Major upgrades for Faith Hospital

Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac is to undergo major renovations as part of plans by the Health Services Authority to healthcare services and facilities in the Sister Islands

‘Population growth in Cayman Brac, which has placed increased demand on our services, and the age of the facility require that we actively review and update our master plan to ensure our hospital facilities, services and equipment are capable of meeting the healthcare needs of all residents of the Sister Islands,’ Dr. Sriragnan Velusamy, medical officer in charge of Faith Hospital, said in a press release.

Dr. Velusamy emphasized whilst a long term plan is being developed for Faith Hospital to ensure its capacity to meet the needs of the community into the next century, there is need for immediate repairs to certain areas of the hospital which have shown evidence of deterioration in recent years.

‘Our immediate priority is to improve the current facilities for the safety of patients and staff. While our planning team has gone to great detail to put in place contingency arrangements to ensure the continuity of services to the community during the period of construction work, there may be periodic interruptions in the normal routine and we ask for the understanding and patience of all during this time’ continued Dr. Velusamy.

He noted that the renovations will require the temporary relocation of some patient services to the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre for approximately six months.

Senior Project Manager of the Public Works Department Mark Urizar said the work will include major upgrades to the hospital electrical systems, air condition systems and the building fabric.

These works will be undertaken in four broad phases to minimize any inconvenience to the public. He emphasized that all hospital operations will be fully operational during the period of renovations, with services being relocated to other areas of the facility to facilitate the construction.

‘The renovations will upgrade the hospital to current building codes and provide significant enhancements in many areas of the inpatient and outpatient facilities for the benefit of patients and staff,’ noted Mr. Urizar, who has overall responsibility for the project.

The renovation works are scheduled to commence this month and are expected to be completed by early 2009.