[caption id="attachment_12409" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] The new A&E waiting room was renovated in stage 1[/caption]The Health Services Authority (HSA) has embarked on stage 2 of its planned multi-phased project to expand the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department and improve patient experience at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Renovations include facility upgrades to the ceilings, lightings, flooring and walls of patient examination and treatment rooms.Due to these upgrades, walk-in patients may experience a delay in service and are reminded to use the A&E services in cases of emergency only to prevent congestion and reduce wait times. An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation that needs urgent medical attention which may include: Loss of consciousness Persistent, severe chest pain Breathing difficulties Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped Severe allergic reactions Severe burns or scalds Unexplained, acute drowsiness or disorientationLess severe injuries and conditions can be treated at the Acute Care Clinic in the General Practice Building on the Cayman Islands Hospital campus. The clinics hours of operation are Mondays Fridays 7:30 am 8 pm and Saturday 8:30 am 12 pm.We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding as we improve our facilities to better serve you.