Seafarers donate to Cayman Islands Hospital

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association has donated a $100,000 laparoscopic tower to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town. 

The equipment will enable patients to undergo minimally invasive surgery from which they can recover quicker than through traditional surgery. 

John Douglas, president of the Seafarers Association and several members of the group were on hand for the official presentation of the equipment at the operating theatre area of the hospital Wednesday afternoon, 22 August. 

“Today, in collaboration with the CEO and medical director of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, we the Cayman Islands Seafarers Association, are proud to provide into your safekeeping, our vitally essential medical equipment purchase, donated specifically for use at the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority for the betterment of health services delivery by which all of the people of the Cayman Islands shall receive the benefit of,” Mr. Douglas said. 

“We contacted the hospital and asked them to give us a list of what they needed,” he said. 

Gynaecologists, urologists and general surgeons already carry out laparoscopic surgery at the hospital, but Health Services Authority Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood said demand for minimally invasive operations is growing. “The donation of another laparoscopic tower will enable patients to be scheduled sooner for their surgeries,” she said. 

The laparoscopic tower includes Exera II high definition cameras and endoscopes and a Medvix monitor. 

Kieran Casey from Andar International, which represents Olympus in the Caribbean, installed the machine and talked the seafarers through the equipment they had provided, saying the tower was cutting-edge technology that put Cayman on the “same playing field as the United States”. 

He said: “This is the flagship surgical tower from Olympus … It’s high definition, it’s not your the normal standard definition grainy image. [It’s] like high-definition TV … It’s able to do surgical procedures from general surgery in your abdomen and all different specialities. It’s called a universal tower, it can do arthroscopy (joint surgery), gynaecology, urology and general surgery.”
Surgeon Dr. Ajit Mathews, who will be the first to use the equipment, said it enables quicker recovery for patients and offer a very safe method of surgery. “The better the picture quality, the better the safety,” 
he said. 

Seafarers donate to hospital

Health Services Authority Lizzette Yearwood thanks Seafarers Association president John Douglas for the Olympus laparoscopic tower donated for use in the Cayman Islands Hospital’s operating theatre. – PHOTO: NORMA CONNOLLY

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