Video: Acute Care Wing To Open Sept. 14

September 3, 2014

After extended work and a successful campaign to raise the millions of dollars necessary to complete it, the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital [KEMH] Acute Care Wing is set to open to the public, with the new emergency department to open its doors on Sunday, September 14 at 12.01am.

The Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Dialysis, Oncology, and five surgery theaters, as well as three wards on three floors totaling 90 beds, will be housed in the new wing.

Construction of the Acute Care Wing was financed partly via the Bermuda Hospitals Board’s “Why It Matters” campaign, which sought donations from businesses and members of the public in order to see the project brought to life, with over $30 million raised so far.

Video by Method Media:

A Bermuda Hospitals Boards [BHB] spokesperson said, “Last month over 800 people toured the new state-of-the-art facility. Method Media has captured the building process in the above video.”

The video highlights the long history of the hospital, focusing on both the people who have made its good works possible, and the many different physical shapes its facilities have taken over the years.

After providing its historical overview, the video goes on to showcase the most recent renovations and construction of the Acute Care Wing, giving viewers a chronological look at its progress, ending with a view of the finished product as of September 2014.

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Very nice. A showpiece. Huge open atrium. Lots of glitz. I am sure it will be a very nice place to work.

    One thing in short supply. Where is adequate parking for what is now a very large facility? No multi story parking with covered access to the hospital? I am hoping that the little carpark to the south of the building is for exclusive use of outpatients, visitors, emergency patients & perhaps volunteers such as the Pink Ladies. Can’t see it being large enough for them never mind the fulltime staff who will want to park in it.

  2. Unbelievable says:

    Really? You’re moaning about the parking lot?

    • PBanks says:

      I think it’s a fair question myself with regard to parking. The parking lots at the previous facility were often full to capacity, so it would be good to know that there will be ample parking to support the new facility when it opens.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Why yes I am moaning about the lack of parking. There has ALWAYS been a lack of parking at KEMH. Then there is the missuse of what is available by those who park where they should not be. It is a Bermuda thing. Everyone thinks that they are entitled to park wherever they please. Illegally parked cars should be towed at owners expense but they are not.

      Meanwhile a building that is supposed to be servicing people & has a regular flow of people in & out all day is a nightmare to find shorterm convenient parking around.

      A 4 or 5 level carpark on the Berry Hill side is needed.

      • serengeti says:

        A few years ago my 3-year-old son was ill. I took him to my doctor, who said we should immediately go to the hospital. I went to KEMH, parked and rushed in with my sick son. This was at about 9.00am. He was admitted, and ended up spending ten days in hospital.
        At about 6.00pm, exhausted, worried, concerned, I left my son in the ward and went back to my car, to find it clamped. I can’t recall what it cost – $160 I think. I would gladly have punched the person responsible.

  3. mumbojumbo says:

    It is of this we…we are acutely aware!

  4. Terry says:

    It’s all about money.
    Who gives a crap if you can’t find a space.

    If you had 1000 patients and 100 emergency situations a day it would have fallen into the plan. But hell….Point Finger Road is owned by Doctors anyway.


  5. Bernews that was very good footage, and thank you for the story, I am 50 years of age and learning still of history I was never taught in school, that is one of the things P.L.P failed to do, is implement much more of our own history into the school system and I don’t see O.B.A doing to much to change it either, I truly believe if our young people would be given the depth of true Bermudian history they can appreciate the foundation on whose they stand, you can’t go forward if you don’t look backward to see what it is you are building upon, and even if you are going to cut a new trail, it still comes on the hill’s of what once was, and this is why we can appreciate this story, it is good to see the state of the art 21st century facility, but it is on the foundation of what once was that makes it that much more appreciative.