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  • As a result of Hurricane Humberto and with the anticipation of Tropical Storm Jerry impacting the island everyone in Bermuda has been operating at a high level of anxiety for more than a week. We urge everyone to pay attention to their stress levels and those of loved ones.

  • The Health and Safety at Work (Pressure Systems) Regulations 1989 places a duty on all users / owners of a pressure system to ensure t

  • The STEPS to a Well Bermuda 2019 Survey is coming soon to update Bermuda's population health data.

    Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Survey:

  • To improve the basic plan and make sure everyone can afford it, we have to change the way we pay for healthcare. This is health financing reform. Bermuda presently has a ‘multi-payer’ system with 4 separate health insurers and 3 large, employer-based schemes.

  • Bermuda needs and deserves decent coverage for all its people. The current basic package includes largely hospitalization. We have been told repeatedly that other basic services need to be covered for everyone, like doctor’s visits, medicines and overseas care. 

  • In order to practice as a psychologist in Bermuda, you must register with the Bermuda Psychologists Council (BPC). You will need to renew your registration every three years.

  • Creating a sustainable platform for patient-centred care.

  • Why is the Government making these changes? 

  • The Government will be transitioning to a more efficient way to fund BHB in order to prevent an increase to the standard premium rate (SPR) (the premium for the basic package of insurance, the Standard Health Benefit (SHB)).

  • SCARS and Centre Against Abuse hosted a Partner in Prevention Recognition Ceremony in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April). 

  • Your Reliable App For Vaccine Information Coming Soon! HealthyPeople BDA A phone application (app.) that will provide you with reliable vaccine information!
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  • 14. Ensure Government funding for vulnerable populations is protected and directed to most needy
  • 13. Increase the access to interventions to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases and their risk factors
  • 12. Partner with physicians and the broader healthcare community to achieve health reform goals and improve the coordination of healthcare delivery
  • 11. Encourage healthy lifestyles through involving health professionals and organizations
  • 10. Update health and insurance regulation to reflect current technologies and pricing and use of services

    The Health Strategy will update health and insurance regulation to reflect current technologies and pricing and utilization of services.

  • The Bermuda Health Strategy aims to ensure that Bermuda’s health system is financed through the most cost-effective means available to reduce complexity and duplication and improve efficiency.

  • 8. Ensure clinical care meets best practice models

    The Health Strategy aims to regulate standards of clinical care for healthcare facilities and providers that are equivalent to best practice models.

    Progress to date in this regard includes:

  • 6. Introduce an electronic health information system

    The Health Strategy seeks to pursue that an integrated electronic health system shall be established throughout the health sector to improve quality of care and efficiency of the health system.

  • 5. Develop mechanisms to pay healthcare providers to contain costs and improve health outcomes
  • 4. Streamline use of overseas care

    The Health Strategy aims to ensure we streamline use of overseas care to efficiently meet the medical needs of the population and contain healthcare costs.

  • 3. Ensure health coverage contributions become affordable, to increase access to healthcare

    The Health Strategy aims to ensure health coverage contributions shall be affordable, to ensure access to healthcare.

  • 2. Encourage and expand the use of outpatient facilities

    The Health Strategy aims to encourage and expand the use of outpatient facilities and preventive care to allow the hospital to focus on acute care.

  • 1. Increase access to basic health insurance

    The Health Strategy aims to ensure access to basic health insurance coverage shall be assured for all residents of Bermuda to ensure access to essential healthcare and protection from financial risk.

  • Influenza Monitoring
  • Membership on most health boards, councils and committees is by appointment by the Minister of Health, per relevant legislation. This page lists the current membership. 

  • The Ministry of Health is committed to consulting with stakeholders and the public on major policy initiatives to ensure the best possible outcomes can be developed.

  • Ageing and Disability Services (ADS) assists with connecting seniors and persons with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities and their caregivers with services and resources to support them.

    How do I find the helping service I need?

  • The Child Care Regulation Programme of the Dept. of Health is dedicated to informing the public and stakeholders about training opportunities and provide educational resources in the field of child care.

  • Obesity and diabetes are major concerns for Bermuda and around the world. Below are some resources for a better understanding of obesity and what other countries are doing to address the problem:

  • The Health Promotion Office of the Department of Health is pleased to present the Directory of Helping Services (formerly the Directory of Services).

  • Looking for child care?

    Use these resources to help you look for quality child care:

  • As a day care provider, camp operator or health professional, the safety of Bermuda’s children is your responsibility.

    Below are some resources to help.

  • Ageing and Disability Services (ADS) is dedicated to informing the public and stakeholders about training opportunities in the field of long-term care. For helpful LTC Resources go to here.

  • Every year, children entering P1 in a Government primary school in September are screened for speech-language development and sensory-motor skill development.

  • The Minister of Health appoints the Board Members of two quangos - the Bermuda Health Council and Bermuda Hospitals Boards. 

    Below is information on the quangos.

  • The Board of Speech Language Pathologists regulates speech, language pathologists in Bermuda.

