First Anniversary Of Hospital’s Acute Care Wing

September 14, 2015

Today [Sept 14] is the first anniversary of the move to the hospital’s Acute Care Wing, and figures to the end of August indicate that hospital staff have seen 31,830 patients in the Emergency Department; performed 11,548 surgeries; and given 22,340 dialysis treatments and 28,271 x-rays.

Chief of Staff Dr Michael Weitekamp said, “Today is the first anniversary of our move to the Acute Care Wing and I am pleased to report that in keeping with our goal, we are caring for our patients in these 90 beautiful, private rooms – significantly fewer beds than we have had in the past – and have been able to decrease the average time that each patient spends in the hospital.

King Edward Memorial Hospital KEMH Acute Care Wing Emergency Department Bermuda, September 13 2014 (1)

“Why is this good news? Hospital stays need to be as brief as appropriate for the clinical situation being addressed. Prolonged hospital stays are not in the best interest of patients. They can become de-conditioned from prolonged bed rest, depressed and profoundly sleep deprived from medication side-effects, frequent interruptions and unfamiliar surroundings,” Dr Weitekamp said.

“The longer patients remain hospitalized the greater their risk of acquiring infections, bed sores and of falling. Patients face these risks despite precautions we have in place to avoid each of them.

“Recent evidence also suggests that prolonged hospitalization can result in weakening of immune systems, the body’s natural defenses, and may actually increase the chances of another illness following discharge and result in repeat hospitalization.

Bermuda hospital KEMH generic

“We had made it clear before moving into this building, that in order to best serve the public, patients would no longer be allowed to remain hospitalized beyond the time clinically necessary for their unique condition.

“Our statistician Cyrlene Wilson has run the reports which show a decrease in average length of stay for patients since the move last September. Most months patient stays were on average, a day shorter when compared with the corresponding month of the previous year. This is good news as we are moving in the right direction.

“In addition to the individualized care and attention afforded by single patient rooms, we have instituted more focused discharge planning from the time of admission, using daily multidisciplinary rounds for patients and proactively assessing daily progress and potential barriers to discharge either to home, home with additional services or to a different venue for skilled nursing, rehabilitative or palliative care.

“It’s worth noting that shorter stays also reduce overall health care costs. Our move to this new facility was needed and staff agree it has facilitated improvements in service delivery.

ACW usage sept 2014 to August 2015 ccsx

“While you will appreciate that no one can predict how many people will need to use the facility and while we did not build expecting to see significant increases over last year, we thought the public would be interested in some usage stats and have provided a list for you of services that moved to this wing last September.

“Figures up to last night show there have been 3,832 admissions to the new wing since opening. Figures to the end of August indicate that we’ve seen 31,830 patients in the Emergency Department, administered 7,408 chemotherapy treatments, performed 11,548 surgeries, given 22,340 dialysis treatments, 3,236 MRIs, 6,340 ultrasound scans, 9,902 CT scans and 28,271 Xrays.”

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  1. questioning mind says:

    Be interesting to see how much health care costs have increased in the last year to keep this thing going ….
    Also, is there still a problem of so-called bed blockers?

  2. Fed Up Bermudian says:

    Be interesting to see how much the printed brochures cost, too. I have to ask in this day and age of austerity if that glossy-paged publication they put out was necessary. It’s not like there’s a competing institution we have a choice to use…

    • BHB Public Relations says:

      Dear Fed Up,
      The magazines that were given out free today were left over from last year. We did not print any additional magazines this year.

      BHB Public Relations

    • X says:

      Actually there are competing institutions … sadly people think by going abroad they will get superior treatment. This is not always the case, but it is always more expensive.

      • Very thankful says:

        That’s right! I would go overseas in a minute….they haven’t changed poor attitude, accountability or poor service. No thanks.

  3. PBanks says:

    Curious, are there plans to renovate/relocate/demolish the old hospital section? The new wing is definitely snazzy and feels completely fresh, but the old section still feels like the set of an old movie.

    • Barbara Cooper says:

      They have already done many renovations and made many improvements in the General Wing.

  4. JONO says:

    What about the former Queen Elizabeth Nurses residences and offices…now vacant?…but expensive office space being rented on Wesley Street…and
    stores???renting in Mill Creek..

  5. Great idea…now…could you supply adverage prices for said treatments…nitty gritty stuff rally…

  6. Common Sense says:

    These people are trying to make the best of our hospital. I have seen hospitals in jamaica, across Africa, in Trinidad and we have a pretty good hospital. Stop seeking to reinforce your negative perceptions which are based upon previous experiences. Support the hospital and its endeavors to improve the quality of care in the island. I know that there are weaknesses in every system but it appears to me that they are working diligently to improve in those areas. There is no motive to do otherwise. Lets get behind them and be constructive in our criticism.