QEH promises improvements


Officials at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) announced that the institution was stepping up efforts to deliver more efficient services to the public as it began celebrations marking its 52nd anniversary today.

While touting that significant improvements had already been made over the past year Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned facility Dr Dexter James told the congregation at this morning’s service at the Mount Zion Holy Church in America, Black Rock, St Michael that further advances were on the way.



“Some of these include continued improvement in our appointment system, management of our out-patient clinics, reduce and sustain the improvement of waiting times at our Accident and Emergency department and reduction in backlogs in the entire health care [system]. Rest assured that the management will continue to work tirelessly to find solutions to these challenges many of which are extremely complex in nature,” he said.

James acknowledged that the institution had faced many challenges in the past but expressed satisfaction that the organization has remained stable.

“One of the most significant recent developments has been the launch of an initiative called A.I.M, which stands for Achieving Improved Measurement.”

This, he explained, would help the hospital to achieve the accreditation of selected services as it expanded its vision to deliver enhanced services to locals and Caribbean citizens.


Dr James also highlighted plans to explore the “benefits of information and communication technology as a major transformational pillar for improving access to imaging studies, laboratory results and decisions.”

The hospital CEO said he was confident the Martindales Road facility would achieve its objectives based on continued support from the public and the private sector.

“I am encouraged by the level of good will and support by the Barbadian public. I would like to thank them for their tremendous feedback on how the QEH can meet their needs.


“Gratitude can also be extended to the private sector and other philanthropic organizations who have contributed vital equipment towards the physical upgrade that have led to the upgrade of our services. Through your philanthropic contributions the QEH has raised in excess of ten million dollars in donations over the past three years.”

Also addressing the service, Bishop Sinckler Howell praised the QEH staff for their sterling service over the years and encouraged them to continue to fight the good fight.

“Despite negative comments that come your way, you should still be proud of the work that you have done over the years. Continue to be proud of your achievements. Never depend on your intellect alone, but always put your trust in God,” Howell told the QEH representatives.

21 Responses to QEH promises improvements

  1. Hal Austin November 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    What is a new improvement? Is it the same as an old improvement?

  2. Edmund Harrison
    Edmund Harrison November 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    New improvements? Or improvements? Seeing they have been none

  3. Gloria Springer
    Gloria Springer November 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Time to rebuild

  4. AniRo Burke
    AniRo Burke November 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  5. Alex Alleyne November 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    This QEH chief keep talking about a “cash strap” Institution and in a flash the public are going to get improved and efficient service.
    Did you get a “Ton Of Cash” all of a sudden on its 52nd anniversary?.

  6. Tony Webster November 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I had hoped that this administrator, of known standing and ability, would have brought about fundamental changes to this institution. Instead, he now, apparently, struggles against the tide, and merely reads from the the same hymn-sheet as his political master. If he could not bring about the required changes in Q.E.H.’s culture, and in functioning, he should have done the decent thing, and moved on. As he stands, he is now complicit in keeping the patient half-alive…half-dead… but wow… The patient is yet ambulatory, so therefore….progress! Yes, intended!

    Bottom line: the usual frothy, weak soup.

    • Phil November 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Tony Webster, you will recall I outlined a developmental program for the QEH whereby they can earn over $9 million per annum and that aside business can become a profit center for them to stop begging and purchase all their supplies. I travel soon so I will try to follow from overseas.

  7. Ashlee Bedford
    Ashlee Bedford November 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Lies ! Nasty, disgusting hospital

  8. Nicole Clarke
    Nicole Clarke November 13, 2016 at 7:45 pm


  9. Jude Parker
    Jude Parker November 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Lol sure

  10. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa November 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Hahaha we all got to end up QEH one day

  11. Brien King
    Brien King November 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Why are you people spending money on that very old hospital, when a new hospital is critically needed? And the new hospital will have all the new gear to go with it. Why waste money on new gear for a old building that don’t in most cases have what the new gear needs to operate it properly? Sigh, am I the only one thinking here ?

  12. Ormond Mayers November 14, 2016 at 1:26 am

    The issue is not a brand new building, but the attitude of the Doctors and nurses who duty is to provide care. The challenge at the Hospital is, for too long the Doctors were getting away with slackness. It is my view, there is no way a Doctor in private practice should be allowed to serve at the Hospital.

  13. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis November 14, 2016 at 1:36 am

    First you have to start with some fans on the wards, the patients are desperately in need of some.

  14. Tony Webster November 14, 2016 at 2:23 am

    @Phil: between you and the illustrious Boos ( Brass Tacks Sunday, yesterday’s edition) we have so obviously a wealth of talent, which lies forlorn, “just beyond our imagination”… or perhaps recognition and implementation? Same applies to so many other and neglected talents hiding in plain view like B.A.R.P. Bizzy folks, and not overlooking those would-be investors who eventually throw hands in the air, and take off to Bermuda, St.Lucia etc.

    I scratch for words to describe such abject waste and neglect, which when properly used, would be the I/V drip we so desperately need to save this country
    Kindest regards; safe travel, and safe return!

  15. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse November 14, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Hope soo….pt’s feel better n recover fast…the staff would function better n spirit

  16. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 14, 2016 at 11:27 am

    When black bird cut teeth.

  17. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar November 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Wow not surprised the way you think guess you feel it would be better under WHITE RULE

  18. Tony Waterman November 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    First off, this Institution will NOT move forward, unless they get rid of Dr Dexter who Allegedly was NOT/NEVER considered for this position in his Native T&T.

    @Tony Webster!!!! this administrator, of known standing and ability, are you kidding me??see above

    @Brien King!!!!Yes you are the only one thinking, Backard, first off, where is the Money going to come for to build this super Hospital you talking about ?? we already owned by T&T and China, so who next???
    next!!! the Hospital is already in the Best place for it to be, unless you can find somewhere on the ABC that is as equi distant from all the Parishes. Starting to Rebuild from the Old General Site i think is the best plan, and can be done piece by piece.
    what you want and what you can afford are two complete different things.
    Three P’s should be considered also, The Royal Ottawa Hospital here was just rebuilt this way and the Government will get ownership in 25 years, meanwhile the Partners will Maintain the Building until then.
    just my thoughts on this Topic.

  19. freeagent November 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I am appalled at some of the above comments in relation to our lone QEH which was built in the sixties when Barbados had a population of maybe less than a quarter million residents. Everyday we hear of shootings, vehicular accidents, various chronic diseases etc, when persons have to be hospitalized. Who pays for these services? It would be wise if we were charged for services offered by the QEH to the hundreds that visit there on a daily basis, then there could be improvements that we crave.
    England, our mother, has discontinued a number of services that were offered at its various hospitals because of economic reasons. Barbados is also struggling with its economic situation, education, roads, health, all of which are given to us free of cost. We are an ungrateful people.


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