The Health Services Authority (HSA) has opened an Acute Care Clinic for patients with non-emergency medical conditions who still have an immediate need to see a doctor. The Clinic offers these patients a lower cost alternative to the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at the Cayman Islands Hospital and one that may help to reduce their wait times.The Acute Care Clinic also offers walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including minor cuts, mild sprains, fever, sore throats, earaches and the common cold symptoms during the peak flu season, with no appointment required. It is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the General Practice building on the campus of the Cayman Islands Hospital.Director of Primary Healthcare Services at the HSA, Dr. Samuel Williams said the Acute Care Clinic reflects the Authority’s commitment to providing accessible, convenient and high-quality medical treatment to the people of the Cayman Islands.The Clinic will benefit patients who may not be able to see their primary physician, who do not have a primary physician or who do not need emergency treatment.HSA CEO, Ms. Lizzette Yearwood in extolling the benefits of the service says the Clinic will ensure that each patient is placed in the right care setting for their needs. “They will no longer need to go to the Emergency Room for non-life threatening illnesses.” “This is a crucial development that delivers a better experience for our patients,” she added.Dr. Williams encourages patients to continue to book appointments with their Primary Care Physician at the General Practice Clinic and to visit the Acute Care Clinic only when the need for acute, but non-emergency care arises.
Acute Care or Emergency
- The Accident & Emergency Department treats patients with conditions that need immediate attention for a life-threatening injury.
- The Acute Care Clinic is available for minor illnesses or injuries such as a cough, earache or sprained ankle. Patients can also be evaluated for acute, non-life threatening medical problems that need same-day evaluation.