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HSA confirms COVID-19 positive staffer

A staffer at Health Services Authority's East End Health Centre has tested positive for COVID-19 forcing the temporary closure of the facility.

COVID vaccinated persons to be contacted for information verification

The Health Services Authority (HSA) is in the process of merging its manual vaccination records with its Electronic Medical Records.
Little Cayman’s new, purpose-built ambulance

Little Cayman receives first purpose-built ambulance

The Health Services Authority (HSA) recently presented Little Cayman with its first new and purpose-built ambulance at the Blossom Village Park

Eye experts save 63-year-old Caymanian woman’s eye

The ophthalmology team at the HSA recently performed an eye saving corneal transplant on a 63-year-old Caymanian woman.

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 15 February – 6 March

COVID-19 vaccination schedule 15 February - 6 March

Cayman has made giant strides in ‘healthcare security’

Significant leaps forward in Cayman’s healthcare capacity helped the islands weather the storm of COVID-19 far better than it may have done a decade ago.

Side effects of COVID crisis impacting health system

The aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to fight it are causing a wave of secondary health impacts across the Cayman Islands.

COVID vaccination schedule week of 1 February

The COVID-19 vaccination programme continues for all persons in Stage 1, Groups A, B, C and Stage 2, Group A.
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COVID-19 patient hospitalised; in stable condition

A traveller who tested positive for COVID-19 has been admitted to the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at the Health Services Authority from quarantine, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed Saturday.

HSA to survey all patients to see if satisfied with service

The Health Services Authority will phone every patient a day or two after they attend any public clinic or hospital in a bid to see if they are satisfied with the service they have received.

Fast COVID testing now available on Brac

Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac can now conduct its own high-speed COVID-19 tests, and will no longer have to send samples to Grand Cayman for processing.

Lee: Isolation recommended for all with flu-like symptoms

With flu season already under way, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said anyone with colds or coughs should isolate as a precaution until they are checked out by a medical professional.
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Healthcare event goes virtual with focus on COVID-19

The 11th Annual Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference will return in a virtual format on Saturday, 17 Oct., with free online presentations throughout the day on the healthcare impacts of COVID-19.

HSA security staffers on trial for fraud

Two government employees accused of defrauding the Health Services Authority of thousands of dollars found themselves on trial in the Grand Court earlier today.

Explainer: What’s up with the mosquitoes?

The current boom in blood-sucking bugs has resulted from a combination of factors, including tides and rainfall, reduced aerial spraying, and the species of mosquitoes overrunning the island, explains Dr. James McNelly, director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit.

Ask the Experts: Health in the time of COVID-19

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez and Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood join host Kevin Morales...

COVID-19 antibody tests begin at Cayman Islands Hospital

The first COVID-19 antibody tests at Cayman Islands Hospital were conducted Friday morning, with frontline healthcare workers taking priority.

Face masks made mandatory at HSA facilities

Starting Monday, 11 May, all people entering Health Services Authority facilities will be required to wear a facemask.
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Lee: No risk from positive COVID-19 HSA health worker

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has assured that there is no risk to the patients or staff at the Health Services Authority after a healthcare worker there tested positive for COVID-19.

Cayman Finance programme supports healthcare workers

Cayman Finance’s ‘Feeding the Frontline’ initiative served more than 450 meals to workers at the Health Services Authority over the Easter weekend. Supported by...
Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

HSA lab under COVID-19 testing pressure

With limited numbers of laboratory technicians on islands those working daily to churn out COVID-19 test results are starting to feel the pressure from testing for the virus on local shores.

Cuban doctors being recruited for Cayman frontline

A request has been sent to the Cuban government for between 50 to 100 Cuban medical professionals to be sent to Cayman to join local health care workers in the COVID-19 battle.

Cayman orders nearly 1 million gloves, 300,000 N95 masks

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is anticipating a substantial order of personal protective equipment, including gloves and surgical masks, in response to COVID-19. Health Minister Dwayne Seymour broke down the number of items already in stock on island and the numbers of items on order.
The ‘Stay Safe & Chill’ Facebook group, supported by the Alex Panton Foundation, allows Cayman Islands students a way to connect.

Online resources expand to address coronavirus anxiety

Anxiety manifests in many ways and, by now, plenty of residents in the Cayman Islands are familiar with the symptoms.
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HSA cancels elective surgeries

The Health Services Authority has cancelled all elective surgeries and specialist services at the Cayman Islands Hospital and Faith Hospital
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Lee: Masks offer false sense of security

Even though surgical face masks are being snapped up locally, Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said they only offer limited protection against viruses.

