UCC temporarily closed due to COVID-19 pandemic

Saturday 4 April 2020: Following the announcement that Bermuda has entered a state of emergency, BHB is suspending services at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre from Saturday 4 April 2020. This is being done in order to focus much needed resources on the KEMH Emergency Department.

Dr Chikezie Dean Okereke, Chief of Emergency, comments: “We have seen in other countries the strain that Emergency Departments have experienced due to an influx of COVID-19 patients, and the strain is compounded because staff themselves can also become sick or need to be quarantined, reducing overall resources. We have looked at how best to keep our emergency services open and running for Bermuda at this time of great challenge and anxiety for the community. We believe that we now need all of our available staff in the Emergency Department. We apologise for any inconvenience and remind people that they can travel during the 14 days of sheltering at home for emergency care.”

Dr Okereke adds: “If people start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are worried they have been exposed, they do not need to panic. For many people this is a mild enough disease they can manage at home, with plenty of fluids and Tylenol, if needed. Please be aware of the risks of age and existing medical issues, or if symptoms get worse, call your doctor, the COVID-19 Hotline at 444-2498, or the Emergency Department Telephone Triage at 239-2009. There is a COVID-19 symptom checklist assessment that can be found on both the BHB and Government websites to help you determine your course of action, but don’t just turn up if you think you need care. Always call first.”

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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.

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