Friday 14 August, 2020

Reduced patients with flu-like symptoms leads to Flu Clinic closure

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.

The closure is effective as of July 4.

Since their opening in February, the dedicated clinics have registered more than 1,500 patients in Grand Cayman and over 75 in Cayman Brac. “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 with the treatment they needed. But as the situation in the Cayman Islands continues 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.

The HSA’s 24-hour Flu Hotline will remain operational and persons with flu-like symptoms should call 1-800-534-8600 or 947-3077 prior to going to Accident & Emergency. Professionals will be available to provide advice and direct persons to the appropriate care and resources.

“We appreciate the dedication of our physicians including those from the private sector, other clinical and support staff who have worked tirelessly at the Flu Clinic and the Flu Hotline since February to provide care and guidance to the population as part of the national efforts to curb the spread of the virus in the Cayman Islands,” said Ms Lizette Yearwood, HSA Chief Executive Officer.

“It is the work of these frontline heroes that have contributed to the reduction in the suppression levels, reopening of the economy and the outcomes achieved by the Government in lowering transmission and I couldn’t be prouder of the work they have done in keeping our community safe and healthy,” said Ms Yearwood.

The HSA is also reminding the public that all services have returned to normal and patients can contact the various clinics to reschedule or book new appointments, particularly those who may have put off important tests, procedures and screenings due to the pandemic.

“We want to reassure the community that we have implemented a range of initiatives to further enhance our infection control, patient safety and environmental care and the public can feel safe returning to the HSA as their destination for care,” said Ms Yearwood.

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