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Bermuda's Health Support Groups

They provide huge help to those with a variety of medical and related problems

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By Keith Archibald Forbes (see About Us) exclusively for Bermuda Online

See also Bermuda's Hospitals by the same author.

Healthcare support groups in Bermuda

Website links and email addresses will be shown gladly once reciprocated. Can organizations concerned please let us know of any changes to their details, to avoid deleting the mention?.

Part 1

Activities Center KEMH Continuing Care Unit, 7 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. Phone 239-2020. Adult day care center for seniors. Transportation provided for participating residents living from Crawl Hill to Horseshoe Bay.
Age Concern 1 Burnaby Street, Hamilton.  P. O. Box HM 2397, Hamilton HM JX, Bermuda. Email info@ageconcern.bm. Telephone (441) 238-7525. Fax (441) 238-7177. Bermuda charity # 137. Has more than 5,800 members. Claudette Fleming, executive director. Principal group in Bermuda working for the welfare and well-being of local senior citizens. Receives a small annual government grant (about $38K in 2017-2018). Has fought for local senior citizens to receive the same legal, medical, prescription, etc. protections and benefits in Bermuda as they receive in USA, UK, Europe, Canada etc. Bermuda's seniors presently incur the world's highest cost of living and medical insurance costs, by a very wide margin.
Agape House (Bermuda Hospice) 7 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. P. O. Box HM 1023. Telephone (441) 239-2025
Alzheimer's Family Support Group Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 5:30 pm at KEMH. Phone 238-2168.
Association for Mentally Handicapped Registered charity 077. P. O. Box HM 1634, Hamilton HM GX. Phone 292-7206
Bermuda Alzheimer's Family Support Association P. O. Box DV 114, Devonshire DV BX. Meets second Tuesday of each month, Continuous Care Unit Activities room, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 5:30 pm. Call Julie Kay Darrell at 238-2168.
Bermuda Amputee Support Group 80-100 known amputees, from 17-90 years old. Most are from diabetes. A few have bone tumors. They are in the Limb and Brace Unit of KEMH Physiotherapy. Established in 2002 by KEMH physiotherapist Carol Sawyer and social worker Paul Chan.
Bermuda Asthma & Allergy Support Group Meets each month in Conference Room, Floor 1, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, 7:30 pm. Call Andrea Smith at 293-0652.
Bermuda Autism Support and Education Society (BASE) Meets at 7:30 pm on the first Monday of each month at the Reading Clinic on Serpentine Road. Has applied for RC status
Bermuda Bereavement Association of Care Givers P. O. Box DD 174, St. David's DD BX. Phone 297-0030
Bermuda Cancer & Health Centre  
Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre 46 Point Finger Road, Paget. P. O. Box HM 1652, Hamilton HM FX. Phone 236-0949. RC 070. Since 1945, originally founded to assist patients fighting TB. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Bermuda, and the island has a higher cancer mortality rate than the United States. 25 percent of all deaths in Bermuda are attributed to cancer. Recognized risk factors for oral cavity cancer are tobacco use, alcohol consumption and a diet poor in fruits and vegetables. The most common types of cancer in Bermuda include (in descending order) prostate, breast, colon and rectum, lung and bronchus, and skin.

2016 September 14.  Will benefit from a half-a-million-dollar donation from two local companies as it prepares for the installation of new radiation therapy equipment. BF&M Limited and the Argus Group are each giving $250,000 to support the new BCHC building, which will house Bermuda’s first radiation facility. Patients who require radiation can presently only get the treatment overseas. John Wight, president and CEO of BF&M Limited, said: “As leading healthcare providers on the island, we have a responsibility to make a difference in the quality of treatment offered locally to our community. “We commend Tara Curtis and her team at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre for leading the radiation therapy initiative and extend our wholehearted support, as this will now facilitate treatment being available to more residents, and provide relief to families who will be able to support their loved ones right here at home.” Alison Hill, chief executive officer of the Argus Group, added: “We are proud to support Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre in their initiative to house Bermuda’s first radiation facility. “Providing this cutting-edge treatment in Bermuda delivers compelling treatment options for those dealing with cancer and as major healthcare insurers we are committed to improving the quality and access of care for our community.” Tara Curtis, executive director of BCHC, said: “Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre truly appreciate the financial support received from BF&M and Argus in helping us to achieve this important Radiation Therapy Initiative. Over the past ten months, BCHC has worked closely with the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Centre, which is ranked fourth in the USA for cancer care, for the design and construction of the facility and recently BCHC signed a contract for the Truebeam treatment system, the latest technology available for radiation therapy treatment.”

