In the past few years, cancers affecting the digestive system have been on the increase in the Virgin Islands. Therefore the Medical Services Unit within the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is embarking on specialty services to diagnose and treat such conditions within the new Peebles Hospital.
Spearheaded by the Office of the Chief of Medical Staff, an “Advanced Colo Rectal Cancer” informational session was held last Thursday, 31st March at the Health Authority.
The session was conducted by Dr. Patrick Roberts, who is a lecturer and consultant in General Surgery at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. Dr. Roberts also has a Fellowship in the specialized fields of Surgical Oncology and Hepatobiliary Surgery from the University of Toronto in Canada. His expertise includes state-of-the-art treatment for patients with primary and metastatic cancers of the liver, gallbladder, bile duct and pancreas. He is also able to treat patients with benign diseases including cysts, biliary strictures and bile duct injuries.
The Authority is embarking on providing residents of the Virgin Islands who may be suffering from cancers of the digestive system with the opportunity to be treated on island.
The Chief of Medical Services Dr. June Samuel indicated that the BVIHSA will continue to meet the growing medical demands of the community. She added, “The new Peebles Hospital is equipped to facilitate high level specialty surgeries and procedures never conducted in the Hospital before, and the Health Authority is in a position to identify and bring in specialty physicians to treat rare conditions affecting some residents.”
Dr. Patrick Roberts, met with members of the Executive Team, clinical and non-clinical staff and medical professionals within the community. The session was also open to other clinicians within the Territory.
Persons that are affected by cancers of the digestive system are kindly encouraged to contact the Medical Services Unit to have an appointment to discuss possible options and available treatment within the BVIHSA. The number to call is 852-7500 extension 7514.