$1M sought for coronavirus fight

Health officials will be requesting Cabinet approval for just over $1 million as part of local coronavirus response preparations.

Thousands get flu vaccinations

“Each year, we ordered about 3,000 doses of vaccines,” said Joanna Rose-Wright, of the HSA’s Public Health Department, adding that this year, the vaccination programme got off to a late start, but still administered 2,250 vaccines within two weeks. “There has never been a time when we have administered more than 2,000 doses in two weeks,” she said.

Money donated for neonatal transport incubator

A donation last week of US$12,600 will pay for a neonatal transport incubator for the Cayman Islands Hospital.

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...

Dengue fever case identified

A Cayman Islands resident with no recent travel history has become ill with dengue, an infectious disease that can be deadly, according to the...

Dengue case confirmed in Cayman Islands resident

A Cayman Islands resident with no recent travel history has become ill with dengue, an infectious disease that can be deadly, according to the Health Services Authority.

Cayman deploys second medical team to Bahamas

A six-member medical team has left for the Bahamas to continue Cayman’s hurricane-relief efforts.

New telemedicine robot to aid mental health care efforts

The Health Services Authority is expanding the use of its new upgraded ‘RP Sally’ telemedical remote presence robot to help patients facing mental health challenges.
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HSA workers in court on corruption charges

Health Services Authority employees Dominic Fernando Dacres and Nick Romano Smith appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of false accounting and obtaining property by deception.

HSA doctors on high alert for vaping, e-cigarette illnesses

The Health Services Authority has confirmed that its medical staff treated two e-cigarette users but stopped short of linking their symptoms with the use of those products.

HSA medical director receives humanitarian award

Health Services Authority Medical Director Dr. Delroy Jefferson, who has spent his annual leave for the past 15 years on volunteer medical missions, has been honoured for his humanitarian efforts.

New specialist at public hospital

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has recruited a full-time medical haematologist-oncologist to help enhance its blood diseases and cancer care services.

Charges brought in hospital security probe

Two men have been charged with various corruption offences in connection with a probe into alleged abuses of overtime by security staff at the Health Services Authority.

Cayman’s hospitals prepare medical supplies for Bahamas

Cayman’s medical community banded together on Thursday to prepare a shipment of supplies for the storm-ravaged people of the Bahamas. Representatives of the Health Services Authority, CTMH Doctors Hospital and Health City Cayman Islands all contributed to the effort to send supplies.
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Hospital overflow car park to close next week

The Seventh-day Adventist Church parking lot on Smith Road, which is used for overflow parking for the Cayman Islands Hospital, will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from Sunday, 1 Sept., through Friday, 6 Sept.

Health Services Authority welcomes 91 interns

More than 90 interns are spending at least part of their summer at the Health Services Authority.

Empowering parents for World Breastfeeding Week

The Health Services Authority, in partnership with the Cayman Islands Breastfeeding Support Group, is encouraging parents in Cayman to avail of local resources as World Breastfeeding Week gets under way.
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Free hepatitis screenings Tuesday

The Health Services Authority and Cayman Islands Red Cross will offer free health screenings for hepatitis on Tuesday, 30 July, from 9am to 1pm at the Red Cross Administration Offices, Cayman Corporate Centre on Hospital Road.

Chemotherapy Unit upgrades cancer hair loss treatment

The Health Services Authority Chemotherapy Unit has upgraded its cold cap therapy with a scalp cooling system that will improve efficiency of the treatment and provide a more comfortable experience for patients hoping to prevent or reduce the loss of their hair as a result of chemotherapy.

Free HIV tests this week

Cayman Islands healthcare officials are offering free HIV tests this week to mark HIV Testing Week, and in support of National Testing Day and Regional HIV Testing Day which are observed on Thursday, 27 June.

Cayman loses community advocate Bev Banks

The story of Beverly Adma Banks’s life was one of love – love for her community and her fellow man. An advocate for women, the disadvantaged and the sick, Banks touched and changed many lives in Cayman and across the Caribbean.

Delayed mental health facility moving forward

The chairman of the Cayman Islands Mental Health Commission says while plans for a new inpatient mental health facility in East End have been delayed, they are still moving forward and he is hopeful the project could be completed within the next year.

