The island has two (2) principal hospitals, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Bayview Hospital. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is owned by the Barbados government and is the island's principal health care facility. It is also an appointed teaching facility associated with the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Bayview Hospital is privately owned and operated and provides the people of Barbados, the Caribbean and beyond with prime private medical health care. Prescriptions from any of these hospitals and clinics on the island can be easily filled at any nearby pharmacy.
Hospitals on the island are suported by a number of polyclinics that are scattered throughout the island. These polyclinics are open throughout the course of the day with a primary role of providing free medical care such as dental visits and health care services that cater to children, the elderly and pregnant women.
Sandy Crest and FMH Emergency Medical Clinic are the two (2) privately owned full-service medical centers on the island. Sandy Crest is a 24 hour medical facility that is located on Barbados' West Coast and prides itself on a five-star service to its patients and a friendly and highly trained medical and non-medical staff on board. Their mission is to provide timely, compassionate and comprehensive healthcare services in keeping with their unique setting and available resources. They continually strive to understand their patient's needs in order to guarantee the delivery of the highest quality care.
FMH Emergency Medical Clinic is located in Belleville which is on the outskirts of Barbados' capital city Bridgetown. They provide a comprehensive medical service with medical staff who all adept at accident and emergency care.
In recent years, the people of Barbados have been opening up their minds more and more to the concept of healthier lifestyles. With this on the horizon, minds have been triggered into fitness modes that see Barbadians leaving their homes and offices and getting physical in gyms, on the streets and on the beaches.
Gyms throughout Barbados offer a variety of services. There are the upmarket gyms such as Surfside Wellness Centre that affords you the opportunity to work out in air-conditioned comfort and total usage of state-of-the-art equipment. The other extreme option is to join what we call a 'backyard gym' which gives you the same complete workout but at a much more reduced price.
Many have been turning to the route of alternative medicine and all it has to offer. The wonderful benefits of integrating mind, body and soul all in a quest to heal, shape and grow has somewhat taken over the island in one way or another. Health food stores, natural health services and practitioners along with herbal specialists have all surfaced in order to help the educate the general public of Barbados and beyond to the many advantages associated with alternative living.
Cigatuera Fish Poisoning
Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is a typical foodborne disease which is associated with the eating of subtropical and tropical marine finfish which have been able to store up on toxins through their diet that occur naturally. Neurological symptoms include Paraesthesias in extremities and around mouth including numbness, tingling, burning, and pain. Temperature reversal where hot feels cold and vice versa. Temperature sensitivity, Vertigo, Dental pain, Blurred vision, Tremor, Psychiatric, Pain on urination.
Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dyspepsia and abdominal cramping.
Cardiovascular symptoms include Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Hypotension, Arrhythmia and sudden blood pressure spikes.
If you have a desire to go fishing while in Barbados, we strongly suggest you seek input from any of the knowledgeable fishermen on the island as they will guide you accordingly with regards to where is the safest place to fish and what are the safest fish to catch as ciguatera is found in fish which usually feed on reefs.
This information is merely a precautionary measure on our parts as fish prepared throughout food establishments in Barbados is done so under the most stringent guidelines. Just be cautious doing your own fishing on reefs.