Thermal Detection Monitors At Hospital Entrances

January 15, 2021 | 2 Comments

[Updated with video] The Bermuda Hospitals Board has thermal detection monitors at their entrances; and if your temperature is too high, a recording announces that your access is denied and a red light flashes, and if you are wearing a mask and do not have a fever, the monitor will display your temperature and sound a message giving you permission to enter.

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] is the first company on island to use thermal detection monitors at its entrances. Three monitors have been in use since Christmas Eve in a pilot of the devices. Two Bermudian companies provided monitors from two different manufacturers for the project.

“They are located at entrances to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Acute Care Wing main lobby and Emergency Department and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute’s main entrance.

BHB Pilots Thermal Detectors Bermuda Jan 2021

“The stand-alone machines have thermal sensors that detect your body temperature. You simply stand in front of the device and it advises you exactly what to do.

“Specifically designed to address concerns with the spread COVID-19, the monitors will advise you to wear a mask if you don’t have one on, or if it does not cover your nose and mouth. If your temperature is too high, a recording announces that your access is denied and a red light flashes. If you are wearing a mask and you do not have a fever, the monitor will display your temperature on the screen and sound a message that giving you permission to enter.

“We’ve had a great response from staff and the public since we’ve introduced the thermal detection monitors,” says BHB Security and Fire Officer Earlene Wilkinson. “People appreciate the move away from the personal contact involved in manual temperature taking.

“Both brands are compatible with our access control doors and so we will have the ability to programme the entrance doors not to open automatically if you are not masked or if your temperature is too high.”

“BHB has protocols in place to manage persons who are denied access. Emergency staff wearing protective equipment will attend to those who were trying to go to the Emergency Department. Those attempting to access other services will be advised to contact their physician.

“The pilot will run until the end of January.”

Update 2.50pm: Video showing how the device will tell a person to wear a mask if they are not wearing one or wearing it incorrectly, and also for clarity the video is a sample and the person only did that with the mask to show what happens, you are supposed to wear a mask when approaching the hospital doors.

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  1. Not the first to do this
    Aecon was doing this for the workers at new airport site.

  2. Theresa says:

    I’m pleased to say, its exactly what is needed. There still people not using their masks. On jan 3rd I was at the hospitals ER and noticed a gentleman had fallen asleep not wearing his mask. I arrived to see him laying there and security did nothing. Everyone needs a mask to be worn in public. These devices protect us all. Well done to the hospital..

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