Bermuda Counselors Association P. O. Box DV 552, Devonshire. A registered charity formed on May 11, 1995.Meets every Tuesday at Angle Street Center from 6 to 8 pm. Free consultation to the general public. All questions are confidential. Registered charity # 467.
Bermuda Diabetes Association 1 Cedar Avenue, Hamilton HM 09. Mailing Address: PO Box 506, Devonshire, DV BX. Telephone (441) 292- 1595  or fax 292- 6763. RC 143. Promotes awareness about signs, symptoms, treatment of diabetes and serious complications which may result from poor control of the disease. Provides hope and support in the field of diabetes research and education about healthy lifestyles for the prevention and management of diabetes. More than nine thousand Bermudians, more per capita than anywhere else in the world, are afflicted with Type 2 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes, commonly referred to as Juvenile Diabetes, develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin. Type 2 Diabetes is usually caused by overweight and obesity. Diabetes is a disabling condition that could have fatal consequences if not treated: Associated problems include blindness, kidney failure, damage to circulation and nerves in the legs that can cause gangrene and lead to amputation, circulatory problems, heart disease and stroke.
Bermuda Gerontological Society A senior citizens group. Meets second Tuesday of each month at Peace Lutheran Church Hall, 5:30 pm.
Bermuda Health Alliance A cooperative venture of the Bermuda Diabetes Association, Bermuda Hospitals Board (a member), Bermuda Heart Foundation, Friends of Hospice, Resident's Family Council, Hospitals Auxiliary and Open Airways. Suite 200, 40 Par La Ville Road, Hamilton HM 11. Telephone (441) 292 9177. Administrator - Elizabeth Elliott.
Bermuda Health Council A Bermuda Government appointed entity. Established as an official health watchdog. Responsible for regulating, coordinating and enhancing the delivery of health services in Bermuda.  Made up of doctors, insurers, hospital officials and patients. Also responsible for regulating the price of drugs sold to the public and conducting research on the subject of public health.

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Bermuda Health Insurance Association (BHIA) P. O. Box HM 1007, Hamilton. Established in 1970 with the enactment of The Hospital Insurance Act 1970 and its Regulations. It requires every employer and every self employed person together with a non working spouse to be insured for at least minimum benefits. An employer may insure these legal obligations either through the Bermuda Government's Department of Social Insurance or with a private insurer if an approved and registered member of HIAB. Good employers have major medical coverage. Members meet regularly with the Hospital Insurance Commission (which enforces the Hospital Insurance Act) and Bermuda Medical Society on matters concerning insurance health care. The Bermuda Government has a Health Care Advisory Committee with members governing the administration of Bermuda's hospitals, Bermuda Medical Society, Health Insurance Association of Bermuda, Hospital Insurance Commission and Bermuda Chamber of Commerce.
Bermuda Heart Foundation For coronary incidence, treatment and prevention. P. O. Box HM 1993, Hamilton, HM HX.. A registered charity. A major player in arranging the funding for critically important life saving heart related equipment for the hospital, supported by health professionals. .

2017. August 5. The Bermuda Heart Foundation teamed up with New York Presbyterian Hospital to provide better service to patients. Now, the US hospital will work with the foundation’s Core Heart Health Centre to provide expert doctors.

Bermuda Hospitals Board Charitable Trust P. O. Box HM 444, Hamilton HM BX. Has its own Executive Director but under management of the Bermuda Hospitals Board. 
Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust P. O. Box HM 2273, Hamilton HM JX. T. 441-298-0151. F. 441-296-1072. An independent organization founded as the formal charitable arm for accepting donations and fundraising on behalf of the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB). A separate entity from the BHB and Ministry of Health, governed by its own Board of Trustees who determine policy and are responsible for its own sound fiscal management.

