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$800,000 bill for relocating boarders

THE relocation of boarders from Princess Margaret Hospital to several senior citizens homes is expected to cost the government about $800,000.

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‘Morgue crisis can’t continue’

THE Public Hospitals Authority has renewed its appeal for people to collect stored bodies at Princess Margaret Hospital’s morgue, saying the facility has more than 150 bodies in storage - over its maximum capacity of 66.

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INSIGHT: Did we miss out on the health deal of a lifetime?

FOR decades, Princess Margaret Hospital has struggled to provide a first-class health service for the thousands of patients it cares for.

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Mom tells of agony of losing twins at PMH

WHAT was intended to be a routine C-section for Kayla Edwards-Dean, ushering in the birth of twin sons, ended in the tragedy of her almost losing her life and her twins dying.

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No official complaints made on PMH care issues

Health Minister Renward Wells said yesterday his ministry has yet to receive any “direct” or “written” complaints from patients alleging mistreatment from staff at Princess Margaret Hospital or other medical facilities.

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INSIGHT – Doctor: I wouldn’t go inside PMH if I didn’t work there

Dr Gina Saunders spends her life caring for our sick, holding the hands of patients as they battle through illness, struggling to do the best she can in a health service desperately in need of resources.

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Hospital promises probe into patients' complaints

THE Public Hospitals Authority is investigating all allegations of mistreatment made by maternity patients against staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, PHA managing director Catherine Weech said yesterday.

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Hospital worker asks: Why wasn't I told to quarantine?

By EARYEL BOWLEG Tribune Staff Reporter ebowleg@tribunemedia.net A PRINCESS Margaret Hospital staff member is feeling frustrated after claiming she was not told to quarantine by hospital officials although she was exposed to three patients who l

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Health officials respond to rising cases at facilities

IN response to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases across Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) facilities, officials yesterday said several countermeasures have been put in place in New Providence and Grand Bahama.

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No visitors to PMH, all wards closed to public

No visitors will be allowed into the Princess Margaret Hospital and all wards are now closed to the public, it was announced yesterday. Access to entrances to the hospital and to the wards within have been restricted in an attempt to “ensure the saf

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Patient tries to leave PMH via window

POLICE were called to Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday after a 44-year-old male patient tried to leave the facility through a window, the Public Hospitals Authority said. The incident occurred around 2.50pm. Video footage of the incident showed

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Hospital policy on seeing newborn babies is 'cruel'

A PRINCESS Margaret Hospital policy preventing parents from seeing their newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit is “unusual and cruel,” says Alicia Wallace, director of the human rights group Equality Bahamas.She said many NICUs around the worl

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PATIENT VISITS TO RESUME

THE Public Hospitals Authority has announced the resumption of patient visitation to its facilities starting July 1, under strict guidelines due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Row at PMH after patients are asked to take off shoes

A ROW erupted in Princess Margaret Hospital’s Dialysis Unit recently, when, in what he says was a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Dr Frederick Smith asked that all patients remove their shoes or not receive treatment.

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PMH suspends visiting hours at all its wards

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital has suspended visiting hours at all public and private wards to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The notice came days after PMH’s Medical Surgical Ward II was closed after a surgical ward patient became a confirmed COVID-1

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PMH ward closed by positive test

A WARD at Princess Margaret Hospital has been closed to the public and will be sanitised after a patient there tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

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Nursing homes may be used to ease burden on PMH

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said officials are looking at various nursing homes to provide alternative accommodations for boarders at Princess Margaret Hospital. Not only does the situation create a burden on public finances, but it has exacerbat

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Man dies after being hit by vehicle in hospital compound

THE Public Hospitals Authority is warning the general public about the speed limit at Princess Margaret Hospital after an elderly man died when he was struck by a vehicle in the hospital compound Friday morning.

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Elective surgeries back on at PMH

ELECTIVE surgeries at Princess Margaret Hospital will resume today, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands. Procedures were canceled by health officials earlier this week due to overcrowding at the public hospital, compounded by boarders, bed a

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Bed crisis forces PMH to cancel ops again

ELECTIVE surgeries at Princess Margaret Hospital have once again been cancelled due to overcrowding at the public hospital, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed yesterday.

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PMH resumes elective operations

ELECTIVE surgeries at Princess Margaret Hospital have resumed after the procedures were suspended for a week due to the hospital’s malfunctioning sterilisation equipment.

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Senator wants answers over 'malfunctioning sterilisation equipment' at PMH

SENATOR Dr Michael Darville has called for the government to address the reasoning behind "malfunctioning sterilisation equipment” at Princess Margaret Hospital, which have reportedly led to the suspension of several elective surgeries at the hospital.

