At The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we recognize every patient as an individual and strive to meet your needs on that basis. We realize that patients expect our hospital to be clean and safe and that we will provide high-quality clinical skills to treat your condition. We will do our best to ensure your experience of our services meets high standards.

We provide the following clinical services.

  • SURGICAL SERVICES

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    The Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care has a crucial role to play in several areas of the hospital.  The department provides anaesthetic services for elective and emergency surgeries in 8 operating rooms.  Various specialities served include:

    • General Surgery
    • Gynaecology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Ear, Nose & Throat
    • Ophthalmology
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Cardio thoracic
    • Urology
    • Dental
    • Neurosurgery

    The department is in-charge of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) which takes calls for emergencies from all over the hospital- Accident & Emergency (A&E), Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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    QEH-cardivascular_servicesThe Department of Cardiovascular Services provides cardiac services to the QEH and to the medical community of Barbados in general.  It also serves as a cardiac referral centre for the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana.

    The Department is divided into five major divisions:

    • Cardiac catheterisation laboratory
    • Cardiac surgical division
    • Anaesthetic division
    • Electro physiology/pacemaker division
    • Cardiac non-invasive division

    The department also operates 3 outpatient clinics- the Cardiovascular Clinic, the Paediatric Cardiac Clinic and the Cardiovascular Surgical Clinic.

    The acquisition of echocardiogram machines has significantly improved our echocardiographic service, both in terms of the efficiency, ease and timeliness of completing echoes.  We also continue to be proud of our performance in Holter monitoring.

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    Since the foundation of the Ophthalmology Department was laid in the 1970s, it has been recognized as one of the busiest departments at the QEH.

    With state of the art equipment, including a YAG laser, the department continues to respondto the needs of patients, including those who have undergone cataract surgery and those with acute and angle closure glaucoma.

    The department also provides oculoplastic services, supporting the needs of those with droopy eyelids, persons who require repair to tear duct obstructions and those who have tumours around the eyes.

    All consultants have been exposed to first world technology and procedures and have brought their expertise to the QEH in an effort to provide a high level of eye care in Barbados and the wider region.

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    Orthopaedics is the branch of medical science concerned with disorders or deformities of the spine and joints.

    The Department of Orthopaedics provides trauma and orthopaedic services to Barbadians and Non-Nationals.

    The recent Scoliosis programme highlights the positive impact the department has on the community-  just one aspect of their extensive work. Recently, a team of QEH doctors with the assistance of visiting surgeons for more complex cases addressed the needs of five persons with scoliosis, including corrective surgery and successful outcomes for all patients.

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    The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department of the Q.E.H. is a specialized surgical unit servicing patients with diseases involving all structures from the neck up with the exception of the eyes and the brain. In addition to servicing Barbadians, the department also services patients from the region.

    Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services are also provided to all wards in the hospital.  Cases are frequently reviewed in the Accident and Emergency department.

    Services provided include:

    IN-PATIENT

    • Operations involving the ears, nose and throat.
    • Operations involving fractures of facial bones and mandible.
    • Medical management of ear ,nose and throat diseases.
    • Hearing Screening tests for babies born at the Q.E.H.
    • Speech Therapy for all patients admitted to the Q.E.H.

    OUT-PATIENT

    • Operations involving the ears, nose and throat.
    • Medical management of ear, nose and throat diseases.
    • Audiology and Speech Therapy services in terms of testing and rehabilitation both at the QEH and the Children’s Development Centre.
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    The Department of Surgery provides surgical services to the entire population of Barbados for secondary and tertiary care in elective and emergency cases. It also provides services for patients referred from other Caribbean Islands for elective and emergency surgery. The department is also called upon to provide surgical services, particularly in emergency situations involving visitors to Barbados and persons who have become ill or sustained injury on ships in the waters off Barbados.

    The consultants in the department are associate lectures in surgery with the Faculty of Medical Sciences, and provide the main teaching in surgery for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

    The Department has progressed to the stage where patients are hospitalized for shorter periods for surgical procedures as compared to ten years ago.  There has been a similar advancement in other fields such as Urology and Breast diseases.  The addition of the Harmonic scalpel to the Department’s armamentarium has minimized blood loss, hence reducing the requirement for blood transfusions and reducing operating time.

    Our mission has been to provide good, safe surgical care to our patients on a cost-effective basis, and to seek to improve the quality of care we provide.