2016. September 19. The Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust has named Lisa Sheppard as its new development director. Ms Sheppard, a former reporter at The Royal Gazette, will be tasked with fundraising for both the BHCT and the Bermuda Hospitals Board after being promoted to her role from within the Trust. “I am very excited by this opportunity to give back to my community,” said the Bermudian in a statement. “There are so many great initiatives being under taken by the BHB. Healthcare is so important for all of us, and it’s an honour to be able to help in such a tangible way.” BHCT chairman Jonathan Brewin said: “I am delighted that Lisa has strengthened our team, as we strive to maximize support to the BHB. She has already demonstrated great energy and commitment to the development of the BHCT, and I look forward to working closely with her.” BHCT executive director Ralph Richardson added: “Lisa’s maturity, experience and temperament have been the key influencers in our decision to promote her to this new role. “We are looking forward to great things from her.”

Bermuda Integrated Health Service Cooperative (BIHC) Lotus, Victoria Street, Hamilton. Since 2012. BIHC, proponents of out-of-hospital childbirth won Immigration approval to bring their own midwives to the Island. BIHC received permission after the Bermuda Medical Council confirmed it didn’t need a full medical licence to do so. The victory follows eight years of struggle. Midwives here in Bermuda function as obstetric nurses. They are not available to the public for birthing outside the hospital. It's how the BIHC service started. 
Bermuda Islands Association for the Deaf (BIAD) P. O. Box HM 1749, Hamilton HM GX. Provides assistance to the hearing impaired and educates parents and population about deaf culture to help remove social barriers. RC 168
Bermuda Mental Health Foundation 3rd Floor, Richmond House, 12 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton HM 12. Phone 292-3434 extension 3476. Fax 292-0865. Founded 1944. A non-profit volunteer private enterprise working with St. Brendan's Hospital staff. Originally chaired by Lady Waddington when founded in 1994. One of the directors is Louie Grant. Registered charity 394.
Bermuda National Tumor Registry Breast cancer affects one in eight women and that 58 cases of breast cancer were reported in 2014, according to the Registry. Breast cancer continues to be the principal cause of cancer for women in Bermuda. While the causes of breast cancer are still unknown, it is known that some women are more at risk than others. Understanding these risks, such as family history, are important, in addition to the knowledge that early detection can save lives.
Bermuda Nurses Association (BNA) Committed to supporting its members in the goal to improve and maintain optimal wellness for the people of Bermuda. According to the International Council for Nurses, nursing is often described as the sleeping giant that should be awakened to realize its full potential. Nurses are at the core of health delivery but are often marginalized from contribution to health policy development and decision-making. Nurses play a fundamental and critical role in the healthcare continuum and their insight into many aspects of patient care and health policy generally is valued. 
Bermuda Organ and Tissue Donor Association For more information, call KEMH  at 236-2345. Welcomes those willing to become donors. In association with the New England Organ Bank.

2018. April 24. The Bermuda Organ Donor Association appealed yesterday for the public to consider organ donation and to make their wishes clear to their families. The news came as the association greeted morning commuters at Crow Lane roundabout and encouraged them to sign up to give “the gift that keeps on living”. Kerry Brislane, the BODA treasurer, said: “Our message is pretty simple — we’d like people to have the conversation about what their wishes would be with their family members. The gift of organ donation is a tremendously generous thing to do, and the impact this can have on the recipients lives is definitely life-changing, and can be life-saving. If families have discussed and agreed on their wishes, it makes it so much easier if they are ever asked the question.” Dr Brislane, a hospital anaesthesiologist, was speaking as the island kicked off Organ Donor Week. She said statistics from the New England Donor Service showed that there had been 13 organ donors from Bermuda in the past decade. Donors ranged in age from 16 to 73 and a total of 24 kidneys, 13 livers, five hearts, eight lungs and three pancreas were donated. Dr Brislane said: “The only way to assert your wishes is on your driver’s licence, but ultimately your family will get to decide. We would like to see the Organ Donor Register formalized by the Government, as it is already in the legislature. This would mean people could sign up and be assured that their wishes will be adhered to. This takes a lot of pressure off families. Organ donation is the gift that keeps on living. In the words of Maya Angelou, ‘Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud’.” The group will run radio interviews, information advertisements in The Royal Gazette and talk to the public to answer questions about the organ donation process. We decided to do the morning wave as it is a good way to reach a lot of people in an informal way and make them think, ‘hey, what is that all about?’ In recent years, we have been trying to find new ways of reaching a bigger audience and so we thought we’d try a popular Bermuda way. It was a lovely way to start our Monday with lots of smiles and waves and toots from the people coming passed.” She added: “We are hoping that after seeing us on the roundabout people might then be prompted to read and listen to the information provided.”

