HSA moves towards small BT hospital

| 14/10/2019 | 27 Comments
Cayman News Service
Bodden Town clinic

(CNS): Plans for a small satellite public hospital in Bodden Town, first announced by the minister in April, appear to be moving forward after the Health Services Authority issued a statement about a request for proposals (RFP) for architectural drawings. In a press release Friday HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood said the new facility is part of a strategic goal to expand services across Cayman. Bodden Town is both the fastest growing district and the largest outside of George Town.

As the Cayman Islands population continues to grow, the HSA is aiming to meet the changing demographics and new demands for healthcare services, the release stated. This small hospital will replace the existing Bodden Town Health Centre and offer more services, including an accident and emergency department.

A request for proposal for architectural drawings of the new multi-storey facility with a footprint of around 60,000 square feet, including an ambulance bay and acute care services, has now been issued with submission to be made by the end of this month

The hospital will be built in two phases over several years officials said. Phase 1 will include:

  • A waiting area for approximately 50 people
  • A registration area with at least 3 positions
  • 2 administrative offices
  • 2 minor operation rooms
  • 3-4 urgent care rooms
  • 3-4 clinical exam rooms
  • Pharmacy
  • 2 dental rooms
  • 2 physiotherapy rooms
  • Dialysis area with 3-5 chairs and all supporting infrastructure
  • A radiology unit with supporting infrastructure
  • EMS area – garage for 2 ambulances and staff support areas
  • General staff support areas – lunchroom, etc.
  • Storage areas

Phase 2 involves the expansion of the complex to include inpatient services. This area will include:

  • A&E area with 6 bays
  • 1 operating room with supporting infrastructure
  • Medical gas infrastructure
  • 8-12 Inpatient rooms

Yearwood noted that the population has increased by over 3.8%, reaching 65,813 at the end of 2018, with 12,649 of those in the Bodden Town area, as well as more than 3,500 in East End and North Side, and the growth is putting pressure on the limited existing facility. She said the HSA is increasing its focus on improving the reliability of emergency medical response to the Eastern Districts and expects that times will be substantially reduced with the new facility.

Plans are to conduct the RFP and select a vendor by the year-end, with the projected cost estimates and a schedule for the construction to be made public next year.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The Cayman Islands have a cancer epidemic. Better build a bigger one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Agreed. I’m not in favour of more hospitals. Add a couple of minor injury clinics in West Bay & Bodden Town. Our population does not justify more hospitals.

  3. Anonymous says:

    HSA – Please let us know where the planned site is?
    And good for una for pressing on with this when the rest of Government can’t seem to get their act together for the BT ‘multi-use emergency facility’.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is great news for the eastern districts – just hope the service is quicker and more friendly than HSA is now.

  5. Our duty fees at work - nope says:

    Just force Health City to take CINICO and be done with the stupidity and waste of duplication!!!!

  6. M says:

    Fix the dump… me too

  7. Blue Iguana says:

    Not to be devil’s advocate, but what assurances can the CEO give the public that this project will be able to accommodate growing demand?

    For example, we now upgraded our airport terminal to the tune of multi-millions only to be told by government that further expansion is necessary.

    How do we know this same scenario will not unfold?

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a waste of money

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is it a waste of money 5.15pm?? You all moan that when there are accidents up that way people are at risk because they have to travel to George Town. Now that this much needed facility is on the cards you still aren’t satisfied!! I think it’s an excellent idea and i’m Sure the whole of Bodden Town/East End welcome it.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think it is a very good idea, however I see no mention of a lab for blood taking and preliminary urine testing. I realise that the lab in George Town, which I know is efficiently managed, can do the blood testing, but it would be nice if I didn’t have to go through all the traffic at 7:00 in the morning to attend the lab there. Apologies if I missed it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Blood samples must be handled properly to get meaningful results. Improper specimen collection and transport leads to medical errors in laboratory diagnostics. Lab test failures contribute to delayed or wrong diagnoses and unnecessary costs and care.
          Mistakes made prior to samples being tested comprise greater than 70 percent of lab-related errors. This includes collecting the sample in the wrong container and issues relating to patient preparation, sample mix-ups, improper storage etc.
          Certified clinical laboratories (in the US) operate under stringent quality regulations that cover all phases of the lab testing process – from ordering to reporting.

