Students require health screenings

All students entering government or private schools in the Cayman Islands for the first time – regardless of age – are required to have health screenings.

‘This must be done before the new school year begins in September,’ said School Health Coordinator Teldra Lewis.

The Public Health Department offers free screening to all children.

Appointments for students are made at the school at the time of registration. Appointments for students entering George Hicks and John Gray high schools, however, can only be made at the Public Health Department. Call 244-2648 for an appointment.

All health screenings will take place at John Gray Medical Centre after 10 July. Nurse Lewis reminds parents and guardians to accompany the children, and also to bring the child’s immunisation records at the time of the health screening.

‘School health nurses will offer necessary vaccines for children whose immunisations are not up to date,’ she said.

Health screenings can also be done by private doctors, who will issue the school health screening record. These records are provided to the doctors by the Public Health Department.

Completed health screening records should be taken by parents to John Gray Medical Centre, between 8.3am and 4.30pm, from 11 July to 25 August. Completed records also may be taken to the Public Health Department before or after those days.

Once the record has been received, a health screening certificate will be issued that must be taken to the school that the child is entering.

Detailed information sheets for parents and guardians are available at the schools.

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For more information, please contact Nurse Lewis at 244-2648 or 244-2734, or John Gray Medical Centre at 925-5401.

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