College students tour BHB solar panel installation

Friday 12 March 2021: Six Bermuda College students enrolled in the Applied Science and Technology programme toured the solar thermal panel installation at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in February. Accompanied by their technical sciences lecturer, engineer Joseph Weeks, the students, all male, were shown the control room and the solar thermal panels on the roof of the Acute Care Wing. The tour was led by the Acute Care Wing facility manager, who provided detailed information on how the system works and how the panels are secured.

“The tour provided the students with a first-hand look at the practical application of what they learn in the classroom,” said Mr Weeks. “It’s important for their development to be able to perform in the real world. I thank Bermuda Hospitals Board for accommodating us particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

12 March 2021 Home Page, News

Caring for the Caregiver donates to BHB nursing staff

Tuesday 9 March 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) nurses and nursing aides on the Ace Barber Unit received gift boxes from two local students this month.

Alaiyah Hayward from Bermuda College and Jezhari Talbot from Berkeley Institute made the donation from their newly formed charity – Caring for the Caregivers (CFTC).

“CFTC’s purpose is to support our essential workers while also contributing to our local economy, by creating self-care baskets for workers with items sourced from local businesses,” the duo said in an email to BHB.

The email continued: “We have chosen to donate boxes to essential workers at your place of employment. We are looking forward to your reply to this email so we can organize how we can distribute them. We are truly thankful for what you have done for our country!”

When contacted, Ms Hayward and Ms Talbot said they wanted the gifts to be given to nurses on the Ace Barber Unit as this is the ward where the majority of patients who test positive for COVID-19 are admitted, unless they require ICU treatment.

On Monday 1 March, Ms Hayward presented 15 boxes at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital to BHB Chief of Nursing Judy Richardson, Clinical Director Medical/Surgical Services Karen Raynor and Ace Barber Clinical Resource Nurse Dunae Richards.

“This is such a thoughtful gesture from Ms Hayward and Ms Talbot,” said Ms Richardson. “We truly appreciate the gifts and I’m sure our nurses will love them. They are beautifully packaged, demonstrating the care their charity is all about.”

“The nurses and nursing aides were excited with their gifts,” said Ms Richards. “They were unexpected and welcomed. It completely brightened the day of the 15 recipients.”

Each box contained a mixture of items sourced from local vendors, including Coco Aroma, MarketPlace, Royalty Rootz, Esso, Quench Bermuda, Salt+Cedar, Naked Zero, Ahmani’s Cookie Company and ESC Limited.

The gift boxes were made possible through donations from Chubb and Validus Re.

Pictured Above: Judy Richardson, Chief of Nursing; nurse Carolann Tacklyn; Karen Raynor, Clinical Director Medical and Surgical Services; Alaiyah Hayward, Caring For the Caregiver; Dunae Richards, Clinical Resource Manager, Ace Barber; and nursing assistant Elizabeth Dore

 

9 March 2021 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January 2021

Wednesday 3 March 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) road traffic accident statistics for the month of January 2021 show that 96 cases were seen in the Emergency Department of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre. Three of the 96 required admission to ICU and 14 to other acute care wards. One minor, a 16 year old, was among the 14 admitted to general wards.

You can download a copy of January’s statistics below.

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

 

3 March 2021 Home Page, News

BHB Food Services team completes nutrition course

Wednesday 24 February 2021: Seventeen members of the Food Services team at Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) completed a 16-week nutrition course this month. The sessions were led by registered dietitian Arlene MacGuinness, owner of ANEW – Applied Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness.

ANEW is registered as an advanced facility with the Bermuda Health Council’s Provider Advantage Programme.

“The Food Services leadership team and all the cooks took the course,” said BHB Food Services Manager Norman Gardener. “The presenter was engaging and it was good to have our team’s nutrition knowledge refreshed.”

Although already trained in nutrition, BHB Executive Chef Thomas Frost said: “The course was beneficial in that it brought the whole team together where we could pause and focus on how we can improve our service, both to patients and to staff.”

“Focusing on nutrition fuels the excitement I already have about cooking and creating meals,” said Sivakumar Senthamaraikannan, cook for 7 Point Café, the staff cafeteria at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH). “I thank management for recognising the need for this type of culinary and nutritional training, and I am looking forward to forging a greater relationship with the dietitians.”

