Security has been beefed up at the Cayman Islands Hospital following last week’s fatal shooting on site and the recent rash of violent crimes in the community.
The Health Services Authority (HSA) said in a press release security had been improved at the hospital ‘to provide a more secure and safe environment for everyone.’
All patients entering or leaving the hospital must now enter through the main entrance, at the front of the hospital, which is on Hospital Road and the security check point before proceeding to any patient units and other service areas within the hospital.
Chief Executive Officer of the HSA, Mrs. Eloise Reid says that the new arrangements will enable the hospital to better monitor and manage movements at the facility. She says the HSA understands that some patients my find the new arrangements inconvenient as there may be some delays, but it considers the safety and security of patients and staff to be paramount. The HSA is appealing for everyone’s patience and co-operation at this time.
Visiting hours will be rigidly enforced. Visiting hours for all inpatient units except the Critical Care and Paediatric Units are between 11 am and 8pm and/or at the discretion of the Units’ charge nurses. Visiting hours in the Paediatric Unit are 8am to 8pm.
Visitors are limited to two persons at a time per patient. Visiting in the Critical Care Unit and Accident and Emergency is restricted to one to two persons at a time for 15 minutes, unless the Unit’s charge nurses grant special permission.
One person only is permitted in the Labour Room in the Maternity Unit.
One family member is allowed to remain overnight with an elderly or very ill patient if permission is obtained from the Unit’s charge nurse who must notify the nursing supervisor and the security officer on duty.