2017. April 24. A quick conversation about organ donation can save lives while reducing healthcare costs for everyone. Speaking at the launch of Organ Donor Week, the health minister Jeanne Atherden urged all residents to take the time to make their wishes known to their loved ones. “Organ donation is something that many people feel uncomfortable talking about but it’s a conversation that everyone should have,” Ms Atherden said. “When a tragedy happens, it’s the wrong time to decide what a loved one might want. Have the conversation before the event occurs. Take five minutes and ask the person you love if they want to be an organ donor and also tell someone what your wishes are.” According to the Ms Atherden, in the “past several years”, six Bermudians have received organs through the New England Organ Bank, but there have been no donors from Bermuda. Some people have questions about the cost to their family, Ms Atherden said, adding that there is none. Others are concerned it will cause their relatives stress. Bermuda Organ Donor Association president Jean Van der Merwe added: “Some people are scared that they are going to be left to die, that if they are an organ donor the medical teams are not going to work to save them and this is entirely untrue.” And Kerry Brislane, the group’s treasurer, said often family members have not considered the possibility of their loved one dying, especially if they are a young person. “They’re already trying to come to terms that they are losing their dear child. These circumstances are always out of the blue — donation in Bermuda is only in the context of brain death and that’s a sudden and catastrophic brain event, whether it be a large stroke or an accident. Given some time, you will find that people think that was just the shock and they regret not doing it at the time.” Dr Brislane added: “But when we have approached people that have had the conversation, they are immediately very enthusiastic that something good can come out of this.” Ms Atherden also stressed that organ donation is important locally because Bermuda has a very high rate of non-communicable diseases that can lead to organ failure, such as diabetes and kidney disease. “There are over 150 people on dialysis. A donated kidney can get a person off hundreds of hours of dialysis and get them back to a normal life.” But she also pointed out that “organ transplants can not only save a life but also reduce the cost of insurance premiums for all of us. We have high insurance premium costs. Dialysis costs $200,000 per year per person. A kidney transplant costs $130,000 and the person is off dialysis forever.” Ms Atherden furthermore noted that people in good health can be living donors. “Organ donation is really the gift that keeps on giving — one organ donation can help multiple people. I urge everyone to consider becoming an organ donor. You can have it written on your driver’s licence, you can tell people your wishes. Just have the conversation.” Ms Van der Merwe added that because there is no official donor registry in Bermuda, “all you can do is have it on your licence. But the most important thing is to have the conversation with your family because if you’re gone and they say no, it is no. Then your wishes would not be carried out. So we really urge people to have the conversation. That really is the most important thing going forward.” As part of Organ Donor Week, the BODA organised two talks for healthcare professionals and more events are being planned for later in the year.

Bermuda Paralympic Association (BPARAS) Formed by Ann Lindroth, Vaughn Mosher, Leatrice Roman, Jennifer Southern, Paul Sullivan. RC 570. Jeni Southern, Secretary, phone (441) 238-1741, email southern@logic.bm or Ann Lindroth (441) 535 2832. PO Box PG 73 PG BX Paget, Bermuda. 
Bermuda Psychologists Council See Bermuda Government Boards. Psychological Practitioners Act 1998. 

2018. March 5. Parliament has approved legislation to update the regulation of psychologists. The Psychological Practitioners Amendment Act 2018 replaces 20-year-old legislation governing the profession. Anyone not registered in Bermuda will now be prohibited from practising as a psychologist. Practitioners also have to get indemnity insurance against claims of negligence and malpractice. The updates were made in consultation with the Bermuda Psychologists Registration Council, which will become the Bermuda Psychologists Council. Jeanne Atherden, the Leader of the Opposition, and shadow health minister Susan Jackson backed the legislation. Tinée Furbert of the Progressive Labour Party said the updates were “succinct as regards psychology”.

