Bougainvillea Clinic boasts Op Theatre, Surgical Ward & Imaging Unit
The opening ceremony for the three facilities took place on the grounds of the Bougainvillea Clinic, often referred to as the ‘Purple Palace’, on 15 Abbott Road on Saturday March 18, 2017 and was well attended.
The Operating Theatre was named after Dr Robin E. Tattersall OBE, the Medical/ Surgical Ward, after the late Geneva C. Harrigan-Lettsome and the Imaging Department after Dr Rodney Ellis.
Who are they?
Dr Robin E Tattersall, according to the Clinic, was born in Manchester, England and sailed, along with his family, to the Virgin Islands in 1965 to become the Government Surgeon.
He was the founder of the Clinic in 1973.
Dr Tattersall is also a sailor and sportsman, who represented the Territory at two Olympic Games. Dr. Tattersall is now a retired Plastic Surgeon. He was the only one of the three that the new wings were named after, present at the ceremony.
Mrs Geneva C. Harrigan-Lettsome was the mother of Dr Heskith Vanterpool, the owner of the facility.
She was one of the strong supporters of the facility and even performed the ribbon cutting for the opening of the renovated Outpatient Department in 2011.
Dr Rodney Ellis of the United Kingdom visited the VI with his wife Pauline, on several occasions for scuba diving and sailing excursions, and on one of those occasions, a conversation led to an offer to train Dr Vanterpool in Ultrasonography.
Within weeks, Dr Vanterpool had a small scholarship to do a preceptorship in Ultrasound at the Health Sciences Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and upon his return, Dr Ellis also provided him with a used Ultrasound Machine. As a consequence, Dr Vanterpool started the first medical ultrasound service in the VI in 1987.
Celebration for entire Territory
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) in his congratulatory message, said it was a celebration for the entire territory.
“This will undoubtedly allow our citizens to access good health good health care, which is a fundamental human right. This gigantic step will strengthen the institutional capacity and improve the cost and accessibility of health care for everyone in this Territory,” He said.
Premier Smith stated that the Bougainvillea Clinic has always played a significant role, in the development of the BVI’s Health Sector.
Mr Roy E. Barry, Deputy Director of the Social Security Board, with special responsibility for the National Health Insurance as well as Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Health and Social Development, also extended well wishes.
According to its website, the Clinic’s foundation rests on the remains of an early seventeenth-century Dutch fort, overlooking the western side of Road Town.
Its doors were officially opened in 1973 by Dr Robin E. Tattersall, FRCS (I), OBE, and began its transformation into a general hospital with a focus on the surgical specialties in 2007, when a special relationship was forged with the doctors of Eureka Medical Clinic.
On January 10, 2010, the finalisation of the purchase of the clinic was made between Dr Heskith Vanterpool of Eureka Medical Clinic and Dr Tattersall.
The first Outpatient Clinic was opened in 2011, then in 2017, the opening of the Urgent Care Services.
Among its offerings, are Urologic Surgery, Internal Medicine and related specialties, Aesthetic and Plastic surgery, Cosmetic Procedures/Skin Care, Pain Management, Orthopedic and Spinal Surgery, General and Laparoscopic Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat Surgery and Physiotherapy.