The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has received USD $75,000 worth of hospital supplies from the Robinson Smiles and Hope Foundation based in the United States.
An intimate presentation was held yesterday, Thursday, October 29, 2020, at the hospital.
Board member of the Robinson Smiles and Hope Foundation, Anthony Layne, disclosed that despite the fact that this is not the first time they have made donations to the hospital, “this donation though, is quite significant. The donation this time is over $75,000 US in hospital supplies and equipment. Robinson Smiles and Hope continue to make a serious impact in terms of donations to Barbados.”
The donation consisted of masks, tubing, mobilizers, canes, dressing sets, body bags, and gloves.
Layne stated that the foundation began making donations in Barbados three years ago. They started out making donations to several primary schools within the parish of St Michael. Collectively, they have donated up to $30,000 US in stationery supplies to students of the schools. They donated two flat-screen televisions to the Children’s Ward and subsequently donated hospital supplies in late 2019 to QEH as well.
He mentioned that the foundation, which originated in Washington DC, is committed to assisting not only the people of Barbados but to the Caribbean.
During the presentation, Clinical Director of Emergency Services, Dr Chaynie Williams, expressed her gratitude for the donation.
She said that these are items that can be used daily and that is highly important to the hospital.
“The types of items that have been purchased will go a long way towards sustaining clinical care at the hospital. As you know in this pandemic time the supply chain from time to time may be disrupted, so these valuable small parts will help large equipment continue”.
Dr Williams mentioned to Loop News that they have not been short of donations over the years. Though she was unable to clarify whether there has been an increase in donations in 2020, she revealed that the hospital has a continuous stream of donations.