Security at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has been heightened following threats to staff.
The Board of Management of the QEH has engaged the Barbados Police Service after the staff of the Paediatric Department were threatened with grievous bodily harm by the family of a patient in a video circulated on social media on January 10.
“Due to our commitment to patient privacy and confidentiality we cannot speak to any allegations made but we do wish to advise that threats against the safety and wellbeing of our staff are taken very seriously. To this end hospital security forces have been placed on heightened alert and the Barbados Police Force has been engaged to investigate the matter at hand,” remarked Dr Clyde Cave, Acting Director of Medical Services on Tuesday in response to the video.
The director of medical services warned that all threats to staff will be taken seriously, and those involved will be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law”.
“The Board, management and staff of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the patient referenced in the video as they continue to grieve the loss of their loved one. While we empathise with the family, under no circumstances will threats or acts of violence directed towards members of staff be condoned.”
Loop News understands the incident involves the passing of a young male patient.
Dr Cave appealed to the public to treat QEH staff with “courtesy and respect” as the team was committed to ” providing safe, quality, patient-centred health care”, and the medical and nursing teams gave their best even in challenging circumstances.
“Despite our best efforts, there will be cases that are exceedingly difficult. Even in such circumstances, our medical and nursing teams continue to give of their best in these high-pressure situations, and we assure you that the best care available is always provided.
“Therefore, we ask that you treat our staff with the courtesy and respect they deserve as additional threats of violence will only serve to create an untenable environment of fear,” he added.