    • Anonymous says:

      Blurting out whatever comes to mind?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great News, I hope this is not just talk leading up to Election year ahead. I would like to hear about a different site for this Little Hospital though. For those of us who experienced IVAN in BT in 2004, perrhaps further inland would be a better choice for this very necessary project. Also it would make sense for the Police Station to be moved as well. The extra time and money this would take, would be well worth it considering the damage to the current area in IVAN

  10. Anonymous says:

    Is this going to be where the current health centre is located in BT or somewhere else?

  11. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    I am not an architect, nor medical care administrator; it seems as though within 60,000 sq. ft., more inpatient rooms could be included. Just a thought — an uneducated one.

    This is good news, and I’m pretty happy to read some. This is the kind of project CIG should be highlighting.

    Oh, and “fix the dump” guy…….. apparently it’s in the works. No need to muck up this story with your [necessary] rants. cheers

    • A gal says:

      Fix the darn Dump!!!
      The Dump is the source of many health issues if one to connect the dots.
      If the Dump is not fixed, you might need to plan on a 3d hospital specializing in oncology.

    • Anonymous says:

      Let see if the future hospital will have a shortage of patients, taking into account the variety and quantity of chemicals people exposed to on a daily basis.

      • Scourge -affect the nervous system. They have been linked with liver and thyroid
      problems and they can also interfere with the immune and endocrine systems, possible human carcinogen
      • Anvil-affect the central nervous system, promote tumor growth in cancers of the reproductive organs including breast cancer and prostate cancer.
      • Permethrin-more acutely toxic to children than to adults. Human carcinogen and it has been shown to cause immune system damage as well as birth defects. Highly toxic to fish, crustaceans, and bees
      • Malathion- can cause acute and long-term neurological health problems. A low level carcinogen. It is toxic to fish and highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates and amphibians.

      · Zenivex, trade name etofenprox
      Hazardous to humans and domestic animals.

      · Dioxins and furans (immune suppressions, hormone system disruption, cancer)
      · Benzene (leukemia)
      · Formaldehyde (eye, nose and throat irritant, difficulty in breathing, skin rashes, cancer)
      · Particulate matter (respiratory problems, cardiac arrhythmia, heart attacks)
      · Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (cancer)
      ·Hydrogen chloride (corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes, may cause respiratory tract irritation and chronic bronchitis)
      · Hydrogen cyanide (neurological, respiratory, cardiovascular, and thyroid effects)
      · Carbon monoxide (reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood)
      · Ash which may contain the following heavy metals:
      · Cadmium (lung damage, kidney disease)
      · Arsenic (gastrointestinal problems, anemia, kidney and liver disease, cancer)
      · Mercury (nervous system and kidney damage)
      · Chromium (respiratory effects, cancer)

      Methane, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen, ammonia, sulfides, hydrogen

      · pesticides, solvents, heavy and other metals, radioactive materials, dissolved organic matter (alcohols, acids, aldehydes, short chain sugars etc.), inorganic macro components (common cations and anions including sulfate, chloride, iron, aluminium, zinc and ammonia), heavy metals (Pb, Ni, Cu, Hg), and xenobiotic organic compounds such as halogenated organics, (PCBs, dioxins, etc.).

      · who knows….but can’t be good

      · you can only imagine


      • Anonymous says:

        How odd that some miserable bastard gave you a thumbs down. Well, I hope they catch something that you mentioned.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are more of us than you think. Fix the dump!

      • BeaumontZodecloun says:

        You misunderstand……

        I agree the damn dump needs to be fixed, and agree that it is a priority. It’s just that the “damn dump rant” seems to often derail other stories to the degree that the original comment gets lost. Like this one. ;o)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Quite a turnaround for the HSA since 2017, hope they stay on a positive track.

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