Tag: Health Services Authority

HSA plans flu clinic to manage coronavirus response

HSA plans flu clinic to manage coronavirus response

| 03/02/2020 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority is preparing a separate flu clinic at the hospital to help it manage and treat any influx of people infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or other respiratory illnesses, as the latest flu-like virus spreads around the world. At a press conference on Monday, officials said Cayman has no confirmed […]

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Hospital says patients unaffected by IT failure

Hospital says patients unaffected by IT failure

| 08/01/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority has issued a short statement to state that patient care was not affected by an IT system outage at the Cayman Islands Hospital. The HSA said it was continuing to deliver its services, despite the hardware failure that has impacted some aspects of its administrative functions. “Connection to the authority’s […]

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Heartburn medicine in cancer link

Heartburn medicine in cancer link

| 24/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The commonly used heartburn medicine Ranitidine, or generic Zantac, has been found to contain some cancer-causing impurities beyond the usual permissible levels. Although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have not yet banned the drug, it is now under evaluation and the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority […]

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ACC charges two HSA public servants

ACC charges two HSA public servants

| 16/09/2019

(CNS) UPDATED: Nick Smith (57) from George Town and Dominic Dacres (41) from Spotts, who both work at the Health Services Authority, have been charged with various criminal offences relating to an Anti-Corruption Commission investigation. The two public officials were charged last week, the ACC said on Monday in a brief statement about the case.

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Pain doctor appointed as chief medical officer

Pain doctor appointed as chief medical officer

| 25/07/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): Dr John Lee, who was a pain specialist at the Health Services Authority, has been appointed as the Cayman Islands’ top medical professional by the health ministry. According to a press release, he has been appointed as the chief medical officer and will be based at the ministry to oversee and monitor the health […]

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Medivac training diverts to real crash

Medivac training diverts to real crash

| 09/07/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Paramedic Shawn Kelly from the HSA took to the skies in the police chopper with the RCIPS Air Operations Unit crew on Saturday morning in a familiarisation exercise, but it wasn’t long before the training deployment turned into a real emergency. During the flight the helicopter received a report about a serious crash in […]

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Civil service running up overtime bills

Civil service running up overtime bills

| 17/06/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The auditor general has noted that government has been running up overtime bills for civil servants across a number of departments, leading to budget overruns, as a result of a number of vacancies across the civil service. In Sue Winspear’s latest report on the state of public finances, the independent auditor warned government that […]

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Hospital gets clean audit for first time

Hospital gets clean audit for first time

| 07/05/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): After almost fifteen years of trying, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has finally received an unqualified audit opinion from the auditor general for its 2018 financial statements. The report is not yet available to the public, and in a press release celebrating its first ever clean audit since at least 2005, when the […]

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Medical waste piles up outside hospital

Medical waste piles up outside hospital

| 05/03/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Environmental Health have confirmed that they are working to replace a skip at the hospital for medical waste, but in the meantime bags of bio-waste are piling up outside the George Town health facility. Concerned readers contacted CNS with images taken outside the hospital this weekend which appears to […]

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Unhappy with hospital’s food

Unhappy with hospital’s food

| 17/01/2019 | 0 Comments

While I realise a hospital’s first priority is to treat patients, and I give high marks to the quality of care at George Town Hospital, I nevertheless feel compelled to complain about what passes as food there. Getting a good meal can go a long way to lifting a patient’s spirits, something that the folks […]

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HSA experts warn screens causing depression in kids

HSA experts warn screens causing depression in kids

| 09/11/2018 | 17 Comments

(CNS): As part of its activities to mark the World Mental Health Day last month, the Health Service Authority’s Psychiatry and Behavioural Health Department held a range of sessions on the connection between the overuse of screens, such as mobile phones and tablets, and the decreasing trend in human social interactions and episodes of depression and anxiety, as […]

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