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Health Services Authority launches mobile dental unit

The Health Services Authority has acquired a new mobile dental unit, which will be dedicated to providing general dental services to government primary schools that do not have in-house dental clinics.

Medical technologists conference to be held in Cayman

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority, in collaboration with their colleagues from across the Caribbean and the United States, will host the bi-annual Regional Council Meeting for the Caribbean Association of Medical Technologists in Cayman next week.

Cayman seeks to improve detection of heart disease

The Cayman Heart Fund has provided a US$14,000 donation that will be used by the Health Services Authority to further train professionals in detecting and managing heart disease and heart rhythm problems.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Health clinics closed for Easter holiday

The George Town General Practice clinic and District Health Centres will be closed on Good Friday, March 30, and Easter Monday, April 2, the Health Services Authority advised.

First mobile blood drive sets record

Fifty-two pints of blood – the most ever collected on island in a single day – has been recorded in Cayman’s first mobile blood drive.

HSA offering free kidney, health screenings

To mark World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day 2018, the Health Services Authority is hosting a free health screening clinic focusing on kidneys and women’s health on Thursday.

Rotary offers free health screening

Rotary Central and Health Services Authority experts are offering free health checks and advice islandwide on Saturday.

Corruption cops notified of Health Services Authority overtime probe

The Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission has been notified of an ongoing internal audit at the Health Services Authority regarding “irregularities” in overtime payments to security officers.

Cayman working with UK on developing hazmat response

Hazard Management Cayman Islands is developing a plan for dealing with hazardous materials in the territory, the government announced on Friday.
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Hand, foot and mouth disease continuing to spread locally

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is increasing its efforts to control an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease that has surfaced in recent weeks.

Hospital security staff suspended in overtime probe

The Cayman Islands government’s Internal Audit Service is looking into “irregularities” in overtime payments made to security officers working at the Health Services Authority, the Cayman Compass has confirmed.

High demand for vaccines in busy flu season

Cayman’s flu longer-than-usual season rages on, but a larger-than-usual stock of vaccines and medication ordered by public health officials last year means doses are still available.

Conference celebrates the art of living well

More than 1,000 visitors – no doubt many of them staying true to their New Year’s resolutions for self-improvement – attended the inaugural “LiveWell” health, wellness and beauty event at the Camana Bay Arts and Recreation Center on Saturday.

Auditor general identifies government’s ‘biggest losers’

The Cayman Islands auditor general has revealed the government entities with the largest financial losses, stating that most – if not all of them – cannot continue operating without significant future taxpayer support.

HSA and Health City join forces to save farmer’s life

Some quick thinking and an innovative use of existing technology helped the Health Services Authority and Health City Cayman Islands in saving the life of a Jamaican farmer.
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Free HIV/AIDS testing offered

Six days of free HIV/AIDS testing and counseling begin Monday in honor of World AIDS Day. The free tests are being offered Nov. 27-Dec. 2

A gala night for Hedge Funds Care

Members of Cayman’s hedge funds industry gathered at the Kimpton Seafire resort Saturday night to help raise funds to combat child abuse and to treat the victims of abuse.

Free checks for premature babies

The Health Services Authority will offer free developmental checks next week for babies that were born prematurely.

Free diabetes screenings offered

The Health Services Authority and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens will be offering free health screening on World Diabetes Day, Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Cayman Islands Hospital atrium.

Speaker questions PAC role

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush noted a “concern” Wednesday that the Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee had overstepped its role in recent months, wading into areas such as employment within the government service.

Seasonal flu shots available

Seasonal flu shots for 2018-19 are available in limited supply at District Health Centres throughout the Cayman Islands.

UCCI graduates first nursing class

Seeing the first class of Cayman-trained registered nurses complete their studies was as much a relief for Terica Larmond as it was a celebration.

EDITORIAL – Public health agency needs policy reform, not personal attacks

By now, the troubles of the Health Services Authority are well-documented and well-known. Everyone in the Cayman Islands is aware that years of mismanagement at HSA have resulted in uncollected debts, cash shortfalls and other problematic “symptoms” about which we editorialized just last week.

CEO: Health service ramping up collection efforts

Cayman Islands Health Services Authority officials appeared at the Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee meeting for the second time this month on Tuesday to answer questions about their efforts to collect millions of dollars of debt, and to be grilled about the qualifications of its top officials.

Seafarers help two doctors complete studies

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association and the Health Services Authority have signed an memorandum of understanding to provide scholarships for two Caymanian HSA doctors to complete their postgraduate studies in the field of medicine.
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‘Victim blaming’ a concern in child abuse cases

Victim blaming risks legitimizing predators and makes sex crimes against children much more difficult to investigate, senior detectives and child safety advocates have warned.

