they will not be permitted back on the unit

Visitation in other BHB areas remains unchanged at this time during the pandemic:

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 12 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 one hour each day between 12 noon and 6pm

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
    • Deaths (prior to or within the ED)
3 August 2020 Home Page, News

Consultation on draft Mental Health Act Code of Practice launched

Tuesday 28 July 2020: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that a consultation has been launched on a draft Code of Practice (the Code) relating to the Mental Health Act 1968 and subsequent amendments. As allowed by the Act, the Minister of Health has delegated the responsibility of completing the consultation on the draft Code to BHB on her behalf. The consultation opens today and will run until 4 September 2020.

The Code can be downloaded from here: Mental Health Act Code of Conduct_CONSULTATION DRAFT-July2020

Feedback should be provided by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Code-of-Conduct

The Code provides guidance to medical practitioners, BHB staff and approved mental health professionals on how they should carry out their responsibilities under the Mental Health Act when providing psychiatric treatment and care for persons suffering from mental disorder. The Code will also help patients and their families to understand what they can expect from health professionals who are assisting with their loved ones’ treatment.

This is the first time in Bermuda that a Code of Practice will be available to support the implementation of the Mental Health Act, and it will come into effect on 31 October 2020. It is intended that the Code will:

  • Ensure that all patients receive high-quality, safe care
  • Provide straightforward and accessible information about how the Mental Health Act is to be used
  • Clarify how decisions should be made about people’s treatment and support when it is suspected they may not have the capacity to make such decisions
  • Set out the over-arching principles that should guide the care of people who have mental health needs
  • Ensure compliance with the law
  • Protect patient rights

The Minister of Health, Hon. Kim Wilson, JP MP, comments: “I am pleased that BHB, on behalf of the Ministry, is sharing a draft of Bermuda’s first Code of Practice for all practitioners in the mental health field for feedback. We are looking for input from as wide a range of individuals and organisations as possible. We are particularly keen to have comments about the clarity and detail of the Code. We will review all feedback before finalising the drafting of the Code.”

If people who would like to participate in the consultation have any questions, please email Alick Bush at alick.bush@bhb.bm.

27 July 2020 Home Page, News