  • The Advisory Council for Safety and Health is established by Section 8 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1982 to advise the Minister of Health on safety a

  • The Bermuda Psychologists Council safeguards the welfare of the public in relation to the services of psychologists.

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  • The Board of Physiotherapists regulated physiotherapists/physical therpaists in Bermuda.

    Professional Body

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    Board of Physiotherapists

  • The Board of Occupational Therapists regulates occupational therapists in Bermuda.

    Professional Body

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  • The Nursing Council registers and regulates general nurses, psychiatric nurses, nurse associates, advanced practice nurses and enrolled nurses in Bermuda.

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  • The Mental Health Review Tribunal is established under Section 5 of the Mental Health Act 1968 and considers applications under Part V of the Act related to the sectioning of persons.

  • The Board of Medical Laboratory Technicians regulates medical laboratory technicians in Bermuda.

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  • The Health Insurance Committee is established to oversee the Health Insurance Fund, the FutureCare Fund and the Health Insurance Department.

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  • The Board of Emergency Medical Service Practitioners regulates emergency medical technicians (EMT), advanced EMTs and paramedics.

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  • The Disability Advisory Council is a non-statutory committee appointed by the Minister of Health to provide advice on matters related to disability.

    Disability Advisory Council

  • The Board of Dietitians regulates dietitians in Bermuda.

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    Board of Dietitians

  • The Board of Diagnostic Imaging Technologists regulates diagnostic imaging technologists in Bermuda.

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  • The Board of Chiropodists regulates chiropodists (podiatrists) in Bermuda.

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  • The Board of Addiction Counsellors regulates addiction counsellors in Bermuda. 

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  • The Optometrists and Opticians Council registers and regulates optometrists and opticians.

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    Optometrists and Opticians Council

  • The Council for Allied Health Professionals registers and regulates allied health professionals in Bermuda.

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  • The Bermuda Pharmacy Council registers and regulates pharmacists in Bermuda.

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    Bermuda Pharmacy Council

  • The Bermuda Medical Council registers and regulates medical practitioners and midwives in Bermuda.

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    Bermuda Medical Council

  • The Bermuda Dental Board regulates dentists, dental hygienists and dental technicians in Bermuda.

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    Bermuda Dental Board

  • Resources for travellers visiting Bermuda Before you travel to Bermuda
  • Grades on Licences is the Environmental Health Section’s hygiene and food safety scoring programme that displays the results of food premises’ annual inspections in letter grade format – A, B, C, or D on their

  • The Ministry of Health seeks to empower the community to lead healthy lifestyles. To do so, the Department of Health provides information and tools for individuals to take charge of their health. Some of those tools are listed below: 

  • The Ministry of Health has adopted the "This is Public Health Campaign" to highlight the work the Ministry does throughout Bermuda.

  • Please find below events that may be of interest: 

  • Please note as of 2nd January 2019 we have updated our Home Care Registration Forms. The correct one is available on this page.

    We will no longer accept the outdated forms.

  • Ageing and Disability Services (ADS) provides inspections, assessment and consultations for accessibility requirements e.g. ramps, door sizes, for new buildings and renovations. The purpose of this service is to help ensure and promote accessibility for all.

  • Senior abuse includes: physical, sexual and psychological abuse, financial exploitation; and physical and psychological neglect when the alleged abuser has a duty to care for the senior (a person over 65years of age).

  • Care Homes

    Accommodations that provide room, board and personal care services to seniors or persons with disabilities must be registered with the Ministry of Health, unless exempted.

  • Ageing and Disability Services (ADS) offers case management services to help seniors and persons with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities who require assistance in their daily lives.  

  • If you have a problem with rodents, call Vector Control.

    When you open a case with Vector Control:

  • The Government Fees Regulations 1976 detail the fees that shall be paid by businesses carrying out various functions. It is the duty of the various Departments within Government to apply these fees.

  • The Environmental Health Programme would like to ensure the public’s awareness of handouts, talks, workshops and other resources available for various business and private environmental health concerns. 

  • All workplaces—indoor and outdoor—in Bermuda are monitored for safety and health concerns. All employers must have a committee to review safety and health issues. Environmental Health Officers investigate complaints or major accidents (where there is a need).

  • The first line of defence from global public health threats is the security of our ports and airport. Our Environmental Health officers, aided by Customs and Immigration officers, are tasked with ensuring this safety.

  • The Vector Control team deals with rodent and mosquito infestations (only), as well as proactive surveillance of these pests in Bermuda.

  • The Vector Control programme is focused on ensuring mosquitoes and rodents are controlled and vectors are not introduced to the island. Port health is focused on preventing the spread of communicable diseases by travellers and cargo.

  • Environmental health officers are tasked with ensuring the safety of Bermuda’s water – both drinking and seawater.

    In order to do that, the officers:

  • Report a Nuisance

    To report a nuisance, submit via the electronic Nuisance Report Form or call: (441) 278-5333

  • The island’s schools, camps, playgrounds, clinical laboratories and pharmacies are responsible for providing the public with safe settings for care and play. Therefore it is of critical importance that these settings meet a standard that ensures utmost safety.

