Victoria Hospital, St Lucia Castries, St. Lucia

Hospital description

Victoria Hospital is an urban public tertiary care hospital with an emergency department and wards that see mainly heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, sickle cell disease, tuberculosis and HIV. It is the main local trauma facility and operates on a 24-hour schedule. There is an emergency room, which has 6 acute care beds and one resuscitation room. The hospital has a staff of physicians and surgeons specializing in all areas of medicine.

There is no dedicated ambulance service for the hospital, but emergency transport can be provided by the local fire/ambulance service.

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Profile

Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Funding Status Public
Number of Beds 160
Number of Doctors 43

Location

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Local accommodation

Provided by the hospital: No
Setting: For places to stay please visit the following website: saintlucianow.com (St. Lucia tourist board)

Teaching offered for medicine

In-house with doctors. Native doctors have excellent clinical skills. No high tech equipment. Most drugs are available if patients can afford them. Workload in A & E is similar to the UK. Ward rounds, clinics and treatment of paediatric conditions. The main problems are heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and sickle cell disease. Also cases of tuberculosis and HIV.

Research opportunites for medicine

Ongoing studies into diabetes education and incidence.

Case studies from Victoria Hospital, St Lucia

Adam Montgomery
Castries (2014)
I had a really excellent experience in St. Lucia, both in the hospital and out. …

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Lauren McCarthy
Castries (2016)
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Elective enquiries

Name Dr Lisa Charles
Contact role Medical Director
Email vhmddirector@gmail.com
Tel +1 758 456-8221
Contact address Hospital Road
Castries
Vieques
St. Lucia

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Applications

Name Dr Lisa Charles
Contact role Medical Director
Email vhmddirector@gmail.com
Tel +1 758 456-8221
Contact address Hospital Road
Castries
Vieques
St. Lucia

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Most recently answered

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Hi, I was wondering what suggestions people had for places to stay? the webpage that is provided with this profile longer works. Thank you !

Asked by Anjola (studying medicine)

A Hi Anjola, There are many options for accommodation, many students use sites such as Airbnb but typing in the hospital name and elective accommodation come up with many places that previous students have stayed. Thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network 11 months ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Hi, I applied for an elective placement at the same time as two friends back in July. When first enquiring, Lisa Charles would reply within a few days, and my two friends both had their placements confirmed. However, since I actually submitted the application I've had no replies from my 10+ emails over the past few months. I've tried calling but it just cuts off. Does anyone know what is going on and how I can confirm a placement? With my elective dates in March I'm really just wanting to get this sorted, and was hoping to do a placement with my friends. I don't understand why they have had confirmations and I've had no replies.

Asked by Laura (studying medicine)

A Hi Laura, I am sorry that you have not heard back from Lisa, i would imagine if you have sent multiple emails and not received a response that they may have filled their places. With your elective drawing closer i would suggest looking for alternative places and continue to chase this as a secondary option. It may be worth getting your friend who is confirmed on the placement to email on your behalf to check if they get a response. I realise this is not ideal but you do not want to have this as your only option and then potentially run out of time to arrange something else. Thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network about 1 year ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

This question was about St. Lucia

Q Hello - I have been accepted onto this elective to do paeds and then A&E, however I need details about my supervisors and them to fill in a form in order for my medical school to allow me to come. I have been emailing for about a month now to the vhmddirector@gmail.com email but have received no reply. I'm not sure why they've stopped replying but I'm getting really desperate as the deadline is approaching. Is there any other contact details I can try??? The phone numbers just say 'no route found' and cut me off. Thanks

Asked by Katie (studying medicine)

A Hi Katie, i am very sorry for only just responding to your question, have you heard back from them yet? i am afraid we do not have another contact for this hospital but you should hopefully get a direct line to Lisa Charles on 1-758-456-8221 thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network about 1 year ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Has anyone got the updated email address to apply to? The email for Anne, she says she no longer deals with the elective process. Thanks!

Asked by Harriet (studying medicine)

A HI Harriet, who is Anne? have you managed to get through to Lisa Charles? if you cannot get through by email you may need to contact them by phone 1-758-456-8221 thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network about 1 year ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Is anyone heading out in July/August time? I am considering going here for my elective but I am a girl and would be travelling alone which I'm a little nervous about after reading some reviews! I'm sure I'd be fine but it would just be nice to know a few other students before I commit to it :)

Asked by Louise (studying medicine)

A Hi Louise, I will hopefully be heading to St. Lucia in July from Germany. What is your name on facebook? I guess you might be checking your facebook account more often then you are logging in here. Best

Rawlings Achangwa about 1 year ago

A hi louise, im heading out 23rd of july till september 3rd, and i'm a girl and travelling alone too! I'm pretty nervous as well but excited, have you sorted any accommodation yet? i don't know where to stay and it's a bit daunting travelling alone :)

Victoria Rafferty about 1 year ago

A Hi Louise, i am very sorry for such a late response, i am sure that there will be others goin to this hospital so i would ask the hospital if they can put you in touch with any others who are going here at the same time. Thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network about 1 year ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q I've been accepted for a 4 week placement. Has anyone been able to get the 100 euros per week fee reduced or waived?

