HSA moves ahead with Bodden Town clinic project

The Health Services Authority has issued a request for proposals for architectural drawings of a new Bodden Town medical centre.

The RFP was published Friday on government’s procurement portal with a deadline of 31 Oct. for bids. The Authority said it expects to finalise the RFP and vendor selection process by year-end and announce the projected cost estimates, as well as a project schedule for the new facility in 2020.

Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood

According to the RFP, the HSA is seeking proposals for designs and other architectural services for the construction of the new health facility “consisting of a multi-story structure having a footprint of approximately 60,000 square feet and will house the new Bodden Town medical centre, EMS and Acute Care Services, administrative offices, and any other services that may be contemplated by the Authority”.

It added that the complex will be designed and built to withstand the effects of a major hurricane or other natural disasters and reopen to serve the public.

In a media statement Friday, the HSA said the satellite medical facility in Bodden Town would replace the existing Bodden Town Health Centre and offer a range of expanded and new clinical services to residents of the eastern districts.

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HSA’s CEO Lizzette Yearwood said in the statement that the plans for the new facility are part of the Authority’s strategic goal to increase access to care and expand services in communities across the Cayman Islands.

Yearwood pointed to data from the Cayman Islands Economics and Statistics Office which showed an increase of 3.8% in the population. She said the number of people living in Bodden Town has surpassed that of West Bay, which “is also putting pressure on the limited facility at the Bodden Town Health Centre”.

The project will be done in two phases and, according to the HSA, it is part of the implementation of “its 30-year Master Facility and Service Development Plan to expand services and access to care to meet the changing demographics and new demands for healthcare services”.

The HSA said the first phase of the clinic will include a waiting area for approximately 50 people, two administrative offices, two minor operation rooms, three to four urgent care rooms, three to four clinical exam rooms, and a pharmacy. The clinic is also expected to have a dialysis area with all supporting infrastructure, as well as a radiology unit with supporting infrastructure.

The HSA said phase two involves the expansion of the complex to include inpatient services. This area will include an accident and emergency area with six bays, an operating room with supporting infrastructure, medical gas infrastructure and eight to 12 inpatient rooms.

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