Coming under significant strain as the current COVID-19 upsurge impacts its staff, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has issued an urgent call for trained, experience, and retired healthcare workers to join its team.
The Authority said this unfavourable situation has resulted in, “significant hardship for the employees of the BVIHSA who have been working under enormous pressure since the pandemic began in March of 2020”.
These critically requested healthcare workers are, therefore, being called upon to assist the BVIHSA to better respond to the current COVID 19
outbreak. Their role will be on an as-needed basis. And since COVID
is a fluid situation, the BVIHSA said a definite duration for such employment is difficult to determine at this time.
But once hired, the healthcare workers will be assigned to what the BVIHSA describes as a COVID
-19 Clinical Locum Bank that Acting CEO Cedorene Malone-Smith requested to be established immediately.
The implementation of this locum bank is aimed at sustaining the BVI Health Services Authority’s ability to continue to respond effectively to the current COVID 19
“As an organisation, we are constantly being tested and this unfortunate public health crisis is yet another hurdle we must overcome. Nonetheless, we remain committed to our motto that only ‘excellence counts’ even as we work through the significant challenges this situation has caused. This locum bank is critical right now; not only to provide urgently needed staff support, but to ensure that the BVI community receives the best medical care possible,” Malone-Smith stated.
The locum bank is open to all trained, qualified, and registered healthcare workers in the territory. This includes senior and retired clinicians.
Interested persons are asked to email the BVIHSA at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a registration form.
As of 9 pm on Wednesday, July 14, the BVI had 1,559 active cases and five COVID
-related deaths. The Health Ministry’s hospital summary indicates that one person died in the emergency room of the hospital, three died on is COVID
-19 ward, and one died in the Intensive Care Unit.