Free Parkinson’s disease screening on offer

A free seminar will raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease tomorrow.

The Bermuda Medical Specialties Group will give advice on treatment at the BMSG office on Reid Street, from 10am to noon. Arlene Basden, medical director at BMSG, said the long-term degenerative disorder affects almost a million adults in the US. Diana Apetauerova, director of the Movement Disorders Programme at Lahey Health & Medical Centre, will discuss deep brain stimulation, the main treatment for Parkinson’s.

She will also talk about signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and provide new information and treatment options. People will also be able to put questions to Dr Apetauerova.

Early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include cramped handwriting or other writing changes, tremors, uncontrollable movements during sleep, limb stiffness or slow movement, voice changes, rigid facial expression or masking and stooped posture.

Parkinson’s symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, patients may have difficulty walking and talking and experience mental and behavioural changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties and fatigue.

There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms and maintain quality of life.

Those interested in attending the event should register in advance at https://bermudamedical.com/parkinsons or call BMSG on 541-2674.

BMSG To Host Parkinson’s Disease Seminar

We will will be hosting a free Parkinson’s disease Seminar on April 13.

A spokesperson said, “On Saturday, April 13th, Bermuda Medical Specialties Group will hold a Parkinson’s disease Seminar at its Reid Street location [next to the Phoenix Center]. The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative disorder that affects nearly 1 million adults in the United States and Bermuda Medical Specialties Group’s upcoming event called “Living with Parkinson’s Disease” will show those living with the sickness how to cope and understand the disease better,” said Dr. Arlene Basden, Medical Director, Bermuda Medical Specialties Group.

“Parkinson’s symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking. They may also have mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue.

“Both men and women can have Parkinson’s disease. However, the disease affects about 50 percent more men than women.

“Although there’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are available to help reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible.

“Dr. Diana Apetauerova, Director, Movement Disorders Program at Lahey Health & Medical Center will discuss deep brain stimulation, the main treatment for Parkinson’s, and will also talk about signs & symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, providing new information on it, and treatment options,” added Dr. Basden.

“At the end, there will be opportunities for people to have questions answered by Doctor Apetauerova.”

“Parkinson’s disease not only affects the patient, it impacts the entire family. As such, the seminar is designed for patients, family members and anyone interested in learning more about the latest advancements in treatment and in connecting with others living with the disease.

“The early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation, include: cramped handwriting or other writing changes; tremor, especially in the finger, hand, or foot; uncontrollable movements during sleep; limb stiffness or slow movement, bradykinesia; voice changes; rigid facial expression or masking; and stooped posture.

“Persons interested in attending the events should register in advance by calling 541-2674.

Calendar of Events

Free healthcare event

Bermuda Medical Specialties Group (BMSG) is hosting a day of free, healthcare-events on Saturday, April 6th at Hamilton Princess Hotel, and at its Reid Street medical practice where members of the public can take advantage of free educational and healthcare-focused discussions.

The day will cover two events. The first will be held in the morning at the Hamilton Princess Hotel featuring info sessions by leading physicians and experts from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and BMSG. The second event will be an afternoon session for Seniors at the Reid Street premises of Bermuda Medical Specialties Group.

Both events are free and open to the general public. Anyone above 16 years can attend to learn and discuss various health conditions currently impacting Bermuda.

The morning event, ‘Let’s Talk Health’ will be held at Hamilton Princess Hotel starting at 9:30am on Saturday, April 6th in the Princess Victoria Katherine Ballroom. This event is for people with health concerns, caregivers, family & friends, and anyone interested in meeting and speaking with physicians and medical experts representing a wide-array of chronic health conditions such as, Dementia, Arthritis, Hormonal issues, Sleep disorders, COPD, Asthma, Heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, Menopause, Ageing Male issues, Diabetes, Movement Disorders, and other chronic health issues.

“At BMSG, we are very concerned about what people understand about their own health, says Dr. Basden. Having access to good information and education is very important to living long, living well, and maintaining a general state of good health.”

“This is our first year for hosting this event. There will be 10 doctors including the CEO of Lahey Hospital available to talk to with the general public for free. The doctors will discuss the latest advances in modern medicine and what is now available in Bermuda, and then there will be time for the public to speak to the doctors one-on-one.” says Dr. Arlene Basden, Medical Practice Director, Bermuda Medical Specialties Group.

