Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital Horror Stories: Emergency Patients Not Treated After Over 24 Hours Wait!

Health Care Barbados Style!

The Nation Newspaper has surprisingly published a fairly accurate report of conditions in the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Patients waiting for hours bathed in their own vomit, a man with a broken jaw not seen for over 12 hours and still counting when reporter Melissa Wickham left and on and on and on.

But don’t you worry none, folks… the Minister of Health has announced that things will improve soon, for at least until the coming election is over.

After the election?

Well, by that time all the money will have been spent on the Cricket party, so Barbados will have to wait until the following election time before any money can be promised to health care – once again, just for the election, mind you!

A & E Agony

THE DOOR to the No. 2 medical records booth in the Accident & Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital doesn’t work. Patients have to pull on it with all their might until it becomes unstuck.

Unfortunately, it’s not the only thing in that department that needs fixing.

An elderly woman in a wheelchair vomits after waiting hours to be seen by a doctor. She is wheeled from the waiting room into the examination area, only to be told there are no available beds. So she waits longer on the inside, bathed in her own vomit.

A young man who sustained an injured jaw in a freak accident while swimming, waits with the patience of Job after arriving in the A&E from 2 a.m. early Tuesday, but up to 2:30 p.m. the same day still had not received any medical treatment.

Yet, compared to a few others, some of whom had been waiting from 11 a.m. the previous day, his wait was relatively short.

Another youngster who gets tired of waiting tries to sneak past the guards into the examination room to see a doctor – he is quickly caught and physically escorted out of the A&E as he hurls threats at the guards. But, having no other recourse, he soon returns, taking up residence on the floor after complaining of a bad back.

A woman is given a receptacle to fill with urine; she is visibly uncomfortable with having to walk back from the bathroom in front of everyone – male and female – with the urine in the uncovered container as she tries her best not to spill it…

… read the entire article at The Nation News (link here)


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11 responses to “Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital Horror Stories: Emergency Patients Not Treated After Over 24 Hours Wait!

  1. That is sad, that the Minister of Health would place the Cricket games over the health of the Bajans. What if the tourists needed emergency care?

    Are we going to tell them to go puke themselves?

  2. Wishing in vain

    Sadly this is true reflection of the care these people have for the ones that vote for them.
    Even more sad is here we have the Goverment wasting away over $140 million on the Cricket world cup something which they will never recover their investment from, but on the other hand they are unable or just downright not willing to consider building a new hospital for we bajans.
    Yes Owing building a new hospital will create another opportunity for another facilitators fee being charged for you and your friends, actually so much of that has already gone on that we may accept this one more time if it were to mean that we benefitted with a new hospital.

  3. D'Arts

    I think our A&E is what gave me my hospital-phobia. As a child i was taken to the A&E for severe gas or something, the combontion of people groaning in pain, this guys fingers literally hanging, some guy peeing where he layed on two chairs while he howled in pain asking for help, really did a number on me haha

  4. FatherTime

    I like the idea of sitting there,for hours,
    just minutes away from medical attention,
    with a broken jaw.
    That must feel reeel good!

    The guy shoulda flown to Trinidad, where he woulda got better,prompter medical attention than THAT!

  5. FatherTime

    – and Ian Bourne believes the BS that Barbados is somehow 28th. in line to be a Developed Cuntry? Helloo-o-o?

    We are also around 24th. least-corrupt cuntry in the world,according to TI.
    I believe dah one,2!
    Some ppl 2easy tuh fool, nuh!

  6. Observer

    Looks like one L.A. hospital has found an innovative way to free up hospital beds, better hope QEH doesn’t take note.

    Paraplegic allegedly ‘dumped’ on skid row L.A.

    Police say man was dropped off in front of dozens of witnesses by van linked to Hollywood Presbyterian hospital.

    By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers

    February 9, 2007

    A paraplegic man wearing a soiled hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag was found crawling in a gutter in skid row in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being dumped in the street by a Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center van, police said.

    The incident, witnessed by more than two dozen people, was described by police as a particularly outrageous case of “homeless dumping” that has plagued the downtown area.

    “I can’t think of anything colder than that,” said LAPD Det. Russ Long, who called the case the most egregious of its kind that he has seen in his career. “There was no mission around, no services. It’s the worst area of skid row.”,0,7452706.story?coll=la-home-headlines

  7. Anonymous

    Paging jerome walcott…please give hospital a paint job. You know a lot of hard back men. Ask them to help paint nuh.

  8. Jerome Hinds

    Anonymous, says,

    ” Paging jerome walcott…please give hospital a paint job. You know a lot of hard back men. Ask them to help paint nuh ”


    Is it the back of the hospital ….that needs the PAIN…T…..????


    ….heard horrible news that four year old kid died in A+E waiting room at QEH….anybody else with more info..?
    ..if this true surely Jerome Walcott must resign

  10. H

    QEH sounds just like all the ‘world renowned’ and greatly revered ‘National Health Service’ hospitals of the UK!

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