Statistics showed 27% and 8.3% of deaths in the Cayman Islands are related to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus, respectively. These are considered “lifestyle” diseases which can be managed with consistent doctors’ visits and care, leading to patients living longer.
Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez
Preliminary findings from the STEPS National Health Survey revealed that seven in 10 adults in the Cayman Islands are overweight, one-third are obese and 7.7% suffer from high blood sugar levels. The findings were shared at the recent Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference.
It is for these reasons that Dr Williams-Rodriguez is urging the population to not just look at the impact on the individual’s health but to also consider the social and productive impact on the community.
He advises patients with chronic diseases to visit their doctor, at least, every four to six months or more frequently depending on the severity of their diagnosis. He indicates these visits are precautionary measures to help patients maintain a holistic treatment plan and for doctors to identify any deficiencies or need for enhanced care.
Since April 2022, the HSA opened new clinics for General Practice , Public Health , and Geriatric Services at the Smith Road Medical Centre and opened a new Urgent Care Clinic at the George Town Hospital to facilitate better access to care for the community.
While encouraging patients to visit their doctors regularly, Dr. Williams-Rodriguez points out that the choice of clinic is important.
To book an appointment at the General Practice Clinic, persons may call 949-8600, or request an appointment through the MyHSA Patient Portal website or app. The Urgent Care Clinic at the entrance of the George Town Hospital is available Monday to Friday 8 am – 8 pm and on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 11 am – 8 pm.