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About the Ministry  
The Ministry of Health and the Environment comprises several departments and agencies, including Ministry Headquarters, the Department of Health.  The department heads report directly to the Permanent Secretary. In addition, the Ministry has responsibility for the Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Bermuda Health Council, statutory bodies appointed by the Minister.  The Boards report to the Minister through the Permanent Secretary.  Read more...
Mission Statement  

"To ensure Bermuda has an equitable and sustainable health system that promotes and protects the physical, mental and social well being of individuals and the community."

Core Values  

Core values for the Ministry have been defined. These include:

1. Service
2. Accountability
3. Equity
4. Prevention
5. Collaboration
6. Knowledge-based

Seawater Monitoring Programme for Bathing Beaches  
Program Overview

The Department of Health routinely samples and tests seawater from Bermuda's beaches for enterococci, a group of bacteria which are used as indicators of faecal pollution. Enterococci are present in human and animal waste and can enter marine waters from a variety of sources such as storm water runoff, animal and seabird waste, failing septic systems, sewage effluent, or boating waste.

We follow the US EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria for Marine Water, which are based on extensive scientific studies and projects. The recent 2012 guidelines recommend that culturable enterococci for marine bathing waters do not exceed a geometric mean of 35 colony forming units (cfu) per 100milliltres of water over a 30 day period. Also, a single value of 130 cfu enterococci per 100ml should not be exceeded by more than 10% of the samples taken at that particular location.

During the peak months of May to September, Environmental Health Officers typically collect water samples at the most popular beaches with the larger beaches having multiple sampling points. As a result,  approximately sixteen samples are collected twice a week.

Test results are available in 24 hours and if enterococci levels exceed 130 cfu/100ml at any location, that location is resampled and re-tested. To date, when this has occurred, re-testing has shown that the enterococci count has decreased to an acceptable level.

The following table summarizes the water quality based on samples collected for the period indicated

Department of Health On-Shore Seawater Sampling 2014
For the period of 21/1/14 - 14/4/14

Site

Number of Samples

Monitoring Frequency
(peak months)

Meets EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria

Elbow Beach - Central

5

2/week

Yes

Elbow Beach - East

5

2/week

Yes

Elbow Beach - West

5

2/week

Yes

Grape Bay

5

2/week

Yes

Horseshoe Bay - West

5

2/week

Yes

Horseshoe Bay - East

5

2/week

Yes

Hungry Bay

5

2/week

Yes

Warwick Long Bay  

5

2/week

Yes

John Smiths Bay

5

2/week

Yes

Clearwater Beach

5

2/week

Yes

Shelly Bay

5

2/week

Yes

Tobacco Bay

5

2/week

Yes

Snorkel Park

6

2/week

Yes

References
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria

Further Information
Boards and Committees  
Bermuda Psychologists Registration Council

Board of Dietitians

Board of Diagnostic Imaging Technologists

Board of Chiropodists

Bermuda Addiction Certification Board

Bermuda Dental Board

Bermuda Health Council

Bermuda Hospitals Board

Bermuda Medical Council

Bermuda Nursing Council

Board of Medical Laboratory Technologists

Board of Occupational Therapists

Board of Physiotherapists

Board of Radiographers

Court Commissioners

Mental Health Review Tribunal

Optometrists and Opticians Council

Pharmacy Council

Council of Allied Health Professions

Health and Safety Advisory Council