Tag: Health Services Authority

Hospital security officers acquitted

Hospital security officers acquitted

| 22/10/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Dominic Dacres (42) and Nick Smith (58) have both been cleared by a jury of fraud allegations and falsely claiming overtime while they worked as hospital security officers. Smith was found not guilty of two counts of false accounting and a single count of breach of trust, while Dacres was acquitted on one count […]

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Pay fraud case hit hospital’s bottom line

Pay fraud case hit hospital’s bottom line

| 24/09/2020

(CNS): Two men accused of defrauding the hospital by getting paid for work they never actually did even claimed overtime when they were not in the country in a scheme that prosecutors said could have cost the Health Services Authority tens of thousands of dollars in losses. Nick Smith (58) and Dominic Dacres (42), who […]

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HSA opens two drive-thru test sites

HSA opens two drive-thru test sites

| 11/05/2020 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority now has two drive-thru testing tents to screen front-line workers for COVID-19 and has expanded its laboratory capacity as part of the effort to increase test numbers. However, officials have confirmed that testing is still by appointment only, and with thousands of people now designated as essential or front-line workers, […]

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Doctors save lives from ‘sinister’ virus

Doctors save lives from ‘sinister’ virus

| 24/04/2020 | 86 Comments

(CNS): A panel of doctors from the public and private sectors outlined the challenges presented by COVID-19 during a presentation and Q&A with the media on Thursday. Addressing a range of issues regarding what HSA Medical Director Dr Delroy Jefferson called the “sinister and mischievous” nature of the virus, including evolving treatments, the panel made […]

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Gov sets COVID testing target at 500-600 per day

Gov sets COVID testing target at 500-600 per day

| 08/04/2020 | 18 Comments

(CNS): With the arrival of 165,000 test kits from South Korea on Wednesday and another 35,000 en route, Governor Martyn Roper said the Cayman Islands would now be able to step up testing to between 500 and 600 per day. He said the increase in the target for testing would form part of the strategy […]

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HSA still only facility able to test for COVID-19

HSA still only facility able to test for COVID-19

| 07/04/2020 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Questions over quality control at local medical facilities along with the lack of necessary equipment will curb the Cayman Islands’ ability to test for COVID-19 in significant numbers, even when the 200,000 kits arrive, unless other facilities can get PCR machines, the relevant equipment and put protocols in place. During Tuesday’s press briefing on […]

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HSA prepared for worst, say officials

HSA prepared for worst, say officials

| 30/03/2020 | 16 Comments

(CNS): As Cayman continues the battle to prevent the coronavirus taking hold in the community and the potential indiscriminate spread, officials from the Health Services Authority said they are still preparing for the worst case scenario. From sourcing buildings that could be used as overflow hospitals to massive orders of personal protective equipment (PPE), healthcare […]

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No sick patients waiting on COVID-19 tests

No sick patients waiting on COVID-19 tests

| 28/03/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Cayman has received a new batch of reagents, bringing local stocks of COVID-19 test kits to around 540, but this is not enough to increase the level of testing, according to local health officials. The question of how widespread the virus is in this community therefore remains unanswered, though at this stage there are […]

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48 COVID-19 samples negative

48 COVID-19 samples negative

| 26/03/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Local officials are becoming increasingly hopeful that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, may still be contained here after another 48 samples taken from staff and patients at Health City Cayman Islands and the Health Services Authority all came back negative on Thursday. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said these tests were all done at […]

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HSA patient COVID-19 positive, lockdown coming

HSA patient COVID-19 positive, lockdown coming

| 24/03/2020 | 61 Comments

(CNS): A Health Services Authority patient has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a preliminary sample tested at the local lab. The patient had no travel history and was not symptomatic but was tested because he may have needed unrelated emergency treatment in the United States, but without a negative test result he would not […]

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Testing for COVID-19 limited to sick people

Testing for COVID-19 limited to sick people

| 16/03/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): As Cayman began local testing on Monday for the novel coronavirus, officials stated that only those people who are sick and already showing symptoms of COVID-19 with a relevant travel history will be tested. With only five test results in for this virus at so far — four negatives and the fatal case at […]

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