  • Environmental Health officers have a duty to ensure conditions in both homes and tourist accommodations are safe and provide a healthy environment.

  • Environmental Health officers provide critical assistance to ensure food and beverages consumed in Bermuda are safe.

    The officers:

  • Environmental Health plans and coordinates the national inspection and licensing programmes to maintain and improve the health of Bermuda’s people.

  • The Ministry of Health (MOH) team strives to provide high-quality services to all of its service users and welcomes all suggestions to improve.

  • The Ministry of Health strives to ensure a high level of care and service throughout the island’s health agencies.

  • The Minister of Health appoints 31 boards, councils and committees to perform mandated and advisory functions for the Ministry.  

  • The Ministry of Health will publish Issue Briefs on specific topics as the need arises.

  • The Ministry of Health publishes a quarterly newsletter that is sent to our stakeholders. If you wish to be added to our newsletter mailing list, please contact Robyn Skinner at 278-4900.

  • You can find below reports produced by the Ministry of Health or our affiliated organizations. If you would like to see more of our publications, please visit our Health Library.

  • Below are policies or guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. For more publications by the Ministry of Health, please visit our Health Library. 

  • Agreement Respecting Facilities to be Given to Merchant Seamen for the Treatment of Venereal Diseases
  • The K. Margaret Carter Centre is a government-managed center that provides support and training for adults with learning and physical disabilities through six programme areas that include:

  • You can find documents produced by the Ministry of Health or our affiliated organizations, and relevant international reports in our health library.

  • Long term care (LTC) refers to the range of services required by persons with a reduced degree of functional capacity, physical or cognitive, and who are consequently dependent for an extended period of time on help with basic activities of daily living (ADL).

  • The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit helps to manage and monitor the status of health in Bermuda by:

  • The Ministry of Health awards the Dr. Barbara Ball Public Health Scholarship annually to Bermudian students with proven financial need seeking careers or professional development in public health. 

  • The Bermuda Health Strategy 2014 – 2019 is based on the National Health Plan 2011, and sets out the Government’s vision to reform the Island’s health system.

  • The Department of Health routinely samples and tests seawater from Bermuda's beaches to assure bathing water quality.

  • Vector Control inspectors survey Bermuda year round, with heightened inspections during the summer season. Inspectors map-out different neighbourhoods in their designated districts and visit each house (walk around the outside of your property or home) to check for mosquito breeding.

  • Ageing and Disability Services (ADS) assists with connecting seniors and persons with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities connect with services that may support them.

  • Anyone with a physical disability—or some difficulty moving normally—may benefit from physiotherapy. The Department of Health provides physiotherapy services through the Community Rehabilitation Office.

    Treatment may involve:

  • Occupational therapy focuses on a child’s ability to perform everyday activities in a way that provides meaning to life. Occupational therapy is important for a child when their activities are affected (or become limited) by delays in development, disability, or disease.

  • The Sylvia Richardson Care Facility is a government-owned, skilled nursing home, operated by the Ministry of Health. It is set on the former St. George’s Secondary School site; in attractive, spacious grounds just outside the town of St. George’s.

  • The Lefroy House Care Community is a government owned, multi-level elder care home that promotes purpose, fun, and spontaneity in the lives of elders. It sits on attractive and spacious grounds just outside of Dockyard in Sandys Parish.

  • There have been five confirmed imported (travel-related) cases of Zika virus in Bermuda. Given that we have a population that travels frequently, imported cases remain likely to occur, however there have been no reported cases since 2016.

  • Children generally understand far more than they are able to articulate themselves. Language can develop smoothly and continuously, or in jumps and spurts—there’s a lot of variation in the onset of expressive language.   

  • It’s not easy living with a chronic disease. You’ll need ongoing support with your self-management of diabetes. Good control of your diabetes requires teamwork between you, your physician, and other health care professionals.  

  • A child with an infectious disease may show general signs of illness. This can include fever, shivering, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.  

  • The following is the Department of Health’s recommended immunization schedules for healthy children and adults. At any time, you can request an immunization report for yourself or your child.

  • How healthy are Bermudians? In December 2014, the Department of Health concluded a study to measure the risk of developing a chronic disease such as heart diseases, cancer, stroke, or diabetes for the Government of Bermuda.

  • The Government of Bermuda offers health support programmes across the island.

    Community health nursing

    Bermuda’s community health nurses are here to help with your general health education. The nurses provide and coordinate the following community health services:

  • Go to the hospital in all cases of serious illness or injury, or if you aren’t sure if your illness or injury is serious.  

  • Poor diet and physical inactivity are linked to major causes of illness and death. In Bermuda, these issues are especially prevalent. According to STEPS to a Well Bermuda 2014:  

  • In Bermuda, the government runs dental health services at Hamilton Health Centre, St. George’s Health Centre, and Somerset Health Centre.

  • Parents can find health programmes and support for their children as well as health clinics in different locations in Bermuda, depending on the child’s age.

  • The Government of Bermuda can provide financial assistance to Bermudians who cannot meet the cost of basic living or expenses. 

    Assistance may be provided for:

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