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'Don’t always wait for ambulance' – Hon Ronnie W. Skelton

- BVIHSA gets two new ambulances for Peebles Hospital
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), right, stands next to one of the newly acquired ambulances. Second from left is Chief Executive Officer of BVI Health Services Authority, Ms Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch. Left is General Manager of Colonial Insurance Mr Carlton O'Neal, while second from right is Chairwoman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Board, Mrs Ayana I. Glasgow-Liburd. Photo: VINO
The two new ambulances of the BVI Health Services Authority. Photo: VINO
The two new ambulances of the BVI Health Services Authority. Photo: VINO
An Emergency Medical Services officer takes to the wheel of one of the new ambulances received by the BVI Health Services Authority. Photo: VINO
An Emergency Medical Services officer takes to the wheel of one of the new ambulances received by the BVI Health Services Authority. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) has welcomed the addition of two new ambulances to the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) but stressed that more importantly persons should place emphasis on getting the sick to access needed health care should no ambulance be available at any given time.

The Health Minister made that remark earlier today December 21, 2017 while being part of the dedication ceremony of two new ambulances donated to the BVIHSA.

“There is always a time when all the ambulances are out and there is a call. You cannot, if there is an emergency need for medical attention, it is important for the public to recognise that the patient is more important than the ambulance getting there so you need to find some method of getting people to the hospital or to the clinics so that they can get the help they need,” explained the Health Minister.

He added, “So while we try to get the emergency section of the hospital the resources it needs there will always be a time when we will not be able to respond.”

On the other hand, Hon Skelton stressed the importance of the private Sector partnering with the health Sector of the Territory. “First let me say on behalf of the people of the Government and the people of the Virgin Islands we thank Colonial Insurance for their generous contribution to building the emergency section of the Health Services Authority. And your contributions doesn’t stop there, we need more help.”

One of the ambulances was sponsored by Colonial Insurance BVI, whose General Manager Mr Carlton O’Neal was on hand to officially hand over the keys to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Unit of the Peebles Hospital.

Prior to the arrival of the two new vehicles, the Peebles Hospital was equipped with three ambulances.

Vehicles were scheduled to arrive before hurricanes

The vehicles were ordered in February of this year, with an expected deliver ydate of June 2017. The time frame was changed to August due to a delay by the manufacturer in building the chassis as specially ordered for the Territory’s terrain.

“As luck would have it the company sent an update two days before Hurricane Irma to advise a further delay until November. I use the word luck because had our two new units arrived as initially planned they would have been damaged during the hurricanes. Although in our case that may not have been a bad thing since our insurance provider is also the sponsor of the vehicle,” Chief Executive Officer of the BVIHSA Ms Paula G. Chester-Cumberbatch said at the dedication ceremony.

Ms Chester-Cumberbatch noted that as a provider of health services it is a requirement and expectation for the BVIHSA's response time to emergencies to be prompt and efficient. “For our emergency medical services team this is vitally important and in other to do so our EMS Unit must have an adequate fleet.”

11 Responses to “'Don’t always wait for ambulance' – Hon Ronnie W. Skelton”

  • Crood (21/12/2017, 16:23) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Is the emergency room supposed to be in the ground floor?
  • 123 (21/12/2017, 16:57) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    what is his message
  • delay (21/12/2017, 17:27) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    this can only God as He works in mysterious ways.
  • Lord Help Us (21/12/2017, 18:01) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    How about when people refuse to help those in need?? When the little girl was shot in west end,nobody wanted to help. Shame on our society
  • Local (21/12/2017, 19:04) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Need staff
  • wize up (21/12/2017, 19:48) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    I say bullshit we are in 2017and it height time that each community should have its own emergency response units: must of us are not medically encline there it is better to await the proper medical practionsners: you might have a good heart then end up in liability try to rush an injured person for medical attention: bring back the emergency response units thought out our communities;stop building beaches and spending million on airplanes to impress strangers and step up the game for those of us that pax taxes in the BVI(just saying and if you vex who gives a fu@$)
    • True (22/12/2017, 05:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      your words are good but we do not pay enough tax to cover this, that is why they pander to strangers as they keep the country afloat. Ask yourself how many people the government employ for such a small nation...
      • wize up (22/12/2017, 22:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ true: don't you recall a fire department in the east and fire department in the west? Where are they now but we could money to build beach for tourist but can't see about us(run quick and talk that!!!!!)
  • Z6 (21/12/2017, 19:56) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lady in the blue
  • US EMT (21/12/2017, 20:07) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    One has to look at the care the patient may require at the time. Sometimes it is best to wait for professional help, even if it takes sometime. Moving a person who sustained an injury due to an accident/fall or other traumatic incidents without the proper training could make the situation worse. If the person is suffering from an symptoms due to a known or unknown illness you could rush them to the ER if immediate care is not available. The most important thing is to allow a person who has the requisite training to deal with medical emergencies. Persons are encouraged to participate in First Aid Training.
  • Finance (22/12/2017, 00:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go to finance .. You know nothing about health ..

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