(CMR) Health City Cayman Islands officially opened its Cayman Brac clinic last week, bringing several services closer to the people of the Sister Islands.
The new clinic will provide specialized and tertiary type hospital services for initial assessments, outpatient follow-ups, and checkups in the areas of cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology and psychiatry.
The opening ceremony was attended by government dignitaries, Health City leadership and medical staff, patients, and members of the Cayman Brac community.
Shomari Scott, Chief Business Officer, Health City Cayman Islands, said addressing the barriers of access to healthcare services and health professionals was an important focus of Health City.
“In Cayman, our challenge is not about having an undersupply of doctors, it is about getting doctors and health professionals to where they are needed – where people live and work, and without the added inconvenience and stress of travel,” Scott said.
He added, “We’ve calculated that at least 50 trips per annum from the Brac will be prevented with the opening of this clinic. Those trips will be replaced with a more convenient, relaxed and seamless patient experience.”
Health City Cayman Island Cayman Brac Clinic is located at 20 Kirkconnell Street, Stake Bay, across from the government/district administration building. The facility will initially be opened Saturdays with a rotation of visiting specialist doctors.
Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell said the clinic's opening was a great example of what could be achieved through a government and private sector collaboration that aimed to keep its communities healthy and thriving.
“This past year has shown us the importance of having close and convenient access to quality healthcare. Having access to doctors from a world-class hospital such as Health City right here in Cayman Brac is an immense benefit to this community,” he said.
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Land, said the health and safety of Sister Islands residents was a priority for the government.
“We warmly welcome Health City to the Cayman Brac community and are pleased our people now have convenient access to specialist care,” she said.
Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, Clinical Director, Senior Consultant Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Health City Cayman Islands, said visits to doctors and healthcare appointments were often stressful enough without layering on top of that the logistics of travel arrangements.
“I have treated many people at our East End campus and have heard stories of early mornings, long days, delayed travel arrangements, stressful situations of rushing to make appointments on time, and people having to take whole days off work or worrying about childcare arrangements,” he said. “Many of our Sister Island patients are elderly, and age only amplifies the difficulties of traveling. The community of the Sister Islands deserves the very best in health services, and this clinic will help deliver that.”