As it continues its week of activities marking its 54th birthday, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) provided all staff with a sweet treat when it held its annual cake-cutting ceremony.
Director of Medical Services Anthony Harris said, “today, we are thanking God for bringing us safely and successfully through another year, and celebrating the hard work and commitment of our staff to their duties.”
Communications Specialist Lyn-Marie Deane said this year’s anniversary celebrations were being held in conjunction with the Diabetes Association of Barbados, and some of the cakes reflected this.
“Given our partnership with the Diabetes Association, this year we have also included some gluten-free cakes to get away from the excessive butter and sugar content. We got cakes from Price Smart, Purity Bakeries, Cook’s Finest, Chef Cameron, Mike’s Bakeries and Denny’s Caterers, and we will distribute them among the entire staff.”
Deane said the week of activities commenced on Sunday with a service at the Bethel Methodist Church. This was followed by a symposium for medical staff on Monday, where guest speakers addressed topics including Diabetes and the Family, Anti-Microbial Resistance and Pharma Co-Vigilance. On Tuesday, staff watched a documentary entitled Sicko by controversial American film producer Michael Moore, which looked at health care systems in several countries around the world.
Thursday is Open Day at the QEH while Friday is Staff Appreciation Day. Deane explained, “The theme for this day is Back to school, so we are encouraging staff to come out in their old school ties or epaulettes, and we will have massage therapists coming in. We’ll also offer health checks. In the evening, we will be hosting an after work lime on our playing field.”
The celebrations continued on Wednesday evening as the Diabetes Association held its John Grace Memorial lecture and panel discussion at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre in Queens Park. (DH)