A look at the Speakers at the “No More Sugar Coating” Event September 19 LESC

On September 19, 2017 -At the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), there will be the following speakers.

Dr. Carlisle Goddard, Endocrinologist


Source: The Health Caribbean Coalition

Dr. Carlisle Goddard is one of the leading endocrinologists in the region.  He has dedicated his life to assisting his patients with diabetes and through his social club Lions Club of Barbados, he has been active in initiating programmes to tackle the impact of obesity among the country’s youth.


Emile Mohammed, Nephrologist


Source: The Dialysis Clinic

Dr Emile Mohammed is the consultant nephrologist and Head of Nephrology services at the island’s tertiary care hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and is responsible for all aspects of clinical care at The Dialysis Clinic (Barbados). He is internationally trained and the depth of his renal training ranges from King’s College Hospital, London to the Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. He has over 15-years experience with haemodialysis.

Meshell Carrington, Clinical Dietitian



Source: Surgical Solutions

Meshell Carrington is a clinical dietitian at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  On a daily basis she oversees patients with common Non communicable diseases such as diabetes.  Read about her role as a clinical dietitian below.



Trudy Griffith, Clinical Pharmacist


Source: The Health Caribbean Coalition

Current President of the Diabetes Association of Barbados, Griffith has been an advocate of healthier lifestyles as the numbers of persons diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise.  This year, the President in a public address revealed a fifth of the population in Barbados (50,000 people) is living with diabetes.










About Barbados Drug Service: Host of No More Sugar Coating: Dispelling the Myths about Diabetes

Source GIS Website.

The Barbados Drug Service, established in 1980 to provide residents of Barbados with quality pharmaceuticals, is currently undergoing a restructuring exercise, with a view towards improving efficiency and management of its budget.

Today, there are 76 private participating pharmacies in the Special Benefits Service (SBS), of which more than 50% are small pharmacies. This ensures that patients who access health care in either the public or private sectors receive the same quality pharmaceuticals. These pharmacies are widely distributed across the island.

Since 1981, expenditure on the SBS has risen steadily from $62,425 in that year, (including co-payments or a percentage of the cost which was paid by the patient) to more than Bds$31.5 million in 2005/2006.

The Ministry of Health is conscious of the rising costs of drugs on the world market and increasing demands from Barbadians for additional drugs to be placed on the Formulary. Wherever possible, generic drugs are used, as opposed to more expensive patented ones, as a cost containment measure. Where patented drugs are used, as soon as those patents have expired contracts are issued to companies for suitable generics. It must be noted however, that the generic price is not always lower than that of brand name drugs.

In keeping with the objectives of the restructuring exercise to improve the operational efficiency of the BDS, future contracts for pharmacies which operate under the Special Benefits Service will only be issued in certain cases, guided by selection criteria. None-the-less, duty free and zero rated provisions for drugs have been extended to all private pharmacies, regardless of their participation in the SBS programme, contrary to the situation prior to the restructuring process.

A contract to operate under the SBS service makes provision for that pharmacy to dispense pharmaceutical products and related items in the Barbados National Drug Formulary, free of cost to persons 65 years of age and over, children 16 years of age and under, as well as persons receiving prescribed Formulary drugs for treatment of hypertension, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and asthma. Participating pharmacies are reimbursed by the Barbados Drug service.

The Barbados Drug Service has no mandate to issue contracts to all private pharmacies to participate in the SBS programme, nor does it register pharmacies. Licences for pharmacies to operate are issued by the Pharmacy Council, a body appointed by the Minister of Health to regulate pharmacies and pharmacists.

The Ministry of Health wants to ensure that pharmaceuticals are accessible to all Barbadians irrespective of their pharmacy of preference and is committed to private sector participation in the SBS programme.

