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HSA to contact vaccinated people for verification

The Health Services Authority has issued an advisory that it plans to contact members of the public to verify their vaccine information, as part of efforts to digitise Cayman's vaccination records.

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.

At death’s door: Caymanian doctor survives COVID

Caymanian doctor Colin Charles was about to take his final exams in March for his specialisation in obstetrics and gynaecology, at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, when everything came to a screeching halt.

Global vaccine mandates on the rise

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate may no longer be a question for many workers, as companies and healthcare providers internationally move to mandate the COVID-19 jab. The issue of mandatory vaccination remains a hot topic of debate within the community; however, the UK, France, Australia and other countries are making vaccinations mandatory.

Hospitalised COVID-19 patient off ventilator support

The condition of Cayman's lone hospitalised COVID-19 patient has improved "considerably" and is no longer requiring the support of a ventilator, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed.

Cayman’s C-section rate more than double WHO recommendations

At 37% of all live births a year, the rate of caesarean sections in the Cayman Islands is more than double the rate recommended by the World Health Organisation.

HSA staff isolated for potential COVID-19 exposure

The Health Services Authority has said eight of its staff members, along with family members, are now in isolation due to potential exposure to a highly symptomatic COVID-19-positive patient at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Genome sequencing advances COVID fight

Cayman’s ability to conduct genome sequencing is not only a pivotal leap forward for the local COVID response, it could also help give the jurisdiction the edge it needs to be added to the UK’s ‘green’ travel list.

Nursing graduates gain hands-on experience with HSA’s residency programme

Eighteen Caymanian nursing graduates from 3 cohorts have moved on to pursue full-time roles as Registered Nurses (RNs) after completing the Health Services Authority’s...

Hospital A&E entrance temporarily relocating

The Health Services Authority Accident and Emergency walk-in entrance will be temporarily relocated from this evening, Friday, 28 May, until Sunday, 6 June, while the waiting room area is being renovated, the HSA advised.

Governor urges more jabs as vaccination numbers taper off

Governor Martyn Roper has said the drop in COVID-19 vaccinations is concerning as he reiterated his call for more members of the public to get the jab.

HSA Specialist Clinic services moving to Smith Road Centre

The Health Services Authority (HSA) will be relocating majority of its specialist services to the Smith Road Centre effective Monday, 12 April 2021.

Former HSA security staffers cleared of fraud charges

A jury on Tuesday found two former Health Services Authority employees not guilty of fraud charges relating to overtime.

Members of public can book free COVID tests online

From today (17 Aug.), members of the public can schedule their free COVID screening tests online via a new appointment booking system launched by the Health Services Authority.

Smith Road Centre pharmacy to remain open

The Health Services Authority has reversed its decision to close down the Smith Road Centre pharmacy refill location.

HSA surgeon saves vision of visiting sailor

An emergency eye surgery at the Cayman Islands Hosptial helps to save the vision of a visiting French sailor, who got stuck in Cayman because of global border closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID fears could impact Cayman’s cancer cases

Local cancer experts are projecting a potential spike in newly diagnosed, late-stage cancer cases amid concerns that people were reluctant to visit their doctors during the COVID lockdown.

HSA now offers eye surgery using world’s smallest medical device

A new surgical eye procedure involving the use of the world’s smallest medical device is currently available at the Cayman Islands Hospital, and doctors there believe it will give patients greater clarity, with reduced risks.

HSA lab conducts 10 years worth of tests in three months

The HSA lab has processed roughly 20,000 tests - 10 years' worth of work under normal circumstances - during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

HSA launches COVID drive-through testing

Frontline workers can now get screened at two drive-through test sites at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
US authorities seized the supplies, which included four ventilators and 50,000 masks, from a container in Miami on Tuesday.

UPDATE: US authorities release Cayman medical supplies

Medical supplies purchased by the Health Services Authority have been confiscated by the United States Government, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed.

Gov’t approves purchase of 30 new ventilator beds

Government has given the Health Services Authority the green light to purchase 30 additional ventilator beds as Cayman continued to ready itself for any widespread outbreak of COVID-19.

Ban on delivery room companions lifted

The Health Services Authority announced Sunday that it was reversing a decision banning mothers in labour from having the baby's father or another chosen companion with them in the delivery room.
Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

HSA to start local COVID-19 testing

Cayman will begin local testing for COVID-19 at the Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.
The Health Services Authority has said it continues to see more patients heading to the hospital with influenza symptoms.

Flu cases continue to climb

The Health Services Authority has said it continues to see more patients heading to the hospital with influenza symptoms.

HSA to honour nurses and midwives

Cayman’s Health Services Authority is taking on the World Health Organization’s 2020 initiative called the ‘Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
Cayman Islands Hospital

HSA workers deny corruption charges

Two Health Services Authority staff accused of claiming payment for fraudulent overtime hours denied the charges in the Grand Court on Friday.
Cayman Islands Hospital

HSA hospital upgrades set to begin next month

The Health Services Authority said it will begin rolling out its plans to upgrade and modernise the Cayman Islands Hospital next month.

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.

EDITORIAL – The unhealthy condition of public healthcare

Without a radical course of treatment, the long-term outlook of Cayman’s public healthcare system, and by extension the country’s economy and residents’ quality of life, is at serious risk.

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Breaking down the budget

Government’s budget priorities for the year ahead include increased funding for schools, modest pay raises for civil servants, and more money for the country’s financial regulator and for public health to fight diseases such as the Zika virus.

Youth spends holiday giving back

Eleven-year-old Sophie Elias decided to make the most of her Easter break this year by spending the holiday giving back to her community.

Civil servants deny agreement reached to end free healthcare

The Civil Service Association has strongly denied that any agreement has been reached to end the policy of free healthcare for government workers.

Hospital immunity clause approved for repeal

A controversial section of the Health Services Authority Law giving immunity from prosecution to negligent doctors and nurses was approved for repeal Friday, after a unanimous vote in the Legislative Assembly.

World Health Day focuses on beating diabetes

To help tackle preventable diseases like diabetes, which this year is the focus of the annual World Health Day, Cayman’s Department of Health will...

Lawmakers to debate removal of hospital immunity clause

Government will consider a bill to amend the Health Services Authority Law to repeal a controversial clause giving blanket immunity from lawsuits to its staff.

Health Services launches survey

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is running a survey to gauge patients’ experiences using its services and the level of care they are receiving.

Free health screenings for World Health Day

Members of the public can avail themselves of free health screenings this week as part of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s observation of World Health Day.

Public urged to back ambulance fundraiser

Former Cayman 27 reporter Kevin Watler recently recovered from open heart surgery. Now, he is urging people to support efforts to raise funds to buy a new ambulance for the Cayman Islands.

Health City not barred from competing

Health City Cayman Islands local partner Gene Thompson said this week that the East End medical tourism facility is not competing with local health services “for the most part,” even though there is no specific prohibition against it.

Health chiefs paid negligence settlements

The Health Services Authority has paid out-of-court settlements to at least eight people who brought medical negligence claims against it since 2005, according to an affidavit from CEO Lizzette Yearwood.

HSA immunity should not extend to clinical negligence

It was interesting to read your editorial of Feb. 25 in which you called the immunity provision “legislative malpractice.” Justice Williams also expressed his discomfort with it. It should be noted, however, that this provision is found in most statutes in Cayman creating public authorities.

CIFA members involved with CarePay pharmacy deal

At least three members of the Cayman Islands Football Association, including Canover Watson and Jeffrey Webb, intended to benefit from the creation of a new pharmacy business.

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