“Knowing I play a part in the health of staff and patients who eat what I prepare motivates me to do my best,” said cook Romey McDonald. “To know what’s nutritious and how to retain the nutrition in those items so that they can benefit those who consume it is important.”

Assistant Food Services Manager Nathalie Barnett-Dill said: “This focus on training is a part of Food Services’ mandate to ensure our team stays current with opportunities that are available in the ever-evolving food industry.”

Deputy CEO R Scott Pearman said: “On behalf of the management team, I congratulate the Food Services team for investing in measures to ensure our patient and staff meals have the appropriate nutritional balance, taste and quality presentation. With the vast array of dietary restrictions our inpatients have to adhere to, the job of our Food Services staff can be challenging, but they are dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for all our patients.”

The culinary training course included the following:

Session 1: The Power of Food

Session 2: Nutrition Standards and Tools

Session 3: Carbohydrates

Session 4: Fats and Oils

Session 5: Proteins

Session 6: Vitamins, Minerals and Phytochemicals

Session 7: Planning Healthful Menus

Session 8: The Flavour Factor

Session 9: Healthful Cooking Techniques

Session 10: Communicating Nutrition Messages

Topic 11: Food for Healthful Living

Topic 12: Serving Guests with Special Health Needs

24 February 2021 Home Page, News

BHB survey asks, ‘What would make you proud of hospital services?’

Thursday 4 February 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today released a short one-week survey for the community to have their say about the hospitals and what improvements it could make to make them more satisfied with local hospital services delivered from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre and BHB group homes.

BHB’s current five-year strategy ends in March 2021, and work is well underway to develop a pathway for the next five years. BHB is asking the community what they think is working and what they think needs to be improved. The short survey takes just a few minutes to complete.

CEO & President Dr Michael Richmond comments: “We are a community hospital, and ensuring the voice of the people who need us and use us is reflected in our strategy helps us identify improvements and strategies that will make a difference for patients and their families. We want to make Bermuda proud, but what does that look like to Bermuda residents? We hope people will take a few minutes to have their say.”

People can use the QR code above using their cell phone, or click on this link for the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BHBCommunity

The survey will be open until Thursday 11 February 2021.

4 February 2021 Home Page, News

UCC returns to longer weekday hours

Tuesday 2 February 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today confirms that the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) has returned to its pre-winter plan weekday hours of noon to 8pm from Monday 1 February 2021. Weekend hours and services remain the same, 9am to 9pm, with X-ray service.

Weekday hours were reduced to 4pm to 8pm between 18 December to 31 January so that clinical resources could focus on the Emergency Department, where there is usually an increase in seriously unwell people during the winter period.

Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke, Chief of Emergency, comments: “We are very happy to return to our usual weekday opening hours at the UCC once more. Focusing our resources on the Emergency Department in December and January was once more very helpful in managing an unusually high number of very unwell and staff-dependent patients, who required multiple diagnostics. With lower than usual flu this year, however, we now feel comfortable returning to our pre-winter plan hours.

“We appreciate the understanding of the community as we seek to do our best to care for the people who need our services.”

2 February 2021 Home Page, News

Preston Swan takes on acting COO role

Monday 1 February 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that Preston Swan is taking on the role of acting chief operating officer. Alongside his leadership role at Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI), where he has served as vice president of MWI clinical operations for the last three years, Mr Swan will take over responsibility for Facilities Management, Security, Estates and Property Management, and Hotel Services (which includes Laundry, Environmental Services and Dietary).

These departments were previously the responsibility of Scott Pearman when he was chief operating officer. As Mr Pearman recently assumed responsibility for a number of BHB strategic projects in his new role as deputy CEO, Mr Swan is taking executive leadership for these critical operational areas of BHB. He will report to CEO & President Michael Richmond, MD.

Mr Swan joined BHB in 1989 as a mental health nurse. He worked on various mental health wards and was promoted to the position of unit coordinator in 1993. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of clinical coordinator of the Community Homes Programme, and in 2004 to the post of clinical director of Turning Point Substance Abuse Programme. Mr Swan held this position until late 2008, when he became vice president of Quality & Risk Management. In 2017, he was appointed vice president of clinical operations at MWI.

