On Monday 17 October, Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) issued a public Request-For-Information (RFI) for maximising the use of the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre (UCC) facility.
BHB is committed to maintaining the current remit of the UCC however the goal is to optimize the use the UCC facility to improve community health. Current service provisions from the facility will continue including the out-of-hours urgent care service, the opening of the facility when the causeway is closed, and the use of the facility in the event of a disaster in the East End or at the airport. BHB believes, however, that outside of these hours, the facility could be used for other medical services.
Chief Operating Officer (KEMH), R. Scott Pearman, comments: “The UCC is a prime yet under-utilized healthcare facility. There is a clear opportunity for primary care, specialist physicians or allied health providers to make recommendations that would add value and improve the health and well-being of the East End and the community in general. Making available the UCC’s spare capacity to entrepreneurs will increase the productivity of existing healthcare resources.”
BHB is open to all responses and ideas on how best to use the UCC facility, provided they are consistent with BHB’s Corporate Strategic Plan and healthcare mandate. A potential partner may propose to repurpose the UCC during its current down time or they may propose to assume full responsibility for the current UCC operation. The BHB will not consider proposals that compromise the current standard of out-of-hours services available to residents.
Mr Pearman continues: “Our new strategic plan seeks to improve community health through collaboration and partnership. We are seeking to work with the community, rather than expand the hospital’s scope of service, so that the healthcare system and people in Bermuda benefit through efficient and effective services. The RFI will help us develop an effective and focused RFP as we will have a much clearer idea on what are the potential market solutions.”
The Request-For-Information document can be obtained by interested parties from Mr. Anthony Hunter, Director of Commercial Procurement by emailing Anthony.Hunter@bhb.bm by 21 October 2016. Closing date for respondents to the RFI will be the 1 November 2016.
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