Bermuda Physically Handicapped Association (BPHA) disabledA registered charity. Base Gate, 1 South Side, St. David's Island, DD 03. Or the postal address at P.O. Box HM 8, Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda. For information, call Willard Fox at 293-5034 Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 293-8148 after 5:00 p.m. Or fax him at (441) 293-5036.
Bermuda Red Cross 8 Berry Hill Road, Paget. P. O. Box HM 772, Hamilton HM CX, Bermuda. Administrative Office telephone 236-8253 or fax 236 8267. Administrator is Ann Spencer-Arscott  at 236 6768. It has monthly meetings. Blood Donor Center, hospital (441) 236 5067 (fax 236 2272). Hospital equipment rental (441) 236 2345 extension 1486. A volunteer organization, made up of public spirited individuals, many of them retired from regular jobs. They perform duties which in Bermuda are private sector. Community minded members help thousands of patients visit the hospital for diabetes, stroke or heart treatment by driving them free in their own private cars. Members pick up diabetes or kidney treatment or heart or stroke survivors by pre-arrangement.  They pay for their own gasoline. 

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Bermuda Riding for the Disabled For the disabled who can ride horses with assistance. At Windreach, 57 Spice Hill Road, Warwick WK 03. Telephone (441) 238-7433. Fax (441) 238-7434.
Bermuda Schizophrenia Society Meets first Tuesday each month at St. Brendan's Hospital, 7 pm. Call Gina Davis at 292-5613. Registered charity 307
Bermuda Senior Islanders Centre RC 663. Admiralty House Building 0329, 24 Admiralty Lane, Pembroke HM 01.  Phone 441-295-9094. Email seniorislanders@logic.bm. Website seniorislanders.bm. Housed at the western gate of Admiralty House, Pembroke.
Bermuda Sickle Cell Association  
Bermuda Society for the Blind Beacon House, 3 Beacon Rd, Hamilton HM 10. Phone 292 3231. Monday to Friday 10am-3pm. Established in 1957. Promotes visual health and empowers persons who are blind or vision impaired to achieve independence by providing Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. Advocates to increase awareness about living with vision loss and promotes visual health through public education and outreach. RC 090
Bermuda Special Olympics 45 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12. P.O. Box HM 2233, Hamilton HM JX. Fax (441)-292-1269
Bermuda Stroke & Family Support Association disabled Support, help, advice, encouragement, to assist Bermudian and Bermuda-based stroke survivors of all ages and backgrounds and families affected by stroke. Has no membership dues, takes no minutes, has no structured agenda or board of management. Strokes, more than any other medical problems, cause permanent chronic disabilities. Stroke identification - how to identify signs of a stroke - may be crucial. Getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then having the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough, can make the difference between life and death. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking simple questions, or looking carefully. Can the person smile? Is the face crooked or normal? Can he/she talk and speak a simple sentence coherently? (For example, it is sunny out, today). Speech is important. Can he/she raise both arms? Can he/she stick out their tongue?  If the tongue is crooked or goes to one side or another, it's another cause for concern. If he/she has trouble with any one of these four questions, call the doctor or hospital or emergency service immediately and describe the symptoms. The Association meets on the third Wednesday night each month at 7 pm at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Telephone D. Mark Selley, Chairman, at 293-3121. Or write to him at "Seven Seas" #6 Rock Garden Lane, Harrington Hundreds Road, Smiths FL04, Bermuda. RC 361. 
Bermuda War Veterans Association Registered charity 140. All surviving members are senior citizens
Bermuda War Veterans Commissioners The men whose interests they represent are all senior citizens. See Bermuda Government Boards

