The definitive guide to living and working in the Cayman Islands
May 07, 2015
Healthcare and Hospitals
Last updated: 30th September 2014
In this section we give detailed information on the healthcare services in the Cayman Islands and overseas; we describe each of the local hospitals and some of the outstanding overseas hospitals which Cayman residents use; we list and describe the medical clinics, diagnostic imaging labs, and other medical labs. We also provide comprehensive coverage on doctors in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac on our General & Family Doctors and Medical Specialists pages. This information is taken from the Medical & Dental Practitioners Board of registered doctors and health care workers and it is then checked and double checked and finally listed by specialty. It is the easiest, most accurate and up to date place to find any health related information.
Health Care in the Cayman Islands A broad range of medical services are available on Grand Cayman, with three fully equipped hospitals, numerous clinics and many private specialist doctors and general practitioners. We also attract a wealth of visiting specialists
The Island has technologically advanced excellence in cardiac surgery and a forensic laboratory that has received the highest level of international acclaim possible for its toxicology testing This important service provides confidential testing and analysis for patients, law enforcement and businesses, including forensic DNA, paternity and employee drug testing. Cayman is fortunate to have advanced radiology services, computerised tomography (CTs), “no squeeze” digital mammograms, a 3.0 Tesla MRI machine, 3D and 4D ultrasounds, echocardiography, GI endoscopy, chemotherapy, hospice care and in-home nursing. The 3.0 Tesla MRI machine is the highest magnetic strength MRI machine available and the only one in the region. This GE Discovery MR750W 3.0T machine was provided as a joint public-private partnership and is based at the Cayman Islands Hospital, representing a significant investment in Cayman's healthcare facilities.
Health care and medications, however, are costly, so it is essential that you either have a health insurance policy in force if you are visiting, or health insurance coverage if you are resident. In fact, health insurance for residents is mandatory.
In support of this excellent healthcare, there are numerous health-oriented associations and support groups that promote awareness and raise funds for equipment and tests. See the Support Groups page and Clubs and Organisations page for more information on these organisations, all of which are always looking for support and volunteers.
LOCAL HEALTHCAREGrand Cayman has three fully equipped hospitals and there is also a hospital on Cayman Brac. The Cayman Islands Hospital and Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital were joined by Health City Cayman Islands in East End in March 2014. It is hoped that the hospital will attract medical tourism to the Island and a number of tax and immigration concessions and incentives have been granted by the government to support the establishment of this medical facility. Initially, the hospital will house 140 beds and offer cardiac and orthopaedic care to overseas patients. Ultimately, it is hoped that the hospital will become a 2,000 bed facility over the next 15 years, offering considerably less expensive medical care than in the United States. See below for details about all the local hospitals and their facilities.
Cayman Islands Hospital (CIH)
95 Hospital Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 8600 Fax: (345) 949 2998
The Cayman Islands Hospital is located in the heart of George Town. It is a modern 124-bed hospital, encompassing 139,066sq ft on two storeys and is the principal health care facility in the country. It offers accident and emergency services, general practitioner clinics, full maternity services, haemodialysis, and wellness clinics.
Diagnostic services include :
mammography, computerised tomography, paediatrics, operating theatres, physiotherapy, a pharmacy, laboratory services, including a DNA forensic unit and other facilities that can be expected in a modern healthcare setting. Specialist services include:
gynaecology and obstetrics, paediatrics, cardiology, internal medicine, dentistry, dermatology, haematology, oncology, urology, nutrition, psychology, gastroenterology, radiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaringology (ear, nose and throat) and chronic pain management. The CIH also brings many visiting specialists to the Island on a regular basis.
The Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital
16 Middle Road, off Walkers Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 6066 Fax: (345) 945 1695
CTMH is a private 12-bed facility offering personalised, high quality health care. The hospital brings in many visiting specialists on a regular basis. Check the newspapers or their website for announcements. They offer a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary health care services.
They have a range of highly qualified physicians that offer comprehensive services which include gastroenterology, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, paediatrics, surgical and medical services, podiatry, gynaecology, anaesthesia and pain control, as well as general and family practice specialists. Visiting specialists include: neurosurgeons, dermatologists, cardiologists, oncologists, urologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons and ENT specialists.
