Construction of the new Accident and Emergency Department on target
The Accident and Emergency construction site (FILE)
The construction of the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to executive chairman, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland, the project is approximately 75 per cent on schedule. The QEH chairman was speaking at the presentation of 70 art pieces by the Caribbean Art Gallery when she disclosed that the QEH was on target to meet the February 2021 deadline.
Photo caption: Executive chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland speaks to the media.
"All of the tenders have been awarded, work has actually come out of the ground and, steelwork and block work has started. An important element of this is going to be ordering the equipment and a lot of this equipment has to come from overseas so that has to be carefully timed to arrive so all things being equal we have no major interruptions to our supply chain because of COVID but we should be on track," Bynoe-Sutherland told the media.
The executive chairman also expressed that provisions have been made to tackle the flood-prone, Constitution River area and ensure the A&E meets the necessary disaster requirements.
"When we started we recognized where it is situated so close to the Constitution River that we encountered at about 70 or 80 feet water so we had to do some redesign and put some piling. We looked at whether or not we could have other alternatives outside of that site. . . .
"It [The Accident and Emergency Department] is going to be built recognizing that it is in a zone that is subject to flooding the entire hospital. In fact, this entire area of Barbados is considered below ground so we always vulnerable as an institution in this particular site but it is the institution that we have, so we made all provisions for disaster preparedness, and new buildings are built to the specifications of withstanding flooding," she added.