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Celiac Support Group of Bermuda RC 363
Center for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Stables Building, 91 Reid Street East, Hamilton HM 19. Telephone  295 5982. Fax 295 6016. 
Center for Cognitive Therapy & Behavioral Medicine A division of Bermuda Healthcare Services. Broadway House, 1 Crow Lane, Spurling Hill, Hamilton. Telephone 295-5544 or fax 295-4118
Centre on Philanthropy Russell Eve Building, Church Street, Hamilton or P. O. Box HM 3217, Hamilton HM NX. Telephone 295 1393. A partnership between volunteers, business and government.  
Coalition for the Protection of Children 24 hour hotline at 295-1150 to report cases of child abuse.
Communication for the Hearing Impaired Telephone (441) 292-7703.
Committee of 25 for Handicapped Children Midsea Lane, Pembroke HM 07. P.O. Box HM 927, Hamilton HM DX. Telephone (441) 292-4324 between 8:30 am and 12 noon. Fax (441) 296-0296. Voice Mail: 441-291-0025.
Community Rehabilitation Services Helps clients with recognized enduring mental health problems. Teams of psychologists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists, physiatrists and social workers work on cases. Call Chris Tuckett at 236-3770 ext 3309.
Community Nursing Service Bermuda Health Department. P. O. Box HM 1195, Hamilton HM EX.
Council for Allied Health Professionals Established in 2006, it promote patient interests and exercise discipline over practitioners. It has a Preliminary Proceedings Committee, set up to investigate complaints – with serious complaints referred to a Professional Conduct Committee which can hand out fines, suspend a person’s registration for a year or even bar them from practising. 
Cornerstone Phone 234-4022. 4 Oriel Lane, Scott's Hill Road, Sandys MA 04. Adult day care center for seniors and independent residential care.
Emergency Medical Technicians Association 27 Southcourt Avenue, Paget PG 06. Telephone 291 0850. Some are Bermuda Hospitals Board, others are Bermuda Fire Service.
Family Resource Network Charitable Trust 38 Mount Hill, Pembroke HM 09. Phone 295-1150. Fax 295-2430. Registered charity 509.
The Family Support Group For families of those in Bermuda who have a mental illness, clients of Somers Ward, Somers Annex and Devon Lodge. Mental Welfare Officers are co-facilitators. Meets at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays at St. Brendan's.
Friends of Lefroy House Association Lefroy House, P. O. Box MA 118, Mangrove Bay, MA BX. Phone 234-0525 or 234-2152. Near Dockyard, a home for seniors. The association promotes the involvement of relatives and friends, to raise funds to improve the quality of life and rehabilitation process.  Registered charity 393. 
Gerontological Society A senior citizens group. Meets second Tuesday each month at Peace Lutheran Church Hall, 5:30 pm
Guidance and Rehabilitation for Able Children's Enhancement (GRACE) A support group for parents with special needs children. Meets second Tuesday of each month, Friendship Vale School, Warwick, 6:30 pm. Call Mrs. Furbert at 292-0543.

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health insurance necessary in Bermuda