$38,000 donation buys hospital respiratory machine

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has purchased a new respiratory machine to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with breathing and chronic lung problems following a donation of $38,000 from the Cayman Islands Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Blood bank reaches donation record

The Cayman Islands Blood Bank received donations from a record number of 1,529 individuals in 2018. The nearly 20% increase in donors over the previous year helped the blood bank decrease imports from the United States, according to the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority.

Emergency responders give CPR lessons

Emergency Medical Services staff taught members of the public last week how to perform hands-only CPR and how to stop bleeding, as part of an education initiative.

New Bodden Town clinic to offer more services

There is, as of yet, no designated site, but a new and larger health clinic serving Bodden Town is expected to be under construction by 2021.
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Health Services Authority receives first clean audit report

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has received its first clean audit opinion from the auditor general for its 2018 financial statements.
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Health Services Authority Easter hours

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority advises that while the Accident and Emergency department of the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town will remain open throughout the Easter holiday, clinics and health centres will have limited opening times this weekend.

EDITORIAL – Finding a cure for skyrocketing healthcare costs

But there is no question that something must be done to stop the out-of-control growth in government’s healthcare obligations and expenditures. Our current path is simply not sustainable.

Hospital overtime investigation remains under wraps

A government report into the possible abuse of overtime by security staff at the Health Services Authority cannot be released until a criminal investigation on the matter is complete, the Ombudsman has ruled.

Auditor finds vast differences in pay to board members

From the port boss who receives just $150 per meeting to the utilities director who is paid more than $50,000-a-year, an auditor general’s investigation found vast disparity in the pay handed out to the men and women appointed to the boards of some of the Cayman Islands’ most important institutions.

Ambulance involved in three-vehicle crash

An ambulance responding to an emergency call was involved in a three-vehicle collision at a roundabout in George Town Friday morning. No patient was in the ambulance at the time.

Christmas boost for thousands of government workers

Thousands of workers are effectively getting a Christmas bonus with the news that government has sanctioned cost of living salary adjustments for the majority of statutory authorities and government companies.

Heaviest twins born to Cayman family

Katrina Banks and Daniel Diaz Sr. received an early Christmas present last Wednesday when Mrs. Banks gave birth to the heaviest twins on record to be born in Cayman, according to the Health Services Authority.

Hospital overtime audit withheld amid criminal probe

The Health Services Authority has refused to release an internal audit report into “irregularities” in overtime payments made to security staff at the hospital, citing the fact that the matter is under investigation by law enforcement.

Government settles out of court in immunity clause case

Government has settled out of court with the family at the center of the legal battle over the controversial “section 12” clause that protected negligent doctors from lawsuits.

East End health center to improve disabled parking

The Health Services Authority is creating a new parking area at its East End District Health Centre specifically for patients with mobility issues.

Maples and Calder hosts two in-house blood drives

Following the success of the first mobile blood drive conducted by the Health Services Authority earlier this year, Maples and Calder partnered with the Cayman Islands Blood Bank to host two in-house mobile blood drives for their employees during the month of August.
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First round of lawsuits filed over HSA debts

Several lawsuits were filed this month in the Cayman Islands government’s first attempt to take residents to court over past-due medical bills.

Cayman documentary on sexual abuse to feature at international conference

A documentary about child sexual abuse made in the Cayman Islands will be featured at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s congressbeing held in Prague this September.

Immigration reviewing detention of Cuban migrants

The Department of Immigration is “reviewing alternatives” to keeping the 13 asylum-seeking Cuban migrants detained at the Immigration Detention Centre while their asylum applications are being processed, the department stated on Wednesday.

On Cayman Brac, hospital staff must be ready for anything

With only a little more than 2,000 people to serve on Cayman Brac, on many days the hospital’s activity matches the island’s tranquil atmosphere. But it does not take much for that to change, according to Dr. Srirangan Velusamy, the director of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s Sister Islands Health Services.

Hospital security workers arrested in corruption probe

Two supervisors at the Health Services Authority’s security office were arrested Monday in connection with an ongoing criminal probe into staff overtime payments.

60 learn mental health first aid

Sixty people have trained in mental health first aid in ongoing two-day courses run by the Health Services Authority.

Public hospital hires cancer specialist

The Health Services Authority has hired Dr. Basil Armonis as a full-time oncologist at the Cayman Islands Hospital as part of efforts to enhance cancer care services at the hospital.

Hospital appointment reminder service launched

More than 6,000 outpatients a year miss their scheduled hospital appointments, according to Health Services Authority officials. To combat the high number of missed appointments, the HSA is launching an Appointment Reminder Service.

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