Antigua & Barbuda : Endometriosis Care and Support

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As you may already know, I like to research Endo care around the world.  Today, we’re traveling to Antigua & Barbuda (I’ve had a few blog views from that location…). Who doesn’t like an island destination?

Antigua and Barbuda are a set of islands in the Caribbean and is a very popular tourist destination  They’re 15 minutes apart from each other (by air) or 90 minutes (by ferry).

Antigua is 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, and is where most of the populace live.  Cute town names, such as “Old Road,” “Jolly Harbour,” and “Free Town.”  Barbuda is undeveloped and even smaller, boasting a whopping 68 square miles, and one town, Codrington.  Together, the islands house 92,500 residents, not including the tourists.   For comparison, the islands, combined, are a little over twice the size of Washington, D.C.

Antigua has 26 community health clinics and 1 public hospital.  Some of these clinics look like nothing more than houses in small towns, but they are healthcare clinics, nonetheless.  I’ve reached out to some of those facilities for more information on how they may treat Endometriosis (keep in mind there’s no bonefide “excision specialists” on the island)…but that doesn’t mean that a great surgeon/OBGYN isn’t available.

Hannah Thomas Hospital on Barbuda has 1 8-bed medical facility.  It’s the only medical facility on Barbuda.  They handle mild to moderate surgeries, and ship any major medical emergencies off to Antigua.

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre in the capital is a 185 bed teaching hospital.  I’ve emailed them for more information and if they treat Endometriosis, but have not yet heard back.

Adelin Medical Centre in St. John’s is a non-profit, 18-bed clinic.  They offer surgical and gynecological care. In 2010, the clinic hit financial difficulties and had to terminate many staff members and was unable to pay salaries.  In 2013, the building was up for auction.  I cannot confirm if this Medical Centre is, or isn’t, still in practice.

Dr. Dane Abbott is an OB/GYN at the The Women’s Clinic in St. John’s.  I’ve emailed them for more information and if they treat Endometriosis, but have not yet heard back.

Free Clinic of English Harbor in English Harbour is run by the medical and nursing students of the University of Health Sciences Antigua.  It’s open twice a week and they roughly see 10 patients a day; however, they do not have the staff or equipment for Endometriosis excision surgery and have referred me to speak with Dr. Mansoor or Dr. Martin.  I emailed them both (here’s to hoping they respond).

Dr. Richard Salter is a Dallas, TX OB/GYN who used to take mission trips with his wife to A&B to care for the women.  I’ve emailed him for more details on their visits to the islands, but have not yet heard back.

Dr. Raymond Mansoor is an OB/GYN at the Mansoor Medical for Women’s Health in St. John’s.  He seems to specialize in infertility and IVF treatments, but is also a resident physician at St. John’s Medical Centre and the Adelin Medical Center. I’ve emailed them for more information and if they treat Endometriosis, but have not yet heard back.  One EndoSister from Antigua wrote me; Dr. Mansoor referred her to Jamaica for her excision surgery.  Options are limited to those on the islands, and you do what you must.  That being said, she absolutely LOVES Dr. Mansoor and speaks very highly of him, and he is still her doctor.

Dr. Gwendolyn Fevrier-Roberts is an OB/GYN at Rovier Medical in St. John’s has been practicing since 1989.  She also practices at the Adelin Medical Center for any gynecological surgeries.  I’ve emailed them for more information and if they treat Endometriosis, but have not yet heard back.

Dr. Andre Winter an OB/GYN of Winter’s Medical Centre in St. John’s was interviewed in the September 2008 edition of Business Focus Antigua Barbuda magazine.  The clinic boasts of an outpatient surgical center, Dr. Winter’s gynecological expertise, as well as a urologist, general surgeon, and internist.  The email address for Winters Medical Centre was bounced back as bad…

On September 22, 2014, Good Morning Antigua & Barbuda interviewed Dr. Dean Martin, a gynecologist who is intimately familiar with treating the disease, as well as fibroids and chronic pelvic pain.  It was a great awareness campaign for the women of the islands.  The videos can be found here.  I attempted to email Dr. Martin, but the only addresses I could find (or were given) came back as bad.  Hoping he’s still in practice and helping women abroad.

If you live in the islands and have Endometriosis and wish to share your experience, please click here.  And if you have a doctor you love and trust that treats Endometriosis, please let me know who they are so I may update this blog.  I would love to hear from you!

Resources:

ABS TV Radio Antigua & Barbuda – GMAB Interviews Dr. Dean Martin Obstetrician and Gynecologist about Endometriosis

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda Buzz

Antigua Nice LTD

Business Focus Antigua Barbuda

Commonwealth Health Online

Mansoor Medical

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre

Rovier Medical 

The Daily Observer

The Embassy of the United States

The World Factbook

University of Health Sciences Antigua

~ Again, I am a layman.  I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge.  Please take what I say with a grain of salt.  If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings.  Or challenge them.  And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always.  Yours ~ Lisa

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