The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has responded to rumours circulating on social media that it is on ‘lock down’ and that shooting incidents have occurred on the wards and in and around the immediate vicinity of the hospital.
Communications Specialist Lyn-Marie Deane has refuted the rumours, saying such statements are all false and unfounded.
She said that following yesterday’s Grand Kadooment celebrations, the QEH responded to a mass casualty incident in which a number of patients presented to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department (A&ED) with soft tissue and orthopaedic injuries resulting from gunshot wounds.
Deane said a few patients had been admitted while the majority were seen and discharged.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the QEH, Dr Dexter James said there were no reported incidents of violence within the hospital compound or within close proximity to the hospital’s premises.
He also said that during his walk around today, patients presenting to the A&ED were seen without any difficulty, and in-patient admissions and out-patient clinics operated 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.
He further stated that the Board would continue to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to strengthen the hospital’s security and in the event that the need arose, the QEH would draw on the RBPF to complement and supplement the hospital’s existing security arrangements.