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Bougainvillea Clinic boasts Op Theatre, Surgical Ward & Imaging Unit

The Bougainvillea Clinic is now boasting an Operating Theatre, Medical/Surgical Ward and an Imaging Department. Photo: VINO
The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon: (L-R) Asha A. Black, Bougainvillea Clinic Manager Dr Heskith Vanterpool and Mrs Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
The ceremonial cutting of the ribbon: (L-R) Asha A. Black, Bougainvillea Clinic Manager Dr Heskith Vanterpool and Mrs Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the opening ceremony for the three new facilities of the Bougainvillea Clinic on Saturday March 18, 2017. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the opening ceremony for the three new facilities of the Bougainvillea Clinic on Saturday March 18, 2017. Photo: VINO
The Bougainvillea Clinic was officially opened in 1973. Photo: Internet Source
The Bougainvillea Clinic was officially opened in 1973. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands’ first private hospital, the Bougainvillea Clinic, has added an Operating Theatre, Medical/Surgical Ward and an Imaging Department to its offerings, naming them after three distinguished individuals who played an active role in the facility’s success.

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.

27 Responses to “Bougainvillea Clinic boasts Op Theatre, Surgical Ward & Imaging Unit”

  • Cuz (19/03/2017, 12:41) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nice all the best doc
    • Our so-called modern Hospital is a joke.. (19/03/2017, 15:29) Like (36) Dislike (12) Reply
      Look at this. I'm so shame of our new Hospital.. these are the investments they should have made instead of giving away 7 million and waste another 50 million on Cruise Pier.. a Heart and cancer unit... Here is the maths. Get 2 specialist for each department at a salary of a hundred grand a year for each,. That's 600 grand. Let's say they put aside 1 million to cover salary for these department per year. That's peanuts compare to what we are paying out...We save Millions in NHI and we the parents also save..This Hospital s a joke. Can't walk no way close Hospital in Trinidad or Santo Domingo.. me my friends and my family will be voting for health care and NHI re-form...Big up to Doctor Vanterpool you doing great things. U make our government look like fools. Just work on making your services affordable. God bless you.
  • Awesome (19/03/2017, 13:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great accomplishments. God bless you n this establishment.
  • ann (19/03/2017, 14:16) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I love my NHI
  • hmmm NHI (19/03/2017, 14:21) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    NHI has truly helped some more than others.
  • Andrew Cox Sr (19/03/2017, 14:55) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Doctor V; continued success to you and the family
  • Great. too expensive Though. (19/03/2017, 15:19) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great for health Care. But expensive as hell. They are making hey out of NHI I was told 5 million plus.. Reduce the price help us. Increase your blessings and your profit...
    • Killing it (19/03/2017, 16:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's so true, went there the other they to ask for a procedure to done on me, and the price they gave me had my head spinning, I even ask the receptionist if the price she gave me what is NHI going to pay ? She said that's mind to pay and NHI will pay the difference. But because I had over seas insurance, I went that route, PR and thank you god all I paid was $93 and got my procedure done,so all I can say NHI is to get them doctor rich in a few years from now, and I pray to god NHI last that long for who really need it bad
      • Yes (19/03/2017, 18:43) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
        So you think he was able to purchase millions in equipment by giving away his services? It's a business and to have quality human resources, infrastructure and equipment IT COSTS MONEY! Peebles Hospital will never be on this level as long as the people of this Territory remain so backward in thinking and selfish. We want the Hospital to reduce fees, improve service and pay every local doctor a much bigger salary, HOW????
        • wize up (20/03/2017, 01:55) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ LOL: great blog...other folks in our country raking in five time more than Dr: most of the dive companies: most of the sailing companies: most of the real estate companies: most of the financial services: most of the private villas(these non belongers turn over millions and million using and that is all well and good)..blacks just hate to see the other niggers successful(white society in this Territory makes far more per day than most of us makes per years)
  • great (19/03/2017, 15:29) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    I would choose there over Peebles n e day after my wonderful experience with them
  • cay (19/03/2017, 16:28) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its needed go doc v
  • magic (19/03/2017, 19:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Direct competition with Peebles..
  • N H I (19/03/2017, 20:26) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    the N H I is a milking cow
  • Prices (19/03/2017, 20:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    And pebbles there still housing both surgical and medical patients on the same floor. They transition look how long and still the minister there dragging he foot. Airport and other BS things are more important than getting what's needed at the more affordable hospital, up and running. But he and his colleagues will go Bougainvillea, they won't go peebles. Dr. V right. When you see a way and or a lapse In the system and you can do better go for it. Just lower the prices.

    • Jack B Nimble.. (20/03/2017, 03:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The nice spacious Hotel lobby at the hospital would have been a nice revenue earner, if they had use that space for 6 or 8 nice private rooms, instead of always begging money. Monies will be coming in via That investment...I guess they rather Bragg about how nice it looks and continue begging..I was in a nice private room at University Hospital in Jamaica. Wow. Wow. Nice. It ended up costing less Than I thought. I paid $175 US night. Of course my private insurance paid 80 percent..I was saying this is Like $400.US a night. When I got the bill I was shock to see how low it was.and my out of pocket cost for the 4 nights $325 US. When I say private I mean private me alone with All the comfort and amenities...An experience that's always on my mind. We have the space to offer that experience to our can pay patients but we mess it up..Forget it's a Hospital and not a Hotel...
  • Yes (19/03/2017, 21:59) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    All that NHI (Needed Hesketh Income) going to good use!
  • NHI (19/03/2017, 23:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    With the over 4 million dollars they made from NHI in 2016, I am not surprised. But like someone said earlier, the prices are too high and needs to be revised. After all, the NHI has given them a good push so they can now look at giving back to the local people by offering their services at more reasonable rates. Otherwise, good job, good move.
    • wow (20/03/2017, 13:33) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      You have no clue about how healthcare or insurance work. First of all, Mr V. And his businesses have ALWAYS collected from insurance. The only difference now is that MANY MORE PEOPLE now have the opportunity for the first time to seek care with the help of NHI. You speak of the benefits of the health service provider receiving from NHI but what about the benefits of all holders of NHI cards? They get service and the provider gets paid, more people being serviced means more money for the health provider, whats the problem? I dont see anyone counting the trust companies and others money that they make in the BVI. If this were an international company setting up here there would be no comments about how much he is making. Typical!
  • nurse (20/03/2017, 02:17) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    He is a good man he gives away a lot
  • private is all about profit (20/03/2017, 03:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The 3 countries with the highest cost for private Medical care in the Caribbean​ including PR areTortola, Trinidad, Barbados.. .The 3 best are Trinidad, PR and. Santo D.Domingo... Santo Domingo is a good model for us to look at... These hospitals in Santa Domingo have the latest gagets and equipments​.. Research.. Right now Puerto Rico falling behind, from a long time number one to now a second place, it's all because the modern Doctors are now putting Greed over Care..
  • Next election (20/03/2017, 03:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next Election will be about two things. 1/ Public fund management...2/ Health Care... The party that can articulate best and put forward​ realistic solutions.. Will win... New party call me. I have a winning plan...
  • Yes (20/03/2017, 10:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    NHI will pay for that
  • cash (20/03/2017, 20:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All used and thrown out machines from Americas, Cashing on littleman's innocence and inefficient NHI, no way a comparison to Peebles.
  • not wise (21/03/2017, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess this is one of the few countries in the world that looks to make a high profit on health care. It is quite easy to do so by referrals.

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