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QEH looking to speed up cataract surgery

QEH looking to speed up cataract surgery

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Monday launched a programme to eliminate the waiting list of patients for cataract surgery. Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James this morning revealed that some 500 Barbadians were awaiting surgery to correct the medical condition. The QEH, he said, would work with private health care institutions through the Cataract Initiative to […]

The wrong mix

The wrong mix

Have you ever wondered why your doctor recommends that you don’t take certain medicines with certain foods and beverages? Or why your body may react negatively to certain prescribed medications? Pharmacist Paul Gibson sought to explain why at a public lecture earlier this week.  He pointed to the example of grapefruit juice, which affects certain […]

Deadly diets

Deadly diets

Every day at least one Barbadian suffers a heart attack, while two suffer strokes, according to a leading pharmacist, who described the situation as a crisis. Speaking yesterday at a lunchtime lecture organized by the National Council on Substance Abuse on the topic Prescription Drugs and You, pharmacist Paul Gibson said the island was on […]

New code of conduct for medical practitioners

New code of conduct  for medical practitioners

Medical practitioners here will now be required to adhere to more than just the Hippocratic Oath, which requires them to uphold specific ethical standards, with the launch by the Barbados Medical Council of a new code of conduct. Sexual harassment, confidentiality and refusal of treatment are among hot button issues covered in the extensive document, […]

Cases of respiratory illnesses on the rise

Cases of respiratory illnesses on the rise

Many Barbadians who thought they had the flu last month actually suffered from respiratory illnesses, according to the Ministry of Health. In a statement released today through the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the ministry said there was in increase in the number of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) – a virus that causes […]

Support for kidney sufferers

Support for kidney sufferers

A kidney transplant programme has been revived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), and Barbadians are being urged to consider becoming kidney donors. This positive development for the approximately 1000 Barbadians suffering renal failure, and the additional hundreds needing dialysis treatments has come thanks to the work of Transplant Links Community, a UK registered charity, […]

Mottley wants round the clock hospital service

Mottley wants round the clock hospital service

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley wants the island’s only public general hospital to become a 24-hour facility, with at least two polyclinics opening during similar hours to support its operations. As far as Mottley is concerned, every department in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) should be effectively manned around the clock, and individuals should also be […]

New hospital plans on back burner

New hospital plans on back burner

Government has all but placed plans for a new hospital on the back burner, with the focus now on improving the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), according to Minister of Health John Boyce. Delivering the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) lunchtime lecture at the party’s headquarters at George Street, St Michael Friday, Boyce said financial considerations had […]

Frightening number of kidney ailments undiagnosed

Frightening number of kidney ailments undiagnosed

An alarming number of Barbadians with kidney ailments are undiagnosed, according to a local medical practitioner. Dr Lisa Belle, who specializes in the branch of medicine that deals with kidney diseases, said while 300 Barbadians undergo kidney dialysis and over 1,000 experience renal failure, there was an undisclosed number who do not even realize they […]

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