Cayman Brac’s Faith Hospital is to undergo major renovations as part of a plan the Health Services Authority says will improve healthcare on the Sister Islands.
Population growth, coupled with the age of the facility, mean the HSA has had to update its master plan to ensure facilities, services and equipment are capable of meeting the healthcare needs of Sister Islands residents, said Medical Officer in charge of Faith Hospital, Dr. Sriragnan Velusamy.
While a long term plan is still being worked out for the hospital, Mr. Velusamy said there is a need for immediate repairs to certain deteriorated parts of the hospital.
The renovations will require the temporary relocation of some patient services to the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre for approximately six months, he added.
‘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’ Mr. Velusamy said.
Mark Urizar, senior project manager of the Public Works Department, who will have overall responsibility for the project, said the work will include major upgrades to the hospital’s electrical and air-conditioning systems and the building fabric.
The work will be undertaken in four broad phases to minimise any inconvenience to the public.
Mr. Urizar emphasised 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 construction.
The renovation works are set to commence in June 2008 and are expected to be completed by early 2009.