(CMR) The Health Service Authority (HSA) on Thursday (July 2) announced the closure of flu clinics.
The flu clinics which have been operational since February 2020 will be closed come Saturday (July 4).
However, the flu hotline will remain operational.
The HSA has attributed the closure to the decline in patients seeking treatment for COVID-like symptoms.
“With the reduction in the Government’s COVID-19 pandemic suppression levels and fewer patients seeking treatment for COVID-like symptoms the Health Services Authority (HSA) announces the closure of its Flu Clinics in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac effective Saturday, 4 July, “read a release from the HSA.
According to the HSA, the dedicated clinics have registered more than 1,500 patients in Grand Cayman and over 75 in Cayman Brac since opening just a few months prior.
“When the virus was at its peak locally, this was a much-needed service to contain the potential spread of the virus and provide residents the treatment they needed. But as the situation in the Cayman Islands continue to improve with the reopening of all healthcare services, patients can be seen by their regular health practitioner,” said Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez -, Director of Primary Healthcare at the HSA.
Persons experiencing flu or respiratory symptoms – including fever, cough or shortness of breath – can also seek care at the Acute Care Clinic in the George Town General Practice Building or the Accident and Emergency Department, which is open 24/7 in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Individuals should still utilize the HSA’s 24-hour Flu Hotline prior to going to Accident & Emergency. The professionals at the hotline will be better able to advise the patient whether the symptoms they are experiencing are considered severe and should be treated at A&E.