Heart Survivors Wall unveiled at hospital

The Cayman Heart Fund and the Health Services Authority presented the Heart Survivors Wall on Friday at Cayman Islands Hospital, a tableau of local people who have survived a bout with heart disease.
A forensic DNA scientist uses the Applied Biosystems 7500 Real-Time PCR System, which the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority lab will be using to test for dengue, Zika, chikungunga and other viruses.

Cayman authorized to test for Zika, dengue

Testing for mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya can now be carried out in the Cayman Islands after the Health Services Authority’s laboratory was authorized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do the screenings.

New panel seeks to improve HSA operations

A new Patient and Family Advisory Committee of the Health Services Authority met for the first time this month in an effort to improve patient care at health facilities.

‘Wholly without merit’: Court rejects Canover Watson’s appeal

After hearing former Health Services Authority Chairman Canover Watson’s application to appeal his fraud- and corruption-related convictions on Thursday afternoon, justices for the Court of Appeal adjourned for less than 10 minutes before returning with their decision.

On humanitarian trip to Anguilla, Irma brings back memories of Ivan

When Premier Alden McLaughlin first stepped on the ground of hurricane-ravaged Anguilla on Tuesday afternoon, he said he had a flashback to September 2004. “It brought back in a rush the images, smells and feelings of the aftermath of Ivan."

Extradition case adjourned, defendant in hospital

A woman wanted in Hawaii on criminal charges did not appear in Cayman’s Summary Court on Thursday because she was in the hospital, Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards said.

Cayman pharmacist honored at regional conference

Cayman Islands Hospital pharmacist Samantha Conolly was honored in Belize last month for her volunteer work to advance the pharmacy profession and her dedication to the field.

HSA short $21 million cash, writes off millions in debt

The Cayman Islands public health authority has failed to maintain legally required cash reserves for at least the last five years, while at the same time writing off millions in unpaid patient debts, according to auditors.

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.

Lawmakers skeptical of CarePay ‘fixes’

Efforts to prevent a reoccurrence of bureaucratic bungles that led Cayman Islands taxpayers to spend US$1.8 million for nothing during the CarePay contract debacle drew skepticism from lawmakers who noted there had been little accountability in the wake of the disastrous deal’s end.
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FDA issues recall for brands Major, Rugby and Leader

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a precautionary, worldwide recall of liquid products under the brand names Major, Rugby and Leader due to possible bacterial contamination. Anyone who has these products is advised to stop using them immediately.

Mental health court helps ‘clients’ avoid incarceration

The man in the North Side park used to think the community nurse was “Becky from the Planning Department,” happily retaining the delusion despite her perennial questions about his stability.

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.

Hospital plans for patient overload

The Cayman Islands public healthcare system is bracing for rapidly increased demand over the next 20 years as chronic health problems in the islands get worse and aging health facilities become outdated.

New books, DVDs donated to George Town Library

Dr. David A. Chernin, a dental specialist and author, has donated a new set of books and DVDs to the George Town Library. Library staff are working to have all the materials on the shelves within the next few weeks.

New challenge to hospital immunity clause

The Health Services Authority could be facing another legal challenge to a controversial immunity clause used to protect doctors from medical negligence claims. Bilika Simamba claims he suffered health issues due to medical negligence at the hospital.

UPDATE: Visiting doctor dies from crash injuries

A visiting doctor who was struck by a taxi van and seriously injured Monday at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts International Airport has succumbed to her injuries.

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.
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Tech usage a potential ‘time bomb’ for communication

Concerns about tech usage and the effect it may have on the development of communication habits for young children are taking center stage this month in Better Hearing and Speech Month. Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association tries to raise awareness about communication disorders and how concerned parents and educators can provide life-altering treatment.

EDITORIAL – Section 12 unlawful: Justice for Cayman … but not for Donette

The court judgment striking down the “immunity clause” in the Health Services Authority Law may be a hollow victory for Norene Ebanks and her disabled daughter Donette Thompson, but it could turn out to be a landmark triumph for other members of our society and for the general concept of justice in the Cayman Islands.

Hospital immunity clause was unlawful, judge rules

An “immunity clause” that protected negligent doctors in the Cayman Islands from civil lawsuits was unlawful, a judge has ruled.

Free health screenings this week

The Health Services Authority is offering free health screenings this week to mark World Health Day. Blood sugar and blood pressure checks are available at all district health centers, George Town General Practice, Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac and at the health clinic on Little Cayman.

Health officials say HIV false negatives from isolated cases

The Health Services Authority provided additional information Thursday about three recent cases of false-negative HIV results from private clinics in the Cayman Islands.
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Cannabis oil import permit approved

A Cayman Islands pharmacy says it has secured an import permit to bring cannabis oil to the territory for medicinal purposes.It is believed to be the first such permission to be granted since cannabis oil extracts and tinctures were legalized late last year.

