The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will soon benefit from four
Medical consultant in charge of Accident & Emergency at the
QEH, Dr David Byer, said that as early as next month the new
Toyota ambulances could be in operation.
“Unfortunately at present we only have one ambulance
and one utility response vehicle which we are using as an
ambulance. So for now we are utilizing the private ambulance
services,” Byer said.
But he assured that “soon our fleets will be supplemented
with up to six ambulances and we will be able to function
effectively as an emergency ambulance service on our own,
except in special situations where we would require the
With regard to the 13 three-wheeled ambulances that were
recently donated to the Barbados Government, Byer said that
this would not cause them to deviate from having more normal
“I don’t think those vehicles are there to be any mainstream
ambulances. I can definitely say they would not replace what
you normally see on our roads because they do not have the
capacity, they do not have the space and the function to be,”
Byer mentioned that they might have a role which is yet
to be determined.
“We were given the gift so the task now is to see if they
can be integrated somewhere,” he said.
Additionally, Byer said he was concerned about the
number of Barbadians who were currently abusing the
“It is not a widespread
thing, but it concerns me. A
couple cases where we would
have gone for patients with
very, very minor complaints.
Centipede bite to the toe,
toothache and other minor
cases,” Byer lamented.
He urged them to stop that practice because they could be
preventing the ambulances from assisting someone with a more
emergent situation. Adding that once a patient is in the vehicle
it becomes unavailable to others for quite sometime.
Byer was speaking at a Press conference today held at the
QEH, to give an update on yesterday’s mass casualty which
claimed the life of one.
He praised all those who assisted yesterday saying that it
was a collaborative effort which caused the operation to run
smoothly for the most part. (DB)