BDF Field Medical Facility Expands QEH Accident and Emergency

BDF Field Medical Facility Expands QEH Accident and Emergency

BDF Field Medical Facility Expands QEH

Accident and Emergency Unit

BDF Media Release| 20 Apr 20

Photography credit: Private Kyle Straker

As part of Operation Trident Shield, the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) contribution to the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a second element of the Field Medical Facility (FMF) has been set up at Jemmott’s Lane as a Respiratory Short-Stay Unit (RSSU). The RSSU is an annex to the QEH Accident and Emergency Department and is located next to the UWI Clinical Skills Building. The role of the FMF RSSU is twofold: (1) to improve the efficiency of medical care delivered by the MHW and (2) to provide targeted care for patients requiring brief treatment and dischargeable as soon as clinical conditions are managed. The first element of the FMF has been deployed at Paragon Base Campsite as a swabbing test centre since 23 March 2020.

During a tour of the RSSU with Chief of Staff BDF Colonel Glyne Grannum, QEH Emergency Services consultant Dr David Byer; Minister of Health and Wellness, the Honourable Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, expressed his satisfaction at the BDF’s efficiency in deploying the FMF as an essential service for the overall healthcare of Barbadians. The visit also observed key personnel and facility staff engaging in training for the correct methods for donning and doffing personal protective equipment, in-processing of patients, sanitization techniques and other medical procedures.


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Dr Byer further stated that the set-up of the Field Medical Facility was mainly for persons who present with mild symptoms and require general testing. The facility will be ready to accommodate patients who have been referred from the main Accident and Emergency Unit at the QEH from Monday 20 April 2020.

The BDF FMF Coordinator, Major Junior Browne, indicated that this current set-up can accommodate a maximum of 20 patients as it is dual-purposed in reducing the density at the A&E Department. He went on to explain that the facility will be manned by QEH medical and auxiliary staff, Cuban Volunteer Nurses and BDF personnel.


A Fallen Brother In Arms

A Fallen Brother In Arms

Fallen Brother In Arms

BDF Joint Media Release| 07 April 2020

Photography credit: Online Resourced


The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) has launched an investigation into the shooting death of a soldier on the compound of the District “A” Police Station this afternoon around 5:35.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Lance Corporal Pablo Kinch and three colleagues from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) had just returned from a joint patrol with police officers, and were awaiting transportation back to their base when the incident occurred.

Lance Corporal Kinch, who is attached to the army’s Paragon base, was shot in the right sternum but succumbed to his wound despite valiant efforts to resuscitate him by Police Constables Farley and Manning, both of whom are emergency medical technicians.

Lance Corporal Kinch, Lance Corporal Grandison, Private Gill and Private Brathwaite were at the base of the Police’s Tactical Response Unit at District “A” Station when a weapon was discharged.

Assistant Superintendent of Police David Wiltshire, of the Criminal Investigations Division, has been assigned to investigate the matter.

“We wish to publicly express our sorrow at this most unfortunate incident and to extend sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Lance Corporal Kinch. Our country has lost a brave defender of law and order, who performed his duties on joint patrols with the police over the past year with vigour and enthusiasm. He will be missed.”

  • Tyrone Griffith, Commissioner of Police, RBPF
  • Colonel Glyne Grannum, Chief of Staff , BDF

(April 6, 2020)




BDF Media Release| 06 April 2020

Photography credit: BDF Media

As an essential service in Barbados’ response to the COVID – 19 pandemic, Barbados Defence Force personnel will wear protective masks and display name tags at all times.

They will NOT wear scarfs, balaclavas or handkerchiefs.

They will conduct themselves in accordance with BDFs codes of conduct and discipline.

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