- 24/7 urgent care (A & E) and non-emergency care available
- Practice services open all week
- Private and semi-private in-patient rooms
- MRI machine (3.0 Tesla MRI machine), “no squeeze” Digital Mammography, CAT Scan, DEXA Bone Density, X-Ray and 3D Ultrasound
Support services include: laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and physical therapy.
There is also a Medical Day Spa.
CTMH also has two private satellite clinics, Savannah Medical Clinic, located in Unit #3, Countryside Shopping Village, Savannah (Tel: (345) 749 6066 and Fax: (345) 945 2798) and West Bay Clinic, located at Unit 101, Centennial Towers, West Bay (Tel: (345) 943 6066 and Fax (345) 943 6067). CTMH also has a Visiting Specialist Clinic that is located in George Town on the CTMH campus.
Faith Hospital, Cayman Brac
215 Dennis Foster Road, Cayman Brac
Tel: (345) 948 2243 Fax: (345) 948 2460
Faith Hospital serves the residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. This 18-bed facility provides primary, secondary and emergency care. Physicians provide services in the fields of general medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, obstetrics and gynaecology. Regular visits by specialist physicians from the Cayman Islands Hospital supplement these services by providing paediatric care, orthopaedics, mental health, urology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology and nutrition. Emergency Medical Service provides pre-hospital care and transport. Dialysis is available. There is only one private physician, Dr. Charles Reid, working as a GP on Cayman Brac. See the general practitioner's listings in this section.
Health City Cayman Islands
1283 Sea View Road, East End
Tel: (345) 640 4040
Emergency: (345) 526 2125
Health City Cayman Islands opened in early 2014 and is a state-of-the-art, tertiary care hospital. The hospital is the vision of world-renowned cardiologist and philanthropist Dr. Devi Shetty, the Chairman of Health City Cayman Islands’ parent company, Narayana Health in India. Narayana Health is joined in the first phase of the project by Ascension, the largest faith-based health system in the United States, and is supported by the Cayman Islands Government.
- Cardiology department for both adults and children, providing complete care, from prevention, diagnosis, emergency care, to surgery, treatment, rehabilitation and wellness services
- Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
- Pulmonology services
- Orthopaedics department offering orthopaedic services from complex joint replacements and reconstructions, to arthroscopic surgeries and deformity corrections
- Paediatric endocrinology for children and adolescents with endocrine disorders
- State-of-the-art laboratory, offering testing in haematology, biochemistry, serology, immunology, microbiology and immunohaematology
- Radiology and diagnostic services
- Critical Care Unit with 17 ICU beds
Little Cayman Health Centre
Spot Bay Road, Little Cayman
Tel: (345) 948 0072 Fax: (345) 948 2283
Tel: (345) 916 5395 (outside office hours)
The Little Cayman Health Centre opened in 1998. The centre provides primary and emergency care to visitors and residents of Little Cayman, with a resident Registered Nurse and weekly visiting physicians from Faith Hospital. Patients requiring secondary care are transferred to Faith Hospital or the Cayman Islands Hospital. There is an Emergency Response vehicle on-call and the Centre is open Mondays and Fridays 9am-1pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm-5pm and on Wednesdays 9am-3pm. Outside of these hours, the nurse can be contacted on (345) 916 5395.
District Health Centres, Grand Cayman The following District Health Centres are operated by the Health Services Authority to provide general practice, child health and primary healthcare services. They accept most forms of payment, as well as local insurance, however, if you have overseas insurance, you will be required to pay the full amount of the service upfront and the clinic will provide you with documentation to make your own claim from your overseas provider.
Bodden Town Health Centre
Nursing services are available Monday and Thursday 8.30am-8pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturday 8.30am-12pm. Doctors’ clinics are by appointment: Monday and Thursday 5pm-8pm; Wednesdays and Fridays 9am-12pm. Dental clinics are available by appointment for adults on Monday 8.30am-4pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am-4pm for children. The dental hygienist is also in attendance Wednesdays 8.30am-4pm. A Pharmacist is available Monday and Thursday 3pm-8pm; Wednesday and Friday 9am-3pm. For information on specialist clinics, child health care and other services or to make an appointment, call (345) 947 2299.
East End Health Centre
Doctors’ Clinics available by appointment, Mondays 1pm-4pm and Thursdays 9am-12pm. Nursing services are available Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturday 8.30am-12pm. A pharmacist is available Mondays and Thursdays 8.30am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Children’s vaccines are available the 2nd and 4th Mondays 1pm-4pm by appointment only. For information on child health care and other services or to make an appointment, call (345) 947 7440.
