By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
The Peebles Hospital is seeking global accreditation in an effort to, among other things, propel the territory on its quest to tap into the medical tourism market.
CEO of the BVI Health Services Authority Dr Ronald Georges told BVI News on Tuesday that work towards that accreditation started 12 months ago.
He said United States-based accreditors, Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd, more commonly referred to as DNV GL, will evaluate the facility in September.
Following that assessment, another date will be given to
Changes to hospital policies
In the meantime, the hospital’s processes, policies, procedures and operations are all being reworked to meet the standard.
“International accreditation is important because it shows that you have met a certain recognized standard of operations. It is not simply an event but a process,” Dr Georges said.
“The other benefit is when you look at medical tourism, where you may have third-party payers, for example, insurance companies who pay for services for clients. When they see that you have a seal of approval, then they can feel safe that their client can receive services in your institution,” he explained.
Dr Georges said, when accredited, the territory can provide services for persons from the US.
“If you do not have that seal, then you cannot provide those services. This is one of the critical medical tourism strategies,” he noted.
The CEO also said medical tourism could begin helping to offset some of the cost of healthcare for the territory once the hospital receives accreditation.
History will be created
Dr Georges said the receiving accreditation would be historical for the BVI.
“Peebles Hospital is going to be the first healthcare organisation in the territory to go through a process like this,” he said.
He further mentioned that several persons including consultants are assisting the hospital’s team to get ready for the upcoming assessment.
“It’s an ongoing process and once you get to a certain stage, they (the DNV GL) will give you their stamp of approval.”
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