Reader Reports Large Police Presence At Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital – People Being Turned Away

“Just came from the hospital at 9.45 p. m., there is a large police presence in the A&E and they are preventing persons from entering or leaving A&E. I do not know what is going on. A lady arrived with her son who is suffering with asthma and they would not let her in either.” … posted by a BFP reader on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 10:04pm Barbados time.

Does anyone have any further info?

Can our reader tell us how many police officers? Were they in a defensive posture as if something was happening or perhaps guarding a prisoner? Can you share any  other details?

15 Comments

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15 responses to “Reader Reports Large Police Presence At Barbados Queen Elizabeth Hospital – People Being Turned Away

  1. De Orginal

    It will be in the news at 630 am which is about now all questions will be answered.

  2. Anonymous

    I now understand that there was a murder and an attempted suicide.

  3. parent

    I am not saying that this is what is happening now but when my son was in the hospital there was gang warfare and there was an injured gang member on the same ward.

    One had to go through a metal detector to enter the hospital and there was a police presence on the ward as another gang was trying to get at the the other gang’s injured member.

  4. crossroads

    murder and suicide completed

  5. oh that's nice!

    That’s really nice!
    Someone turns up with an asthmatic child, and is turned away by the cops.!

    A&E consider asthma one of the most life-threatening things (it only hurts when I breathe??) – ah boy Bayduss gyne dung-hill fass!

    and I mean DUNG-hill.

  6. Undertaker

    Asthmatic child turned away? If that were my child he/she would have gone in, I can bet you that. When the police say jump, people jump too easily, they have to remember they have rights.
    And turning away an asthmatic is equivilant to committing murder!

  7. Undertaker

    Oh, and as for the “gangs” if we get a little solialist and exterminate them, or let them take each other out we would not have to worry about some of the foolish violence that we have today. Barbados has to be taken back! Not only from the politicians and other corrupt gov’t officials but also from the “poor black boys” on the block who terrorise people under the disguise of being poor. Until………

  8. Win/win, brother!

    But,Undertaker, whuh you worried bout?

    You are The Final Dispatcher,
    and when De Men done “communicating” wid de gun shots,
    your fellas come along to pick up the mortal remains, and you a lickle business!
    Whuh yuh worried BOUT?

    This is one of those rare self-solving situations,
    where everyone’s happy.
    Me, You The Undertaker, Society in general
    (two less criminals: assuming there’s some accuracy involved, and they shoot ea.other DEAD)

  9. Underdog

    Unbelievable! Has anyone heard what happened to that child? To turn away someone having an asthma attack is unconscionable. There is no excuse for that. That officer/person needs to be held accountable for his/her actions.

  10. Hants

    Turning away an athsmatic can be a death sentence.

    My mother died during an Athsma attack while on a stretcher in the Emergency room at the QEH. This was not the fault of the Doctors or the Hospital but I say this to show that Athsma can kill.

    In Toronto, A 14 year old boy was in an ambulance that was redirected from a hospital nearby to one that was 40 minutes away.

    He died before he reached the other Hospital.

    BFP you are doing a public service by carrying this story.
    Athsma is a dangerous illnes that can kill.

  11. more

    What actually happened which would cause an asthmatic child to be turned away? Do we know?

    Anyone consider that, in these circumstances, it might have been safer for the asthmatic child to seek medical attention elsewhere than to enter the QEH.

    They might have been turned away because of a personal safety issue.

  12. Anonymous

    After protests by the mother she and the child were eventually allowed in to use the Nebulizer.

  13. Vote with care!

    “After protests by the mother she and the child were eventually allowed in to use the Nebulizer.”

    Eventually!
    Meanwhile the child’s brain was starved for a steady flow of oxygen!

    Must’ve been ‘fun’ for both the mother and the child.
    Maybe she’ll think carefully about her upcoming vote.

  14. Hants

    more asks,

    “Anyone consider that, in these circumstances, it might have been safer for the asthmatic child to seek medical attention elsewhere than to enter the QEH.”

    Understand this. There is nowhere safer than a Hospital Emergency room with Medical doctors and Nurses giving immediate care to a person having an Athsma attack.

    I am a chronic Athsmatic and has been advised by more than one Specialist that if you are having an attack you should get to an Emergency room as soon as possible.

    If you don’t you could die from heart failure and or collapsed lungs.

    Athsma attacks require immediate Emergency medical care.

  15. unapologetic

    Too many of Barbados’ police officers wear blinkers when dealing with the public, so it is not at all surprising they would turn away whoever, asthma or not. They can’t tell the difference between law abiding citizens and thugs, because all are treated the same way. But the rank and file are not to blame, they don’t run things, only carry out orders like androids.
    Whatever the security issue at the Hospital, I believe they should make sure it continued with its primary mandate, providing care for the children of the country.