The private health care sector in Barbados has been given a major boost with the official opening of a new state of the art Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bayview Hospital today.
Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, in welcoming the development, said it could not have come at a better time as Government continues to be challenged by the inability of the public health care sector to adequately service the island’s needs.
“In today’s complex environment, governments grapple with the challenges that confront the delivery of quality health care services to a population. These include issues such as access and population coverage, quality and safety, cost and value for money, coupled with visions for improving health status and responding to demands for more sophisticate services. Barbados is no different,” Bostic said in his feature address to the opening.
He said while Government had a primary responsibility to ensure the availability and access to health care for its people, there had been a growing acceptance that other partners could make a significant contribution to the development of the key sector. Bostic also pointed out that the private health care sector accounts for 55 per cent of primary care services in Barbados.
With the addition of the ICU, Bayview Hospital is set to significantly expand its service offerings.
In fact, Hospital Administrator Jules Reid said it would enable doctors who practice at the hospital to perform complex surgeries onsite.
The upgrade involved the conversion of one of the hospital’s semi-furnished private rooms into the intensive care unit, which fully adheres to international standards.
The hospital has also retained a team of experienced emergency personnel to provide 24-hour monitoring for patients warded there.
“It is a very exciting time for Bayview Hospital. We can now cater for surgeries, which require post-operative ventilation and have the capacity to support high dependency medical patients needing ventilation and close monitoring.
“We remain focused on being the number one choice for private health care in Barbados and, as such, we will continue to invest in increasing our medical capabilities, both now and into the future,” she said.