The forum will feature Lahey Hospital & Medical Center specialist physicians representing numerous areas, including Endocrinology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Neurology, and Rheumatology. BMSG physicians will also be on hand to discuss complex medicine, care coordination, and advanced approaches to healthcare. AT BMSG, we encourage everyone to take charge of his or her health. This event is intended to inform and educate so that the general public will be able to better participate in their health decisions.” added Dr. Basden. This event is significant. Not only are these doctors specialists, several are professors who teach and train other doctors. This is truly something that should not be missed.”

The second event, “Seniors Health Fair” will take place at the BMSG Outpatient Clinic on Reid Street from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This is a great opportunity for seniors to meet and have conversations with the team of physicians from BMSG and Lahey Hospital about aging, living well and their specific health issues.

Attendees will receive free health screenings, free blood pressure monitoring, attend free health information sessions, tour the new medical facility, and take home a few product samplings from BGA, Lahey and BMSG.

Persons interested in attending the events should register in advance at www.bermudamedical.com/registration or call BMSG at 541-2674.

Free Healthcare Information & Education Event

Bermuda Medical Specialties Group [BMSG] is hosting a day of free, healthcare-events on Saturday, April 6th at Hamilton Princess and at its Reid Street medical practice where members of the public can take advantage of free educational and healthcare-focused discussions.

The day will cover two events. The first will be held in the morning at the Hamilton Princess Hotel featuring info sessions by leading physicians and experts from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and BMSG. The second event will be an afternoon session for Seniors at the Reid Street premises of Bermuda Medical Specialties Group.

Both events are free and open to the general public. Anyone above 16 years can attend to learn and discuss various health conditions currently impacting Bermuda.

The morning event, ‘Let’s Talk Health’ will be held at Hamilton Princess Hotel starting at 9:30am on Saturday, April 6th in the Princess Victoria Katherine Ballroom.

This event is for people with health concerns, caregivers, family & friends, and anyone interested in meeting and speaking with physicians and medical experts representing a wide-array of chronic health conditions such as, Dementia, Arthritis, Hormonal issues, Sleep disorders, COPD, Asthma, Heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, Menopause, Ageing Male issues, Diabetes, Movement Disorders, and other chronic health issues.

“This is our first year for hosting this event. There will be 10 doctors including the CEO of Lahey Hospital available to talk to with the general public for free. The doctors will discuss the latest advances in modern medicine and what is now available in Bermuda, and then there will be time for the public to speak to the doctors one-on-one,” says Dr. Arlene Basden, Medical Practice Director, Bermuda Medical Specialties Group.

“At BMSG, we are very concerned about what people understand about their own health,” said Dr. Basden. “Having access to good information and education is very important to living long, living well, and maintaining a general state of good health.”

“The forum will feature Lahey Hospital & Medical Center specialist physicians representing numerous areas, including Endocrinology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Neurology, and Rheumatology. BMSG physicians will also be on hand to discuss complex medicine, care coordination, and advanced approaches to healthcare.

“AT BMSG, we encourage everyone to take charge of his or her health. This event is intended to inform and educate so that the general public will be able to better participate in their health decisions.” added Dr. Basden. “This event is significant. Not only are these doctors specialists, several are professors who teach and train other doctors. This is truly something that should not be missed.”

The second event, “Seniors Health Fair” will take place at the BMSG Outpatient Clinic on Reid Street from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This is an opportunity for seniors to meet and have conversations with the team of physicians from BMSG and Lahey Hospital about aging, living well and their specific health issues.

Attendees will receive free health screenings, free blood pressure monitoring, attend free health information sessions, tour the new medical facility, and take home a few product samplings from BGA, Lahey and BMSG.

Persons interested in attending the events should register in advance at www.bermudamedical.com/registration or call BMSG at 541-2674.

Lahey Hospital and BMSG working together

Lahey Hospital will soon be providing specialist care at the Bermuda Medical Specialities Group clinic on Reid Street.

Officials at BMSG announced an agreement with the Massachusetts hospital today.

Lahey medical experts will see endocrinology, allergy and immunology, and neurology patients, among others.