No More Sugar Coating! Diabetes Public Lecture – Sept 19, 2017

The Barbados Drug Service in collaboration with Abbott Nutrition presents: “No More Sugar Coating – Dispelling the Myths About Diabetes” a free interactive public lecture on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 at the Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

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The lecture will address various myths and misconceptions about diabetes and highlight the multidisciplinary treatment needed to mitigate the condition. Featured speakers include local Diabetes Specialist Dr. Carlisle Goddard who will kick off the evening’s presentations followed by Clinical Pharmacist Trudy Griffith, who is also President of the Diabetes Association of Barbados. Registered Dietitian Meshell Carrington will highlight the nutritional aspects often misunderstood and Trinidadian Kidney Specialist Dr. Emile Mohammed will discuss the many renal issues that present as a complication of uncontrolled diabetes. The linkages between diabetes, nutrition, medication and the kidney will be highlight showing how each and one is interlinked.

Understanding diabetes is key to managing it. Understanding the role of medication and the importance of compliance in controlling blood sugar is integral to successful diabetes management and reducing risk of complications. In a country like Barbados where obesity, inactivity and poor dietary choices are prevalent, the role of nutrition is paramount to controlling and preventing diabetes. Nutrition is often misunderstood as it is often thought, for example, that avoiding foods with “sugar” or “sweet foods” means avoiding diabetes or avoiding a spike in blood glucose.  But what is sugar? Do only “sweet foods” contain sugar? With all this misunderstood, with myths abound, complications are likely to arise. Kidney failure is one of those complications. What’s the mechanism? What’s the process? What’s potassium got to do with it? These issues and more will be discussed at this free public education session.

Pre-lecture activities include health checks by the Diabetes Association of Barbados and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados with diabetes education by the Diabetes Centre of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation. Abbott Nutrition will be doing product sampling and giveaways, with a special feature of its “Glucerna” drink, used in the management of diabetes. The pre-lecture activities start at 530pm and the lectures start at 7pm and end at 830pm. Free transportation will be provided by the Barbados Transport Board to the Princess Alice and Fairchild Street Bus Terminals.

All are invited to attend.

More information contact event coordinators Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc. – hhccmeevents@gmail.com, 246-269-6183/ 253-9384.

Considerations in Cancer Care


Shell Suite, UWI Cavehill, St. Michael

A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. Some believe it is a death sentence. There are a lot of decisions to be made regarding type of treatment, managing side effects, minimizing recurrence and palliative care. This event highlights some key considerations in cancer care – the multidisciplinary team, oral issues in the cancer patient, second opinions, surgical options, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dealing with death and more. Cancer can be a burden not only to the patient, but to the medical professional. What about them? What about burn-out and self-care to prevent such?

Join us as we explore these considerations and more at the Considerations in Cancer Care Medical Education event.

Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are welcomed. CPE credit will be available. Persons with a general interest in cancer care are also welcome to attend.

Sponsored by: 21st Century Oncology

BDS$50.00 – All Health Professionals/ Attendees; Students: BDS$35.00

RSVP: www.hibiscushealthcaribbeanevents.eventbrite.com

Payment: Ticketpal.com; AB Music Supplies Sheraton; Sundek Boutique Limegrove; Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre; Pick-up: 246253-9384; hhccmeevents@gmail.com



Time Item Speaker
5.00-5.05 Opening Remarks: Considerations in Cancer Care Dr. June Clarke, Oncologist
5.05-5.30 Communication in Cancer Care & Second Opinions Kathia Murray, Physician’s Assistant, 21st Century Oncology, USA
5.30-5.55 Surgical Considerations in Cancer Dr. Ian Lewis, General Surgeon
5.55-6.20 Occupational Therapy Considerations in Cancer Care Hilary Bethell, Occupational Therapist
6.20-6.30 Break  
6.30-6.55 Occupational Therapy, Mental Health and Cancer Lennox Rochester, Occupational Therapist
6.55-7.20 Oral Considerations in Cancer Care Pamela Phillips, Dentist
7.20-8.30 Panel Discussion:

Fear of Chemotherapy: Is It Rational?

Multidisciplinary Team Considerations in Cancer Care

Case Studies

Patient’s Perspective

Physician Burn-Out & Self – Care

Multidisciplinary Team

Dr. Ian Lewis, General Surgeon, Chairperson

Dr. June Clarke, Oncologist

Janelle Chase-Mayers, Creative Systemic Therapist

Jackie King, Physiotherapist

Lennox Rochester, Mental Health, OT