BHB: Some Damage, Care Not Compromised

October 18, 2014

[Updated] While Hurricane Gonzalo did cause some structural damage to several Bermuda Hospital Board [BHB] buildings, patient care was not compromised by the storm and all patients and staff are reported to have remained safe throughout the night’s events.

A BHB spokesperson said, “BHB confirms that despite some structural damage, patient care was not compromised and all patients and staff were safe throughout the storm.

“There was damage to the roof of the Continuing Care Unit [CCU] building and Montrose Cottage, and some flooding in the KEMH General Wing and Acute Care Wing [ACW].

“There were some minor structural damage to the glass in the new patient garden and solar panels on the roof in the ACW, but no services were interrupted. There are no major issues to report from the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

“25 CCU residents were relocated to the vacated old Emergency area, and 13 were moved from their rooms to the CCU Activities Room for safety, where they were settled for the rest of the night. No other patients had to be moved.

“All issues throughout the storm and after are being dealt with by on-site teams, clinical staff and management. A detailed assessment of all areas is now being undertaken. Cleanup and maintenance of all impacted areas is underway.

“BHB would like to remind residents to take great care as they manage their properties and help out in their neighbourhoods to avoid injuries and potential life threatening situations with downed wires and trees.”

Update 2.55pm: A BHB spokesperson said, “Visiting is limited to 6.00pm to 8.00pm this evening [Oct 18]. The UCC is structurally fine and will continue to see patients through today to midnight. Normal weekend hours [noon to midnight] resume tomorrow.”

To follow our ongoing live blog covering Hurricane Gonzalo click here, for our post-storm photo gallery click here, and for all of our Hurricane Gonzalo coverage click here.

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