Guide Dogs for the Blind Caregivers or the blind should consult the airline concerned, then get the necessary documentation. For guidelines and requirements, write to the Director, Department of Conservation, Bermuda Government, P.O. Box HM 834, Hamilton HM CX, Bermuda.
Government Hamilton Health Center Victoria Street Clinic, 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12.  Phone  236-0224
Government Smith's Parish Clinic Phone 295-4942
Government Somerset Health Center 55 Mangrove Bay Road, Sandys MA 02. Phone 234-0202 or dental 234-0239
Government Warwick Health Center Middle Road. Warwick. Phone 236-0649
Government St. George's Health Center 1 Old Military Road, St. George's GE 03. Phone 297-8200 or dental 297-1932
Health & Fitness Professionals in Bermuda Phone Ann Mello at 292 5229
Happy Seniors Club Meets Tuesday, 11:30 to 3 pm, Hamilton Adventist Center. Call 292-0654 or 292-2160.
Health Insurance Association of Bermuda (HIAB) P. O. Box HM 1007, Hamilton. Established with The Hospital Insurance Act 1970 and its Regulations. It requires every employer, self employed person and non working spouse to be insured for at least the minimum level of health care benefits. An employer may insure these legal obligations either through the Bermuda Government's Department of Social Insurance or with a private insurer (Bermudian) which is an approved and registered member of HIAB. The majority of good employers do so to include major medical coverage. As members of HIAB, insurance companies meet regularly with the Hospital Insurance Commission (the body with responsibility for enforcing the Hospital Insurance Act) and the Bermuda Medical Society. They discuss matters concerning the insurance industry and health care needs.
Herb Garden 35 St. Anne's Road, Southampton SN 01. Phone 238-5430. Adult day care center for seniors.
Heydon Trust "Quarry Cottage" Main Road, Somerset. Phone 234-1831 or fax 234-2367. Residences for seniors. Registered charity 079. It maintains the property and programs of the Trust for the promotion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ without emphasis on any denomination.
Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda (HAB) A major public spirited volunteer organization. Its Pink Ladies, Candy Stripers and Pink Men supply constant volunteer service in the welfare of all patients, wearing an appropriate uniform. They also man "The Barn" and other facilities. Registered charity 014. 
Institute for Child and Family Health Treatment for psychologically traumatized children and their families. Call 295-1150
Just Between Us An informal self-help group of women who have had breast cancer surgery. Contact Marian Holland at 295-3051 or Daisy McMaster at 292-1522. Registered charity 399
Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association (LCCA) International Center, Suite 211, Bermudiana Road, Hamilton. Mailing address is P. O. Box HM 64, Hamilton HM AX. Phone 292-1132 or fax 295- 7147. It relieves poverty, suffering and distress, gives help and advice and lends  - on a repayment program - funds for senior citizens and others to go overseas for medical and surgical treatment when local employment via employers or family has ceased or is inadequate. Registered charity 087.
La Leche League of Bermuda Free information, encouragement and support of pregnant and breast feeding women. Call 236-1120

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Healthcare claims

Lefroy House See "Friends of Lefroy House." Ireland Island, Sandys. Phone 234-0525. Fax 234-2152. Adult day care center for seniors. Registered charity 393. Built by the Royal Navy in its Dockyard days as a shore-based hospital.
Lorraine Rest Home 4 Lorraine Drive, Warwick WK 05. Phone 236-5152. Adult day care center and residential home for seniors.
Lupus Association of Bermuda Call Gladys Dill at 293-0756 or Andrea at 292-2293 or Rose at 234-1867 after 6 pm. 
Matilda Smith Williams Home for Seniors 3 Kent Avenue, Devonshire DV 07. Phone 236-8264 or 236-2958. Fax 236-3552. Adult day care center. It assists individuals and families unable to  cope with their older members. It provides accommodation and care for seniors without regard to race, creed or economic standing. Registered charity 145.
Meals on Wheels 103 South Road, Paget, PG 03. P. O. Box PG 312, Paget PG BX. Phone 236-1815. Fax 232-2070. It supplies nourishing lunchtime cooked meals 4 days a week for persons who for reasons of health cannot prepare meals for themselves, whether on release from hospital or on a longer term. Also, transportation can be arranged to attend luncheon seniors or disabled luncheon clubs. Registered charity 109.
Mon Reve 14 Sound View Road, Somerset MA 05. Phone 234-2242. Adult day care center for seniors.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Bermuda P. O. Box HM 1426, Hamilton HM FX, Bermuda. Telephone 297-0565 or 293-2649. RC 336. Meetings are held 1st Monday every month at St. Mark's Hall, Smith's Parish. Registered charity 336.
National Office for Seniors and Physically Challenged (NOSPC) Since June 6, 2002. Stonehall, 60 Victoria Street, Hamilton, next to St. Paul AME Church. Or by Airmail at P. O. Box HM 1195, Hamilton HM EX, Bermuda. The office is open 8:45 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday.
Nicotine Anonymous Supports all addicts. Meets every Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Call 297-2428
Open Airways It stresses the importance of air passages to those with asthma, suffered by about 10 percent of the local population, hence the name. It educates doctors, nurses, pharmacists, school teachers, the general public, and asthmatics and their families about the prevention and management of asthma. It provides asthmatics with basic equipment for effective symptom management, plus dust mite bedding, pillows, and beds for those without. Its aim is to change the lives of asthmatics through education and prevention. 
Ostomy Association of Bermuda Since 1977. P.O. Box HM 2281, Hamilton HM JX. Telephone 236-6272, 236-8429, 292-0180 or 293-0413. An Ostomy is a life-saving intestinal or urinary diversion surgery caused by illness, injury or birth defect.  A core volunteer group of individuals dedicated to the provision of information, advocacy. Offers a visitor program for those who have had Ostomy surgery or contemplating having one. Registered Charity #28.
Overeaters Anonymous Group Meets every Tuesday from 12 to 1 pm at Christian Science Church, Cedar Avenue. No fees. Call 295-2070.