Mr Swan trained as a registered mental nurse at the Sussex Downs School of Nursing in England. In 1992, he undertook further training at the Sheffield School of Nursing in England, gaining three ENBs in developments in mental handicap nursing, teaching and assessment in clinical practice, and care in the community. In 2008 he achieved a Master of Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Mr Swan also serves as a director of the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation.

Dr Richmond comments: “BHB believes in the leadership potential of its staff, and our succession plan identifies the people ready for development opportunities, for stronger and more experienced leaders. I’m very pleased that Preston has agreed to take on a number of executive leadership responsibilities alongside his responsibilities at MWI.

“BHB is working incredibly hard to manage the pandemic response, encourage vaccination, improve care and quality, and develop a new strategic plan that will guide the continued development of our services. Preston will be a valued addition to the team at a very challenging time.”

1 February 2021 Home Page, News

BHB road traffic accident statistics for January-December 2020

Thursday 28 January 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board statistics for the year 2020 are now available and show the following:

  • 1,173 cases were seen in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre
  • 152 had to be admitted for their injuries, 16 of them to the Intensive Care Unit
  • 2 were discharged to overseas facilities for further treatment
  • 18 were tourists
  • 7 were under the age of 18

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 – 31 December 2016

28 January 2021 Home Page, News

More visitors allowed from 27 January

Wednesday 27 January 2021: Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announces that, given the return to a lower prevalence of COVID-19 in Bermuda, that it will allow more visitation from Wednesday 27 January 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 an hour each day.

Norma Smith, Vice President, Clinical Operations (Acute and Ambulatory) comments: “We have watched the encouraging drop in local transmission over the last couple of weeks and believe it is safe enough to once more allow more visitation, although everyone is reminded that masks and physical distancing remain mandatory. People who are visiting will need to have a temperature check and mask check as they enter the building and, as before, people who have travelled should not visit friends and family at the hospitals until they have a negative day 14 COVID-19 test. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and restrictions may have to be increased should prevalence rise again; please call the unit if you are unsure. Please also remember that visiting for all areas, except ICU, ends at 6pm and visitors will not be able to access the wards after this time. Please work with us to keep patients safe.”

People attending the Emergency Department are reminded, however, that companions should still not attend with them other than in exceptional circumstances.

Dr Chikeze Dean Okerekie, Chief of Emergency comments: “Although the prevalence of Covid-19 in Bermuda is presently low, we still have to socially distance and consequentially, the ED waiting area cannot accommodate every patient having a companion. The ED will allow one companion in cases where 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 three companions in the ED family room. BHB cannot accommodate groups of family and friends due to the pandemic restrictions on gatherings and having people in enclosed spaces. We recognise how difficult such moments are, but need to ensure and practice safety first at all times.”

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.
· If someone has travelled, they should only visit after they have a negative day 14 test.
· Overnight stays are not allowed at this time, other than in exceptional circumstances.

As different areas have responded at different times in response to the pandemic, all current visiting requirements are listed below:

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.

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 support person will now 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 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
· 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. Family and friends should not attend as there is not adequate space to gather safely, and the ability to offer viewings very limited.

26 January 2021 Home Page, News

Mental Health Act Code of Practice now available

Monday 18 January 2021: The Ministry of Health and Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) today announce that the Bermuda Mental Health Act Code of Practice is now available, following the consultation process last year, a process which was undertaken by BHB on the Ministry’s behalf.

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.

It can be found at https://www.gov.bm/mental-health and the link is available on the BHB mental health website at www.bermudahospitals.bm/mental-health

The Minister of Health, Hon. Kim Wilson, JP MP, comments: “I’m very pleased that the Code of Practice is now live – the first ever Code of Practice in Bermuda for mental health. It will provide clarity to all mental health professionals in Bermuda about how they should carry out their roles and responsibilities under the Bermuda Mental Health Act with the goal of delivering high quality and safe care. It outlines protections for patients and explains roles, rights and responsibilities. It is both a guide for professionals and also for patients, families and their carers.”

Preston Swan, VP of Clinical Operations, Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, comments: “BHB is very happy to have supported the consultation process on behalf of the Ministry. It is a great step forward in Bermuda that mental health professionals now have this important Code of Conduct to guide our work and to ensure that safe, effective and consistent services are delivered to people in Bermuda. It is also a great guide for patients, families and carers, setting transparent and clear expectations on how services and processes under the Mental Health Act should work.”

18 January 2021 Home Page, News