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  • WOMEN AND CHILDREN

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    The Department of Paediatrics continues to provide optimal quality care for patients of the QEH in the areas of:

    • General Paediatrics
    • Paediatric Intensive Care (PICU)
    • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)
    • Post Neonatal Care

    Paediatric Unit

    The Unit comprises two general paediatric teams and a short stay Unit.

    The general teams provide tertiary inpatient care and specialty outpatient care for paediatric patients to the age of 16 years.  They will provide experience of common paediatric conditions for interns and specialty paediatric training for postgraduate students.

    Short-stay Unit

    This team provides short stay secondary and tertiary inpatient care for paediatric patients to the age of 16 years.  It will provide experience of common paediatric conditions and specialty training for post graduate students in Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency and Family Practice.  The Paediatric Unit will be responsible for all programmes related to training care and research as they relate to general paediatrics.

    PICU

    This Unit provides care for critically-ill children from the post neonatal period to age 16 years and supports the post operative/post procedural care of children in other specialties in the hospital such as the Division of Invasive Cardiology, Neurosurgery and Scoliosis Programme.  It will provide specialist training in paediatric critical care for post-graduate residents.  The Unit will be responsible for all programmes related to training, care and research as they relate to critically-ill children.

    NICU

    This Unit looks after newborns, from providing support to the Department of Obstetrics for antenatal foetal problems and intrapartum and postpartum emergencies through well-baby care and care of critically-ill newborns.  It provides experience in the care of common newborn conditions for interns and specialty training in neonatology/perinatology for post-graduate residents.  The Unit is responsible for all programmes related to training clinical care and research as they relate to newborns.

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    QEH_obstetrics“The Health of the Nation is the Wealth of the Nation” is the theme from the Barbados Strategic Plan for Health (BSPH) 2002-2012.

    “There can be no nation without mothers”

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2007.

    The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology provides a wide range of obstetrical and gynaecological services to the mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts and nieces of our Nation.  The total Barbadian population size as taken from the BSPH (January 2003) was 270,400 in 2000 of which 51.9% or 140,338 were female.

    The specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is currently the most litigious worldwide due to the high settlements awarded especially in Obstetrics and the duration of liability extending for 18 years from birth.  The reduction of this risk requires that our doctors, nurses and support staff meet international standards for care excellence with respect to training, staffing levels, equipment and supplies.

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is the only tertiary hospital on the island and functions as a referral centre for other English Speaking Caribbean islands as well as a teaching hospital via the University of the West Indies.

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  • MEDICINE AND A&E

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    The Department of Medicine is committed to efficient, timely and compassionate care of all those persons requiring our services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  The department comprises the:

    • General Medical wards
    • Neurology
    • EEG/EMG Unit
    • Artificial Kidney Unit (AKU)/Dialysis
    • Respiratory Unit
    • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
    • Gastroenterology Unit

    The department admits 45% of all acute admissions; run 15 out-patient clinics, representing over 15 000 patient visits, and includes the subspecialties of dermatology and rheumatology.

    The Department of Medicine, therefore, probably represents half of the hospital’s patient population at any one time. In addition, the Department of Medicine admits all cardiology and haematology patients.

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    EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

    The Accident and Emergency Department is committed to the provision of quality, timely emergency care, to acutely sick and injured persons; both citizens and visitors alike.

    Formerly known as QEH Casualty, the department was transformed in 1990 into the new A&E Department.

    The department was pioneered by Dr Irvine Brancker and Dr Van Tyne. It opened with a team of initially 12 junior doctors and 2 consultants. Presently, there are 20 doctors in the department.

    As the busiest department in the hospital, they attend to approximately 45,000 patients each year.

    Offering patient care en par with some first world countries, Dr Chaynie Williams, the first female head of the department, applauds the skill set of her staff and also notes that the A&E improvement programme has put measures in place to make the visit to A&E a more comfortable one, including the addition of patient advocates, a redesign of the physical space, improvements to staffing compliments, improved outreach and efficiencies plus a concerted, ongoing effort to reduce waiting times.

    EMERGENCY AMBULANCE SERVICE

    The Emergency Ambulance Service has been in existence for over 20 years and has gone through various stages of development in keeping with changes in pre-hospital care.

    With the realization that morbidity and mortality can be lessened with good pre-hospital intervention, the concept of ‘scoop and run’ has been replaced by timely assessment and stabilization before transport to specific departments of care.