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Building work will block PMH access

CONSTRUCTION at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department will temporarily block access to the area’s main entrance off Elizabeth Avenue for a few months starting Monday, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. Patients w

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No quick solution to hospital beds crisis

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that the issue of bed shortages at Princess Margaret Hospital will not be resolved until emergency care services at the Elizabeth Estates and South Beach clinics have expanded and renovations at PMH’s emergency department have been completed.

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Sands: Junior doctors may be moved, but not fired

AMID concerns about the unemployment status of some 20 junior doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday explained that those unconfirmed physicians will not be fired, but transferred to other posts in the public

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Hospital computer firm insists - we did our job

The US company selected to deliver the “crashed” $18m Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) contract yesterday appeared confused about its client’s identity as it defended its performance.

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Data deal critical to $88m PMH deficit

The “crashed” healthcare data contract was critical to cutting Princess Margaret Hospital’s $88m income deficit, which exists despite patient days being five times’ higher than in other Caribbean nations.

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20 evacuated to Princess Margaret Hospital

MORE than 20 people were evacuated from Abaco and brought to Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence with wide ranging injuries following Hurricane Dorian’s passage. While Health Minister Dr Duane Sands initially placed the number at 21, the Pu

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Strike wishlist: Doctors' demands include duty-free car and no property tax

JUNIOR doctors have asked for real property tax exemptions, Crown land for the construction of an office, duty-free exemptions on car imports or the construction of a paid parking lot at Princess Margaret Hospital with the proceeds to be split between the government and the Bahamas Doctors Union.

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Employees walk out of PMH over AC fault

DISGRUNTLED employees of the record’s section in Princess Margaret Hospital staged a sit-out yesterday because of no air-conditioning in their department. Bahamas Public Services Union President Kimsley Ferguson said the air-conditioner in that part

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PMH tackling backlog of 100 surgeries after cooling system mixed

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital is currently tackling a backlog of more than 100 surgeries which were postponed earlier this month while the hospital investigated a suspected sabotage attack, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. Speaking to rep

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Children's ward evacuated after cooling problem

PATIENTS of Princess Margaret Hospital’s Children’s Ward were temporarily relocated to the hospital’s former Intensive Care Unit on Wednesday evening, following insufficient cooling capacity to the ward. “Minor wear and tear issues were discovered,

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PMH resumes non-emergency ops

NON-EMERGENCY surgeries will resume today at Princess Margaret Hospital following a brief suspension, the Public Hospitals Authority announced yesterday. “All patients whose procedures were cancelled during the temporary suspension will be reschedul

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Hospital sabotage in hands of police

AS Princess Margaret Hospital grapples with rescheduling more than 50 non-emergency surgeries that were cancelled over sabotage suspicions connected to the facility’s chilling system, officials plan to follow through with prosecution if recommended by police.

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Union fury over PMH sabotage claim

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital has suspended non-emergency surgeries this week while it investigates a suspected sabotage attack.

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PMH suspends non-emergency surgeries during investigation into possible sabotage

THE Princess Margaret Hospital is suspending non-emergency surgeries while it investigates possible sabotage at the hospital.

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PMH cancelled admissions and elective surgeries after mass shooting

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital cancelled admissions and elective surgeries yesterday until further notice following a Montel Heights mass shooting, which compounded an ongoing overcrowding and boarding issue at the Accident and Emergency Department.

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PMH owed $700m in historic unpaid bills

PRINCESS Margaret Hospital is owed over $700m in unpaid bills accumulated over the last 30 years, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Dialysis unit joins series of hospital upgrades

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday cheered several recent upgrades to Princess Margaret Hospital’s Dialysis Unit, calling the improvements pieces in improving the nation’s overall health sector.

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Staff in morgue walkout

STAFF at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Morgue Department staged a walkout yesterday due to the discovery of mould. The matter has been remediated, according to PHA Deputy Managing Director Lyrone Burrows, who explained the development was likely due to the improper use of an air-conditioning closet.

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PMH earns just $200,000 from 60k emergency visits

THE Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) collects less than $200,000 a year from the 60,000 emergency room patients it treats, a Cabinet minister revealing: “We pay more in salaries for staff to collect that money”.

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Two PMH procedures cancelled after machines malfunction

TWO procedures at Princess Margaret Hospital had to be cancelled last week when the hospital’s two functioning autoclave machines temporarily ceased to function, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said Friday.

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30 nurses leave PMH in only two months

THIRTY Bahamian nurses left Princess Margaret Hospital in a span of two months, Bahamas Nurses Union president Amancha Williams said yesterday.

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‘WORLD’S BEST’ IN BID TO HELP PMH: Sands ‘excited’ by talks with Johns Hopkins

JOHNS Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s top medical institutions, has expressed interest in exploring the merits of a strategic “Nation Health Services Agreement” with the Bahamas government to create a Caribbean Centre of Excellence to transform the delivery of healthcare in our nation, said Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday.

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