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Wall to be dedicated to heart survivors

The Cayman Heart Fund plans to install a Heart Survivors wall at the Cayman Islands Hospital and is seeking survivors to include in the project.

Milestone surgery performed at local hospital

Three-week-old Sariah Miller underwent laparoscopic surgery, also known as “keyhole” surgery, at the Cayman Islands Hospital last month in the first operation of its kind at the hospital involving a newborn.

Police respond to fight at bar

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service responded to a disturbance involving a man with a machete at Bananas Bar on Eastern Avenue in George Town in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Man stabbed at McField Square

Royal Cayman Islands Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred early Sunday in George Town’s McField Square. Officers responded to the report of a fight around 2 a.m., but found “no one” there when they arrived.

Acute care clinic opens at public hospital

A new acute care clinic has opened at the Cayman Islands Hospital for patients with urgent but non-emergency medical conditions. The unit will offer walk-in appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and is aimed at patients with everyday illnesses and injuries.

Man stabbed by panhandler outside George Town Subway

A panhandler outside a George Town Subway restaurant stabbed a man in the chest early Tuesday morning, according to police. Police said the restaurant patron was entering Subway around 1:30 a.m. when he was approached by the panhandler, who asked for money.

Fiery vehicle accident injures two on Brac

Two women were hurt, one seriously, early Thursday on Cayman Brac after the vehicle they rode in caught fire. Police said the vehicle fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. on Ashton Reid Drive near Bight Road. Both women inside escaped before the vehicle caught fire.

New mental health facility to be based on model farm in US

When health officials signed a nearly $900,000 contract 10 days ago to design a long-term home for the mentally ill, Cayman offered hope to dozens of people and their families.

Police seek more witnesses to fatal airport crash

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is seeking additional witnesses to the July 17 auto-pedestrian crash at Owen Roberts International Airport that killed a visiting Jamaican doctor. A 69-year-old taxi driver arrested in connection with the smash.

Cuban migrant escapes detention center

A migrant detained for seven months at the Immigration Detention Center escaped over the facility’s barbed-wire fence Wednesday and was recaptured in the swamp area near the complex.
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Contract signed for mental health facility

A Toronto-based firm has signed a contract to design and build a long-term residential mental health facility in Cayman. Currently, the only health facility at which people with mental health issues can be treated in-house is an eight-bed unit at Cayman Islands Hospital.

Police officers render ‘life saving’ aid in 2 incidents

Officers helped save the lives of an elderly woman in George Town and a West Bay man last week.

Doctor says Webster was ‘in a delirium’

Dr. Marc Lockhart, psychiatrist at the Cayman Islands Hospital, told the court on Thursday he felt that when Errington Webster committed an indecent act in the presence of a child, Webster was operating in a delirium. He said the symptoms indicated “a confusional state.”

Cayman’s first mental health nurse retires

After 31 years of service to the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, Cayman’s first mental health nurse, Diana Parchment, has retired.

Public hospital offering hip, knee replacements

The Cayman Islands Hospital is now offering total hip and knee replacement surgical procedures for people suffering from severe arthritis and other joint disorders.

Teen in critical condition after stabbing on 7 Mile Beach corridor

A 15-year-old boy was left in critical condition following a stabbing on West Bay Road Saturday night.

Hospital kitchen gets ‘all clear’ after food scare

An environmental health inspector’s report has given the Cayman Islands Hospital kitchen the “all clear” after two patients on the maternity ward found insects in their food. The report indicates that the worm-like insects, found in breakfast porridge on Saturday morning, were “weevil larvae.”

Chrissie Tomlinson Hospital to reopen maternity ward

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital will reopen its maternity ward sometime in the next couple of months, offering rebuilt rooms, new beds and a luxury environment designed to attract and retain patients.

Two arrests made in Fete nightclub shooting

Two people were arrested Thursday morning in connection with last weekend’s shooting outside a West Bay Road nightclub. It was the second shooting outside the business in a little more than a month.

Men bailed in East End police assault case

Two men accused of assaulting police and threatening to kill them were granted conditional bail when they appeared in Summary Court on Thursday morning. Aaron Kenroy Dwain Solomon, 31, and Jaron Calvin Solomon, 28, were charged in connection with an incident at an East End residence on Monday, Feb. 6.

HSA: Free flu shots still available

Health officials advised this week that free flu shots are still available at hospitals and health clinics throughout the Cayman Islands.

Pink Ladies ready to close up shop

The Pink Ladies coffee shop at the Cayman Islands Hospital will close Friday after serving customers for 35 years.