EDITORIAL – ‘False negative’: The danger of inaccurate HIV tests

There are few things more frightening than knowing you have HIV … unless it’s having HIV and not knowing it. As reported in Tuesday’s Compass, the news that the HSA discovered cases of “false negative” HIV tests from private healthcare facilities in Cayman is cause for great concern.

Maternity patient finds insects in hospital food

A new mother says she was stunned and disgusted after finding what she believed to be maggots in her porridge after being served breakfast at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Jhannaye Bodden gave birth to her first child Wednesday and was recovering in the hospital’s maternity ward when she made the troubling discovery.

Health services, turtle farm report losses

The Cayman Islands public health authority, as well as the islands’ most popular land-based tourist attraction, reported financial losses to the Legislative Assembly in reports made public Wednesday.

YMCA to benefit from DG’s 5K run

Proceeds from Deputy Governor Franz Manderson’s annual 5K run this year will go to the local chapter of the YMCA. Mr. Manderson said he hoped the event could raise $60,000 for the charity. The money will go toward a “ropes challenge course” in Grand Cayman.

‘Section 12’ immunity clause in the spotlight

A judge’s ruling in the case of a woman who tried to sue the Health Services Authority after her daughter was born with severe birth defects brought to light a little known “immunity clause” that protected doctors from legal action.

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.

Cayman Heart Fund gives new ambulance to HSA

Thanks to the Cayman Heart Fund, the Health Services Authority has added a brand-new ambulance to its fleet.

New fire marshals at hospital

Forty-four Health Services Authority staffers have trained to be fire marshals who will be responsible for evacuations and fire safety checks at the Cayman Islands Hospital. The staff members received their training certificates Monday.

Cayman Islands Health Care System

Cayman Islands Health Care System — Today's editorial cartoon
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Health department offers free HIV testing

To mark World AIDS Day, which this year is Dec. 2, the Health Services Authority is teaming up with two nonprofits to offer free HIV testing at 10 sites throughout the Cayman Islands this week through Dec. 3.

Hospital honors paramedic with ‘Chelsea Garden’ memorial

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority dedicated a memorial garden Wednesday in honor of Chelsea Doxey, a former worker who died of cancer last year.

EDITORIAL – The health of healthcare in the Cayman Islands

If the Cayman Islands healthcare system were a patient, its medical case file would be a meter thick, containing a myriad of specialists’ assessments in regard to various disorders, illnesses and syndromes, payments to care providers, insurance rates, and government-mandated health insurance payroll deductions from all employers and employees.

Cabinet: No health insurance fee increase this year

Cabinet announced Thursday that it would not increase the minimum fees that health insurance companies pay for procedures after fewer than 10 doctors responded to government requests for financial information. A consultant’s report on healthcare costs recommended fees paid by insurance companies be increased by 12.3%.

Hedge Funds Care aims to raise $300,000

The 12th annual gathering of hedge fund managers, brokers and financial services firms at the Hedge Funds Care gala on Saturday, Nov. 19, is set to draw more than 350 people this year, say organizers, who hope to raise at least US$300,000 to combat child abuse and neglect.

EDITORIAL – The ins and outs of government’s cash flow

Several recent news stories have suggested that government is shifting its tactics toward people who owe it money. Good. Not only are the receivables overdue, so is the need for policy change.

Beg

Beg — our editorial cartoon

Free health screenings focus on diabetes

The Health Services Authority will hold free health screenings on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in relation to the upcoming World Diabetes Day.

HSA hiring debt collector to go after $58M from patients

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority plans to hire a debt collector to go after $58 million in past-due accounts from patients. The debts range from those a couple of months old to some more than three years old, the latter involving some $32 million that has not been paid.

Cancer registry participation increases

Participation in the Cayman Islands’ voluntary cancer registry continues to increase, with more than 300 people registered. A press release from the Health Services Authority attributes the rise to doctors and cancer-related organizations regularly referring patients to the registry.

New helipad for Faith Hospital

A new helipad at the Brac’s Faith Hospital is providing the island with a much needed dedicated emergency landing site. At an opening ceremony held on Monday, Oct. 3, visiting U.K. Overseas Territories Minister, Baroness Joyce Anelay, and Governor Helen Kilpatrick cut the ribbon on the hospital’s new emergency helipad.

UPDATED: Pregnant woman among Cayman’s new Zika cases

Cayman now has 17 confirmed locally transmitted cases of Zika, including one pregnant woman, according to public health officials. All of the confirmed local cases are in George Town. The total number of cases confirmed with laboratory results, including those suspected to have come from overseas travel, is now 26.

Vital signs device donated to pediatric unit

The Jabez Foundation, a not-for-profit company, has donated US$2,722 to the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s pediatric department for the purchase of a device to check children’s vital signs.

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