The appointment of a full-time paediatrician for Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital means more pregnant Sister Islands mothers will be able to give birth on Cayman Brac.
While women with low-risk pregnancies have been able to give birth at Faith Hospital, doctors have been sending mothers with higher risk pregnancies to Grand Cayman, in circumstances where a paediatrician was required to be on hand.
The appointment of Dr. Lindel Swan means most of those mothers will now be able to stay at home.
‘There is an OBGYN on staff at Faith Hospital, but the reason they had to send mothers to Grand Cayman was because they didn’t have the support of a paediatrician when the child was actually born,’ explained Sister Islands MLA Moses Kirkconnell.
‘The request was put in to the Health Services Authority to supply a paediatrician. I’m extremely pleased that they have answered that request and that we will now have one here on a permanent basis.
‘It’s just one more step in improving the quality of life here in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman,’ he said.
Mr. Swan graduated from the University of Guyana’s Medical School before going on to complete specialist paediatric training at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Since 2002 he has been working as a paediatric specialist at Jamaica’s Bustamante Hospital for Children, Jamaica’s largest children’s hospital and the only specialist paediatric facility in the English speaking Caribbean.
Mr. Swan is due to take up his new post 1 November.
Previously, the Sister Islands have been served by a visiting paediatrician from Grand Cayman.
Sister Islands Medical Officer Dr. Srirangan Velusany said there has been a big need for a full-time paediatrician.
‘I’m delighted that we will have a full time paediatrician for the sister islands – the whole population will benefit from it,’ he said.
‘It’s exciting and I’m thankful to the HSA and its board for providing this service.’
Mr. Swan will make regular visits to Little Cayman to provide paediatric services at the Little Cayman Health Clinic, explained Mr. Velusany.
Mr. Swan will also be involved in the provision of paediatric healthcare in Sister Islands schools, Mr. Velusany said.