Man sentenced to 14 months for bar stabbing

Travis Arlington Ebanks was sentenced on Wednesday to 14 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. The harm had been life-threatening, defense attorney Nicholas Dixey agreed.
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Driver hospitalized after car strikes light pole

A man was receiving medical treatment Monday after he was injured in a single-car collision Friday night. The car he was driving struck a CUC light pole on Shamrock Road near Soto Lane just before 10 p.m., police reported. The driver of the white Kia pickup truck hit the pole while traveling eastbound.

Man arrested, released on bail, for West Bay fight

A 29-year-old West Bay man was arrested Sunday night after another man was injured in a fight earlier that evening. According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the dispute occurred near the intersection of Reverend Blackman Road and Birch Tree Hill Road in West Bay.

Free flu vaccine now available

This year’s flu vaccine has arrived and is now available free of charge to all residents in Cayman, the Public Health Department has advised. “We recommend that people get vaccinated as soon as possible and definitely before the peak of the flu season, which ranges between December and January."

Pink Ladies to close hospital coffee shop after 35-year run

After serving coffee, cakes, burgers and sandwiches to patients, visitors and staff at the Cayman Islands Hospital for 35 years, the Pink Ladies Coffee Shop is closing. The Pink Ladies announced “with sadness” Tuesday that its management and operation of the coffee shop will end on Dec. 16. The premises will be handed back to the Health Services Authority by the end of the year.

Medical emergency prompts unscheduled stop for Carnival Dream

No cruise ships were scheduled to visit Grand Cayman on Tuesday, so some residents were surprised to see the Carnival Dream along the western coastline in the evening.

HSA will sue to recover debts

The Cayman Islands public hospital system will begin suing patients or businesses that owe healthcare debts, the agency’s chief executive told lawmakers Wednesday.

Hospital gets high-tech X-ray facility

The Health Services Authority has built a new X-ray facility at the Cayman Islands Hospital, refitting an examination room and installing the state-of-the-art $400,000 machine, streamlining the once-cumbersome diagnostic process.

Three stabbed outside Fete along Seven Mile Beach

Police and witnesses say three people were stabbed when a fight broke out outside of Fete Nightclub on West Bay Road early Saturday morning.

Donated funds allow hospital to order new, customized ambulance

The Cayman Islands Hospital is preparing to order a new ambulance from a U.S. manufacturer, finalizing specifications for the fresh equipment after the springtime completion of a $150,000 fundraising effort.

Rotary gives Mental Health Unit waiting room a makeover

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise have transformed the waiting room at the Cayman Islands Hospital’s Mental Health Outpatient Unit into a more comfortable place for patients and visitors.

Man dies after driving himself to hospital

A 42-year-old George Town man collapsed minutes after arriving at the Cayman Islands Hospital and died from an apparent heart attack Saturday night, police reported.

New hair-loss treatment for chemo patients at hospital

The Cayman Islands Hospital has introduced a new therapy treatment that reduces hair loss among cancer patients who receive chemotherapy there.

Past due

EDITORIAL – Turn for the worse: HSA’s accelerating unpaid debts

The estimated $90 million in bad debts for public healthcare says much — but not much good — about the state of these islands. Last...

Hospital waiting room upgraded

The critical care unit of the Cayman Islands Hospital is now a more welcoming place, thanks largely to the efforts of one woman who has spent many hours in the hospital’s waiting rooms over the years.

EDITORIAL – When private funds subsidize government responsibilities

When the private sector pitches in to shoulder what should be government’s burden, it allows our officials to avoid making tough, but absolutely necessary, decisions.

Traveling art show makes final stop

After five months of delighting art lovers island-wide, traveling art show “What does hope look like,” which aimed to bring hope to Cayman residents through visual art, is drawing to a close this Wednesday at The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ Dart Community Gallery.

Blanket immunity

EDITORIAL – Moving toward a healthcare policy of ‘doctors without borders’

It took years Health City to our shores; but now, it seems there are public officials who are doing their utmost to chase them away … in the name of (get this) “competition.”

EDITORIAL – HSA immunity: Legislative malpractice

The Cayman Islands Hospital ought to put up signs to enlighten patients as to government policy: “Management and staff (including physicians) are not responsible for any injuries or deaths that may occur.”

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Court rules HSA doctors have immunity from negligence suits

Doctors at the Cayman Islands Hospital cannot be sued if a patient suffers death or injury as a result of their negligence under current Cayman Islands Law, a judge has ruled.

Cayman marks World Cancer Day

Each year on Feb. 4, people unite in the fight against cancer, rallying to save lives by raising awareness about the disease and lobbying governments and individuals to take action. This year, World Cancer Day ushers in a three-year campaign under the tagline of “We Can. I Can,” which aims to explore how everyone can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

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