“The goal at BMSG is to provide access to international level medical services here, on-island in Bermuda while aiming to reduce costs and improve outcomes,” Arlene Basden, BMSG medical director, said.

“We started first with Peter Schwartz (cosmetic plastic surgeon), body plethysmography (the gold standard for lung and breathing issues), and are about to launch our non-invasive vascular lab (identification of circulation disease which will lead to reduction in amputations).”

Dr Basden said Lahey is no stranger to Bermuda.

“Lahey has been a member of the Bermuda healthcare community for over two decades, providing high quality care to the people of Bermuda,” she said.

“Our new agreement with Lahey represents our commitment to ensuring that an even wider range of affordable, high quality care is readily available in Bermuda without patients having to incur the costs and stress of travelling overseas.”

Richard Nesto, interim CEO, chief medical officer Lahey Health, said: “Lahey Hospital and Medical Centre has chosen to partner with BMSG to help us provide high-quality speciality care on the Island. BMSG’s state of the art facilities provide the ideal setting for the people of Bermuda to receive care from our world-renowned physicians.”

BMSG currently provides a range of primary care, specialist, and subspecialist services including cardiology, neurology, rheumatology, pulmonology, endocrinology, asthma, allergy, cosmetic plastic surgery and nutrition. BMSG also provides diagnostic and testing services for each speciality.

For more information see www.bermudamedical.com or call 541-2674

Lahey To Provide Medical Services At BMSG

The Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is to provide medical services to patients of the Bermuda Medical Specialties Group, following an agreement between the two medical practices.

The agreement calls for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center physicians to visit Bermuda Medical Specialties Group regularly in support of specialist physician services at their facilities on Reid St, Hamilton.

“The goal at BMSG is to provide access to international-level medical services here, on-island in Bermuda while aiming to reduce costs and improve outcomes,” says Dr. Arlene Basden, Medical Director at BMSG.

“We started first with Dr Peter Schwartz [Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon], Body Plethysmography [the gold standard for lung and breathing issues], and are about to launch our non-invasive Vascular Lab [identification of circulation disease which will lead to reduction in amputations],” added Dr. Basden.

“Today, we are pleased to announce an agreement with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Lahey is no stranger to Bermuda,” says Dr. Basden.

“Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has been a member of the Bermuda healthcare community for over two decades, providing high quality care to the people of Bermuda. Our new agreement with Lahey represents our commitment to ensuring that an even wider range of affordable, high quality care is readily available in Bermuda without patients having to incur the costs and stress of traveling overseas,” says Dr. Basden.

The Lahey physicians will include:

Dr. Garcia Banigan [Endocrinology] with special interest in Diabetes, Bone Disease, Thyroid Disorders and Sexual Function
Dr. Michael Levy [Cardiology and Vascular Medicine]
Dr. John Saryan [Allergy & Immunology with a special interest in Asthma, Food Allergy and Pediatric Allergy]
Dr. Adam Smith [Pulmonology and Critical Care]
Dr. Daniel Fitelson, M.D. [Pulmonary & Critical Care]
Dr. Diana Apetauerova [Neurology with special interest in Movement Disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease]
Dr. Ann Camac [Neurology with special interest in Headaches and Multiple Sclerosis]
Dr. Daniel Vardeh [General Neurology and Pain Management]
Dr. Michael Pincus [Rheumatology with special interest in Sarcoidosis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis]
Dr. Richard Zangara [General Rheumatology]
“Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has chosen to partner with Bermuda Medical Specialties Group to help us provide high-quality specialty care on the island. BMSG’s state of the art facilities provide the ideal setting for the people of Bermuda to receive care from our world-renowned physicians, “Says, Dr. Richard Nesto, Interim CEO, Chief Medical Officer Lahey Health.

BMSG currently provides a range of primary care, specialist, and subspecialist services including cardiology, neurology, rheumatology, pulmonology, endocrinology, asthma, allergy, cosmetic plastic surgery and nutrition. BMSG also provides diagnostic and testing services for each specialty.

Bermuda Medical Specialties Group is accepting patient appointments, referrals and walk-ins at its office, located at 3 Reid Street, Hamilton, 3rd Floor, adjacent to the Phoenix Centre. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.