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Peebles Hospital performs its first Pacemaker Insertion Procedure

Dr Roger L. Miller performs first pacemaker implant at Peebles Hospital. Photo: Provided
Dr Miller was assisted by a team of Nurses and Anaesthetists at the Operating Theatre of the Peebles hospital. Photo: Provided
Dr Miller was assisted by a team of Nurses and Anaesthetists at the Operating Theatre of the Peebles hospital. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Peebles Hospital has made another giant leap in the delivery of world class health services with the successful completion of the first in-house pacemaker surgery. This procedure adds another key medical service to the offering list of the Territory’s lone public hospital

A pacemaker is an electrically-charged medical device that is implanted under the skin to help manage irregular heartbeats. This procedure is critical for patients with cardiovascular issues; and this successful procedure performed at the Peebles Hospital on March 13, 2018 is a milestone achievement.

While sharing this exciting news, Chief of Medical Staff, Dr June M. Samuel stated that “Healthcare services for patients with cardiovascular conditions (heart disease) in the Virgin Islands have taken a giant step forward.”  

She reported that, “Heart disease remains the number one leading cause of death in our population which also has a high prevalence of diabetes and hypertension.” Dr Samuel said “Cardiovascular disease is a natural complication of these comorbidities and it is imperative that as part of controlling the cost of health services or just keeping cost down, the Health Services Authority expands into  the provision of services such as these locally.”

The procedure was performed by Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr Roger L. Miller who has over eight years of experience in cardiothoracic surgery. As a member of the BVI Health Services Authority’s medical staff, Dr Miller currently leads the team tasked with the development of cardiothoracic services at the Peebles Hospital.

In his comment on the procedure and the Cardiac Services Initiative; Dr Miller, stated “the procedure was done in the operating room under local anaesthesia with some sedation.  Electrodes were passed through large veins and secured on the inner aspect of the heart with the use of x-rays to visualize the procedure in real-time.”

The surgery was a success. Dr Miller shared that “after the procedure, there were no visible mechanical parts and the procedure was so seamless that the patient was able to return home within 24 hours after implantation and following observation.”

In further commenting on the prognosis of the patient Dr Miller said; “The risk of complication from this procedure is very low once adequate precautions are taken.  These devices can last for many years before being depleted and is largely dependent on how much the patient requires it.  If adequate follow up is maintained, then replacement can be done close to the time of depletion.” 

 “I am very happy to be leading this initiative at the Peebles Hospital.  We look forward to continued pacemaker placement and monitoring as well as introducing other devices, such as implantable cardioverters and defibrillators (ICDs),” Dr Miller added.

The Cardiothoracic Surgeon was assisted by a team of Nurses and Anaesthetists at the Operating Theatre of the Peebles hospital.

The BVI Health Services Authority, in addition to the provision of cardiovascular implant services also provides pacemaker clinics on a weekly basis.  It is expected that there will be ongoing expansion of the services to the residents as part of its overall strategy and vision towards the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services on island.

14 Responses to “Peebles Hospital performs its first Pacemaker Insertion Procedure”

  • just asking... (18/03/2018, 13:14) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    Is Dr miller local?
    • nope (18/03/2018, 14:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      he's from Jamaica
    • question (19/03/2018, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      More importantly, Is this man a specialist that he could be performing these type of operations without supervision? smh. Stop practicing on my people without proper training.
      • ?? (19/03/2018, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I don't understand. The article said he is a cardiothoracic surgeon. I believe that suggests he is practiSing a specialist discipline. Not sure why you would also assume that he does not have the proper training suggesting as well that the hospital is run by fools who hire doctors who have not been vetted. If you really believe all of that, then for the sake of your well-being medically, you should think about moving elsewhere.
      • Sick (20/03/2018, 17:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        what a stupid old goat you are can people preform surgery without the experience
  • Sara (18/03/2018, 14:38) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations!!! to the entire Nurses and Dr. Miller. Great Job Nurse Wisdom.
  • Nice (18/03/2018, 20:50) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Met Dr.Miller while I was hospitalized and I must say he was very nice and professional. Congrats on a job well done Doc good to see progress in our health care system.
  • NezRez (19/03/2018, 00:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    So happy to see the medical staff is doing this great work. I wish the patient a speedy and healthy recovery. Success!
  • Care? (19/03/2018, 07:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Since When did June Samuel start caring about patients? Stop taking credit for another man's work!
  • BVI Finest (19/03/2018, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great Job Dr. Miller!
    Well Done!
    Your World Class Credentials are obviously well deserved! :)
  • Jamican (21/03/2018, 14:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You are just minded

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