Management of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is refuting reports circulating on social media of a shooting incident at
the state-run medical facility on Kadooment Day.
However, the hospital was Monday forced to initiate mass causality protocols following a shooting incident on Spring Garden Highway during the climax of the annual Crop Over festival that left one man dead and at least 18 others – including a six-year-old child, who was grazed by a bullet – nursing gunshot wounds.
Police today suggested that the death of 20-year-old Taried Junior Rock of 3rd Avenue, Chapman Lane, St Michael was gang related but are yet to nab the alleged perpetrators of Monday’s violent act, which sent revellers and onlookers scampering for safety and also sullied the image of the Crop Over festival. The injured were all transported to the QEH by ambulance for medical attention.
However, in a statement this evening the hospital categorically denied that any shootings had occurred on its wards or in and around the immediate vicinity of the island’s premier health care facility.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James also assured that the QEH was operating as normal with patients being seen by the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department without any difficulty.
James also said that in-patient admissions and out-patient clinics were operating as scheduled.
“The Board of Management and staff of the QEH will continue to provide a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff and will respond to any imminent threats as the need arises,” James said, adding that the hospital would continue to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to strengthen its security.
Should the need arise, the CEO said the QEH would draw on the RBPF to complement and supplement the hospital’s existing security arrangements.