    The current fleet of 5 functional ambulances work around the clock to serve the population and services approximately 1200-1300 calls a month, a figure which has been continuously rising over the last few years. With additional ambulances and repairs to vehicles, it is envisaged that the EAS will be better able to manage the call volume in a more timely manner whether from the temporary Jemmott’s Lane Headquarters or the satellite station at Arch Hall Fire Station, St.Thomas.

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    The Department of Rehabilitation provides rehabilitative services to those who have suffered illness, disease, injury or disability.

    This hope is that this would prevent deformity, improve mobility, optimal function, employability and independence.  The services reduce bed days in hospital and sick leave, facilitate the integration of the patient back into the mainstream of society as well as holistically enhances the individual’s future health, quality of life, total well-being and capacity to resume self determined satisfying lives.

    Consequently, efficient and effective rehabilitation services facilitate the empowerment of patients and relatives to optimally participate in living life without being liabilities to families, communities and society.

    The Department presently comprises 3 units housed in separate buildings.

    These units:

    • Physiotherapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Orthotics/Prosthetics Workshop

    Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, assisted by Rehabilitation Therapy Technicians, administer therapy. The Orthotic/Prosthetic Technicians fabricate prostheses and orthopaedic appliances.

    Referrals are made to the Department by clinicians working on the wards and in outpatient departments of the QEH, as well as by Polyclinics, private medical practitioners, the Children’s Development Centre, and overseas.  The therapists and physician in the department carefully assess the needs of each patient referral, prescribe and implement appropriate treatment programmes.

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    In October 1993, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital opened its first ever psychiatric unit in Ward C4- a mixed-sex, 8 bed short-stay ward. Admission to the ward is on a voluntary basis. Ward C4 was significantly extended between 1995 and 1996 with funds bequeathed into the care of Dr George Mahy (Head of the Department of Psychiatry from 1993-2005) by the relatives of the late Dr Patrick Smith, a former Consultant Psychiatrist at The Psychiatric Hospital for a number of years.

    The Department of Psychiatry serves an important consultation-liaison function for the QEH and a major role in the delivery of community-based mental health services by providing acute care beds (2245 admissions for the period 1994-2005) and outpatient services (28,744 outpatient clinic visits for the period 1994-2005).

    Services provided by the department:

      • Inpatient and day hospital care for patients requiring acute care.
      • Outpatient services.
      • 24 hours emergency and consultation services to the QEH and affiliates.
      • Consultation-liaison services for other hospital departments.
      • Some neuropsychiatric services.
      • Participation in critical incident and occupational stress management for hospital staff, other health care professionals and, in some instances, for the broader community.
      • Participation in education programmes for health and allied personnel and for the broader community.
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  • DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

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    The core function of the Pathology Department is to provide accurate results in a timely manner to persons requiring laboratory investigations.  The services of the Pathology Department are among the first sought by Clinicians to diagnose and treat patients. It also assists in the prevention of diseases.  The Department offers free services to the inpatient and outpatient population, the Polyclinics, the Geriatric and Psychiatric Hospital and to Private Practitioners on a cost-recovery basis.

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    QEH_radio_therapyThe Radiology Department provides radiological examinations of both a basic and highly technical level to public and private patients within Barbados as well as to some private patients in the Eastern Caribbean. The Department of Radiology receives requests/referrals from over 80 units and receives an average of 50,000 requests/referrals per year.

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    The Department of Radiotherapy provides radiotherapy, oncology and nuclear medicine services to patients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, private or public, local or oversees.

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    The Pharmacy department provides a comprehensive pharmaceutical service seven days per week, to meet the pharmaceutical needs of both inpatients and outpatients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
    A recent Pharmacy upgrade programme has resulted in significant improvements to the department. These include:

    • Patient counselling booths in the outpatients’ dispensary area to provide greater privacy to patients
    • Introduction of audiovisual health promotional material via LCD television
    • Improved seating arrangement
    • New ticketing system making the waiting experience a more conducive and orderly oneQEH_pharmacy
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  • OTHER SERVICES

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    The Support Services are divided into a number of departments which underpin much of the Hospital’s clinical work.

    These are:-

    • Food and Nutrition
    • Medical Records
    • Central Sterilization Supply Department (CSSD)
    • Orderlies
    • Social Work
    • Laundry
    • Housekeeping
    • Telephone Operators
    • Sewing
    • Library

    Other essential Hospital Services include:-

    • Corporate Administration (including Legal, Public Relations, Risk Management and Project Management)
    • Engineering
    • Corporate Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
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