A flexible sigmoidoscope has been donated to The Cayman Islands Hospital by Dr. Neeley Panton.
A specialised piece of equipment, the machine is used to examine a patient’s intestines for signs of disease.
It was accepted by Medical Director Dr. Greg Hoeksema, and welcomed by other practitioners in the surgical section.
Dr. Panton is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and the Acting Head of General Surgery at the University of British Colombia (UBC). He further heads the Vancouver General Hospital & Health Services Centre in British Columbia.
His donation is a gesture of his continued support of the Cayman Islands community. In the wake of Hurricane Ivan, he immediately arranged for large quantities of essential medical supplies to be sent to Grand Cayman and also offered his professional services.
Afterwards, he continued to arrange contributions of specialised equipment to benefit local medical and surgical teams. Over the years he has also organised the donation of medical equipment to the University of the West Indies (UHWI) Hospital.
A ‘son of local soil’, Dr. Panton’s father was the late Mr. Ormond Panton, a noted Caymanian attorney and political figure, and his mother is Mrs. Naomi Panton.
As a young man in 1971, Dr. Panton left his Grand Cayman home to pursue medical training at UHWI in Jamaica. Completing his studies in 1977, he stayed on for his internship and residency. He then began a period of advanced training at UBC in 1979, where his specialty was general surgery.
Dr. Panton started his practice in 1984 with the specialty and sub-specialisations in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery.
He and his wife Rhona have two grown children, Giles and Boyd, who are respectively pursuing careers in acting and engineering.