Eye doctor leaves; clinic scrambling to reschedule patients

The departure of head ophthalmologist Dr. Jyotin Pandit from the Lions Eye Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital has left staff scrambling to reschedule patients at the busy clinic. 

Clinic staff have been calling patients to allow patients to make new arrangements for appointments following Dr. Pandit’s last day on Friday. 

CEO of the Health Services Authority Lizzette Yearwood said the authority “apologised profusely for the inconvenience” to patients, many of whom are elderly, whose appointments have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the “unexpected and short-notice resignation” of the ophthalmologist. 

Dr. Pandit, who has worked at the clinic for six years, gave a month’s notice of his resignation and left for personal reasons, Ms Yearwood said. 

He was the only ophthalmologist working at the clinic. 

To fill the gap created by his departure, locums will temporarily offer their services to patients and Dr. Krishna Mani will work with outpatients, while the Health Services Authority “aggressively” recruits two opthomologists for the clinic, she said. 

A temporary physician is expected to start next week until a full-time replacement for Dr. Pandit is found. 

 

Patients with appointments or those seeking more information, are asked to call the Eye Clinic at 244-2818 or patient services representative, Tina McLean at 244-2820. 

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Dr. Jyotin Pandit, pictured here in 2009, examining a patient’s sight, worked at the Lions Eye Clinic for six years. – PHOTO: FILE
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