Part 7

healthcare Bermuda health CPI

Packwood Home 132 Somerset Road, Sandys MA 06. P. O. Box MA 75, Somerset MA BX. Phone 234-1459. Fax 234-2772. Adult day care center and home for seniors. Registered charity 010.
Patients Assistance League and Service (PALS) Dunrossil House, 21 Point Finger Road, Paget DV 04. Phone 236-7257 or fax 236-7250. Registered charity 171. It provides cancer patients with quality care mostly at home to enhance quality of life and their families. It tries to meet the physical, social and emotional needs of patients. It promotes health, dignity and independence regardless of ability to pay. It welcomes volunteers.
Physical Abuse Center 38 Mount Hill Road, Pembroke HM 09. Phone 292-4366. Fax 292-9280. 24 hour hotline at 297-8278. Provides a safe, secure shelter for abused women of any age and their children if minors. It educates the community on the signs and cycle of domestic violence. A part of the Family Resources Network Charitable Trust. Registered charity 146.
Private Nursing Agency 1 Cedar Avenue,  Pembroke HM 09. Phone 295 0680
Project Action Free transportation for local seniors. It got Special Persons Cards for qualified (disabled or senior citizens) Bermudians and residents, for free travel by bus and ferry in Bermuda. It has a specially-equipped (for wheelchair and ambulatory disabled) bus, as a service to seniors and disabled. Call volunteer Mrs. Robert Stewart at 295-1207 (Centre of Philanthropy) or write to P. O. Box FL 136, Flatts, FL BX, or e-mail projectaction@ibl.bm. Registered Charity 561. 
Public Health Charge Nurse 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton HM 12. Lise Outerbridge, RN. Telephone (441) 292-6777. Fax (441) 296-4008. Provides pre and post HIV antibody test counseling, resource information and referrals.
Reach to Recovery 24 hour support line for women in any stage of breast cancer. Call 236-4563.

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Senior Citizens in Bermuda A private sector website comparing benefits, costs, pensions and services in Bermuda with those worldwide.
Senior Islanders Club Meets Tuesdays. Craft classes and afternoon social at 1:30 pm. Bingo at 9 pm. Admiralty House, Spanish Point, Pembroke, call 295-9094
Sickle Cell Foundation Support group for all whose lives are affected by this disease. 
STAR (Supportive Therapy for Aids persons and their Relatives). Support for persons and their families who are HIV positive or have AIDS, call 292-5941
Staying Steady Group Falls prevention.  Day Hospital Rehabilitation Service, KEMH  Phone 239-7129. Fax 236-2173. Not a normal volunteer support group, instead a service referred by an appropriate healthcare professional and paid for via health insurance.
The Center Tuesdays. Consultation services from 5:30 to 7 pm to assist with improving emotional and mental well being. Professional counselors are available. Call 292-4441 between 5:30 and 7 pm. 
The Residents' Family Council Support for the residents of Continuing Care Unit (CCU) at the King Edward VII Hospital and their families.
Wee Kids Support Group Support for parents of premature infants. 
Westmeath Retirement Home for seniors 28 Pitt's Bay Road, Pembroke HM 06. Phone 295-2451, fax 295-9881. Probably the nicest and most expensive such facility. The nursing wing gives quality nursing care to dependent seniors. Registered charity 206.
Women's Resource Center (formerly Rape Crisis Center) Support for victims of rape or sexual assault. Phone 295-3882. Fax 295-9833. Hotline for abuse of women  295-7273 (6 pm-6 am). With an annual Bermuda Government grant to help meet expenses. Registered charity 267.

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