Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Cayman: Emergency "field hospital" ready to go

Members of National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and leaders of the Health Services Authority (HSA) met on Friday to tour the Family Life Centre Alternative Medical Centre on Walker's Road, which would be used to accommodate an overflow of COVID-19 patients should local healthcare facilities reach capacity.

The 60-bed field hospital is now fully equipped to house patients in the event of a resurgence in COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands. If necessary, the facility will require 120 staff members, both clinical and non-clinical to operate at full capacity.

Management of the hospital would fall under the leadership of Dr Delroy Jefferson, Dr Elizabeth McLaughlin and Nurse Gillian Barlow.

The Family Life Centre was approved after several facilities were assessed. The facility was the most favourable based on size, adequate airflow and relative proximity to the Cayman Islands hospital.

This has been made possible through a public-private partnership. Mr Simon Griffiths of the Public Works Department managed the establishment of the field hospital.

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