Asked by amrit (studying medicine)

A Hi there, has anyone managed to get this weekly fee waived? Thanks :)

Ella Thompson over 2 years ago

A Hi Amrit, I've just received an email about the fee. I'm going to see if I can get it waived, I'll let you know if I'm successful.....!

chisolum anakwenze over 2 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Have other people found there is now a charge of 100 euros a week for this elective?

Asked by Lynsey (studying medicine)

A Hi Lynsey, Did you have any luck getting the fee waived? Interested because I'm heading there for my elective! Thanks, Chris

Chris Downing over 3 years ago

A HI Lynsey, looking through the old feedback forms it appears that none of the students have paid a registration fee but the last piece of feedback was left in 2012 and things could have changed since then. i would suggest asking if there was any way the fee could be waived. Many thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network over 3 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Is there an update on the contact details for the hospital? Thanks.

Asked by Loredana (studying medicine)

A Hi Loredana, We beleive the details are still correct but we have contacted the hospital to see if there has been any changes in details. It can take a few weeks to get a response. Many thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network over 3 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Hi, I have emailed vhmddirector@gmail.com and have called the number on the how to apply page a few times but I haven't had any reply. Has anyone had similar problems or have any advice on how to apply? Thanks

Asked by Victoria (studying medicine)

A My group have been in contact with the hospital via this email address, but there has been a delay of around 3 weeks between our emails and each reply.

Emily Currie over 3 years ago

A Hi Sam, Thanks a lot, that would be great as still haven't had any reply! Victoria

Victoria Barnett over 3 years ago

A HI Victoria, I have contacted the hospital to try find out if there is a new contact for applications here. once i hear back i will update the information and let you know. Many thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network over 3 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Dr Lewis no longer works there. The new medical director is Dr Lisa Charles. Her email address is; vhmddirector@gmail.com

Asked by Amy (studying medicine)

A Hi Amy, Thank you very much for letting us know about the change of details for the hospital, we have now updated the information on the how to apply tab. many thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network over 4 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Thank you! How did you contact the hospital? We have been trying to contact Dr Lewis again since the beginning of January on her email lewisem@candw.lc but have had no response although this worked last year.

Asked by Claire (studying medicine)

A Hi Claire, I phoned the hospital using the number on the profile page. The hospital may not be responding to emails as they have filled all the elective placements for this year. I would suggest ringing them using skype or a similar cheap international calling sim if you are still having difficulty. Hope this helps. Thanks Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network over 4 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q Hi, i've seen on your website that this hospital no longer offers electives? However in September 2012 a friend and I organised an 8 week elective for June - August 2013 through Dr Lewis. I am now having difficulty contacting her through email, although we had managed fine when we originally organised it. Do you have any more information on what is going on? She said we had confirmed places so have now booked flights and put a deposit on accommodation. Thank you!

Asked by Claire (studying medicine)

A Hi, I have tried to contact Dr Lewis aiming to go to St Lucia in 2014, however no reply to the email on this website.... can anyone help with a contact number please? Many thanks

Ben Thompson over 4 years ago

A Thank you! How did you contact the hospital? We have been trying to contact Dr Lewis again since the beginning of January on her email lewisem@candw.lc but have had no response although this worked last year.

Claire Judd over 4 years ago

A Hi Claire, We have just contacted the hospital and they have confirmed that your place is confirmed this year. the confusion was that a student informed us that they were no longer offering elective placements, however this is not the case. They have simply filled the amount of students who can go to the hospital for this year. We must apologise as i am sure you must have panicked when you saw the posting on the profile. we hope you have a great elective and if you could write us a review once you have completed your elective that would be great. Many thanks, Sam

sam Marns from Electives Network over 4 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

This question was about St. Lucia

Q Hi sorry again but I have tried to email "lewisem@candw.lc" repeatedly but it will not go through. Got an email saying "Message delivery to 'lewisem@candw.lc' delayedLOCAL module(account lewisem@candw.lc) reports:account is full (quota exceeded) Could you please send me a different contact email address? Thank you very much!

Asked by Natalie (studying medicine)

A Hi Natalie, unfortunately there is not an alternate email contact for this hospital, so the best thing to do is contact the hospital using an international calling card or Skype to check on the availability of electives. Alternatively, you could try to arrange an elective through the Atlantic University School of Medicine which is also based on St Lucia and operates elective rotations. You can find the contact details for AUSOM in our medical schools section. Thanks, Sarah.

Sarah Winstone from Electives Network over 5 years ago

This question was about Victoria Hospital, St Lucia (St. Lucia)

Q I have been trying to contact Dr Lewis for a few weeks now but there has been no response as yet. Is there an alternative email address I could use as I am quite keen to carry out my elective at this hospital. I would really appreciate some help with this. Many Thanks

Asked by Amy (studying medicine)

A Hi Amy, Dr Lewis was promoted to Medical Director in late 2010, so it may now take a while for herto respond to an email. I have checked the email details and they are correct, however, I am also looking into an alternative point of contact for you, so please bear with us. Alternatively, you could try contacting the hospital by phone using an international calling card. Thanks, Sarah.

Sarah Winstone from Electives Network over 5 years ago

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