Staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital joined with Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Dexter James, today to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Barbados’ premier health institution.
James told staffers and members of the Press that the QEH is seen as a referral centre in the region and the premier health institution in the island.
Citing a number of statistics to bear out the critical role the institution played in the island, James said annually 40,000 patients visit the Accident and Emergency Department, 16,000 receive pre-hospital emergency care, 21,000 are admitted to the hospital, 3,000 babies are born there and there were 140,000 out-patients.
James said the management of the QEH was in the process of exploiting existing technology to enhance the operations of the institution.
He pointed out that the hospital dispensing services were now fully computerised and that the laboratory now has a laboratory information system that could disseminate results throughout the hospital.