Little Cayman gets first purpose-built ambulance

| 19/03/2021 | 23 Comments
  • Cayman News Service
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(CNS): Little Cayman now has its first brand new and purpose-built ambulance, replacing the emergency response vehicle on the island that was deemed inadequate for medical emergencies. The Health Services Authority (HSA) recently sent the vehicle to the health team at the Little Cayman Clinic, and officials said it would be used for emergency intervention and the timely transportation of patients in a variety of situations who require urgent response. Dr Srirangan Velusamy, the director of the Sister Islands Health Services, said in a press release that it was an important addition to the island.

“This is a significant investment by the HSA and one that will enhance our emergency medical response capabilities,” he said. “With this purpose-built and technologically advanced ambulance as part of our emergency medical systems fleet, we endeavour to meet the specific needs of those requiring emergency care in Little Cayman,” he added.

HSA Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood said it demonstrated the authority’s continued commitment to providing an improved and accessible healthcare system for the entire population of the Cayman Islands.

“This latest addition to our fleet of ambulances will increase the overall efficiency of our emergency response service and improve the health outcomes of our people,” Yearwood said. “We have also received extremely positive feedback from the Little Cayman community who are delighted that their healthcare needs have been thoughtfully considered
and met.”

Meanwhile according to a social media post by the Cayman Islands Fire Service, a brand new aviation truck has also arrived in Little Cayman this week. It will replace the existing older truck and improve fire safety on island. A new rapid intervention trucks has also been sent to Cayman Brac to continue to improve the fleet there.

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  1. Gulliver says:

    Is it true that the stretcher is 12ins shorter to provide for Little Caymanians?.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Smoke and mirrors. And waste of money. If they do have certified EMTs and EMRs, what exactly do they do in Little Cayman in between emergencies? Surprised to learn about director of the Sister Islands Health Services. What exactly does he do daily?

    CNS: He is a skilled surgeon and a working doctor who has lived on the Brac for a very long time. It has always been the case that one of the doctors on the Brac is on charge of the health services over there.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is there any direction or thought in to what goes on as far as emergency services and pre hospital care goes. It looks like the flock is being run by a true sheep herder and not being managed appropriately. Someone should take a look at things. Seriously…..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice…. yet grand cayman which gets a bizillion emergencies every year is running on units which are held together with band aids and rubber bands. Strong work. Way to use your money and resources.

  5. Anonymous says:

    While I applaud the advance for the island I question who are the trained personnel attending to the sick and injured. And where are they taking them. There is no hospital. Smoke and mirrors for sure. They can’t provide adequate and timely care on the other two islands , clearly this is a kind gesture. Much more needs done on all three islands as far as the hospital and ambulance service is Considered.
    Little cayman is the smallest need for sure. Things happen from time to time and need managed but an ambulance??? Not so much. This is a sign of good will without the proper manning or need.
    The brac of course has its service but they are over looked accordingly still as far as things go overall. They have some personnel and equipment but are still undermanned and not managed correctly . Can you imagine , that an Emergency medical technician is assisted to only drive the ambulance and then a nurse is to attend to the sick or injured person in the back…… I know this might sound normal. The nurse surely is the appropriate trained person to provide the care…..Not.
    I cannot to any further. If you don’t know the difference than you shouldn’t dig any deeper.

    Grand cayman….. way different animal. Three advanced ambulances being used daily, almost every day to provide emergency service, dialysis transport, transport to a doctor appointment, and whatever else. It Does Not Work people. Wake up.
    There should be designated transport vehicles which provide non emergency transports to all. Manned by the appropriate staff. Not the higher level trained personnel and clearly not taking the Emergency Advanced life support vehicles and out of service. This is the current practice on these islands and is not the practical way of directing our available resources.
    Changing management and other supervisory personnel would be advisable. Practical options would be beneficial to the entire Emergency medical services system for our islands.
    Change is good.

    • Anonymous says:

      They have trained around 20-30 people on the island to be responders. I think that’s wonderful!

      • Anonymous says:

        Responder equals what???? My dog could be a responder. It does not equal the necessity of providing and showing an ambulance on the island. I am not against people being trained as responders to help in the time of need but to equate that people have been trained as a responder and that’s why there is an ambulance makes no sense.
        If that’s the case then the brac and grand cayman have no need to have trained EMT and Paramedics. They should just throw in some trained responders to deal with your stroke, heart attack, seizure, trauma victim, and the list goes on. Sorry , but no. It’s wrong. It is portraying that the needs are being met when they clearly are not.
        I’m saying there shouldn’t be appropriately trained persons on all islands but that this vehicle is being wasted on this particular island. It could be well used by the main island.
        To begin with the ambulance should have at the very least a trainedEMT on at all times. That is the bare minimum. A trained responder is a joke. Sorry, but it is. Secondly, where in the hell is the “ ambulance” taking these people?????? To a hotel, to the bar…to the airport?…. there is no hospital.. just a half hearted clinic where if you do in fact actually need this ambulance because you are having a true emergency, you will be dead before any real qualified help will get to you.

      • Anonymous says:

        Who trained who and in what? What qualification and certification (if any) those who were trained to “ be first responders” possess? Are they ( 20-30 people) emergency medical responders or emergency medical technicians?

        I suspect you are talking about CI Regiment who have nothing to do with emergency medical situations.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m not talking about the regiment. People are now trained to deal with emergencies should one arise on the island they live. I guess I’m an optimist because that seems like a good thing.

          • Anonymous says:

            You are not talking about medical emergencies.

            Interesting to know what kind of people “trained to deal with emergencies should one arise” you are talking about.

            • Anonymous says:

              How about you try to find out. Typical naysayer, decide it’s bad and make up whatever you wish.

    • Anonymous says:

      Great comment that will be overlooked or misinterpreted. Nothing makes sense in the Cayman Islands. God forsaken place for sure.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where will the emergencies be taken?

  7. DH Otter says:

    Given the tiny population of registered voters in LC, it is considered something of a miracle whenever CIG deigns to bestow any sort of infrastructural munificence.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You do know it’s 2021?

  9. Anonymous says:

    How many people live there? How many emergency calls do they get per month? What will the crew do in between calls? Is there a General Election coming soon?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Can it drive on water?

    • Anonymous says:

      No but it can resuscitate you on way to the airport for a medical evacuation. How can you lot turn this positive into a negative?

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