QEH pays tribute to Sir Richard

Acting director of Medical Services signs the condolence book today.
Acting director of Medical Services signs the condolence book today.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital today expressed the sadness at the death of teacher, colleague, co-worker and friend, Sir Richard Christopher Haynes.

In a statement issued today, the administration of the QEH said: “We extend deepest sympathies to his wife, Dr. Carol Jacobs, Lady Haynes, and to his sons and family.

“Sir Richard had a long and distinguished association with the QEH. After a Barbados Scholarship facilitated his medical studies in Edinburgh, he returned home as a Consultant in Internal Medicine at the QEH.

“He worked at the QEH in the late 1960s when there were only three consultants in the Department of Medicine, the other two being Dr. Harold Forde and Dr. Oscar Jordan. He established a reputation among his colleagues as a great diagnostic expert and eventually became head of the Department of Medicine.

“He established the hospital’s first Intensive Care Unit, the only one at that time in the English speaking Caribbean with state of the art patient care. He served as chairman of the Medical Staff Committee before retiring from active hospital medicine and being appointed as an Honorary Consultant in the Department of Medicine.

“In 1998, Sir Richard served as chairman of the Advisory Commission of Enquiry into the QEH (The Haynes Commission) to chart the way forward for the hospital.

“Sir Richard had a distinguished public service career, including serving as Minister of Finance under Prime Minister Errol Barrow and founding the National Democratic Party. He was subsequently knighted for his contributions in the fields of medicine and politics.

“Amidst his many sterling contributions to society and nation, we at the QEH are proud to remember this distinguished Barbadian as our Dr. Richie Haynes.”

A condolence book as he place at the main entrance of the hospital where staff and visitors can record their last respects to the late Sir Richard.

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