George Town Health Centre
GP clinics are available by appointment and lab tests and nursing services are available six days a week, Monday-Friday 8am-7.40pm and Saturdays 8.30am-4pm. The Pharmacy, located in the Health Centre, is open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm. For vaccinations, visit the Public Health Clinic in the Cayman Islands Hospital. Tel: (345) 244 2800/2848.
North Side Health Centre
This health centre is a convenient option if you have a medical concern while at Rum Point or Kaibo with your family. Doctors see patients in the general practice clinic by appointment on Tuesdays 9am-12noon and Fridays 2pm-4pm. Nursing services are available Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturdays 8.30am-12noon. A pharmacist is available Tuesdays 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm and Fridays 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. An ambulance service is stationed at the clinic 24/7 for emergencies and at-home patients. For information or to make an appointment, call (345) 947 9525.
West Bay Health Centre
Nursing services are available during clinic hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8.30am–4pm; Wednesdays 8.30am–8pm and Saturdays 8.30am–12pm. Doctors’ clinics are available by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am–12pm and 2pm–4pm, Wednesdays from 1pm–8pm and Thursdays 9am–12pm. A dentist is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8.30am-3pm. The dental hygienist is also in attendance on Fridays 8.30am-2.30pm. For information on specialist clinics, child health care and other services or to make an appointment, call (345) 949 3439.
LaboratoriesCayman is very well served with the latest equipment and fully qualified doctors and technicians trained to perform blood analysis (glucose, cholesterol and HIV testing, DNA tests and others), urinalysis, CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, bone density, digital mammography, echocardiograms, stress tests and Thallium scans.
Cayman Health Laboratory
Grand Harbour Medical Suites, Red Bay
Tel: (345) 946 4715 or (345) 326 1643
Smith Road Plaza, Smith Road
Tel: (345) 949 7331 Fax: (345) 949 1436
Phoenix Health Services
21 Eclipse Drive, Rankin’s Plaza
off Eastern Avenue, George Town
Tel: (345) 943 8150 Fax: (345) 943 8151
Services include: blood work for immigration in half an hour, urine drug screening, microbiology and a full range of laboratory diagnostic tests from cytology to paternity testing, done both in-house, as well as send outs, working in conjunction with many overseas facilities. Overseas referrals are accepted. Open Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm.
TrinCay Medical Laboratory
55 Market St, Jasmine Court, Camana Bay
Tel: (345) 943 4633 Fax: (345) 943 4634
Emergencies: (345) 925 7020
Fully certified, modern and efficient laboratory, providing specialised services. Well equipped to offer a wide range of laboratory services and provide diagnostic testing for the needs of outpatients. Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-12pm.
Diagnostic ImagingCayman Islands Imaging
Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital
16 Middle Road, off Walkers Road
Tel: (345) 949 6066 ext. 500
Services include: Significantly upgraded MRI machine, available as of August 2014, called a 3.0 Tesla, which gives much clearer pictures, “no squeeze” digital mammography, CAT scans, ultrasound and 3D maternity ultrasound, 4D ultrasonography, digital x-rays, echocardiography, bone density scanner and Board Certified Radiologist on-site.
Cayman Neurology & Pain Management
Unit 8, West Shore Centre, 508 West Bay Road
Tel: (345) 943 6900 Fax: (345) 943 6801
Unit 5, West Shore Centre, 508 West Bay Road
Tel: (345) 943 6800 Fax: (345) 943 6801
The Medical Specialists Ltd.
Unit 5, West Shore Centre, 508 West Bay Road
Tel: (345) 943 6800 Fax: (345) 943 6801
Cayman Islands Hospital
95 Hospital Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 3888 Fax: (345) 943 3888
Services include: MRIs for brain and spinal, breast, internal and chest, bone related arm/knee, etc and MR angiographies (MRAs).
Medical Supplies & EquipmentValu-Med Pharmacy
Photo Pharm Centre, Walkers Road
Tel: (345) 949 0442 Fax: (345) 949 0443
Leases equipment such as beds, wheelchairs and scooters.
RVC Rehab Services
Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital
19 Middle Road, off Walkers Road
Tel: (345) 949 6024 Fax: (345) 946 7868
They supply affordable custom orthotics, Theraband products, Kinesio tape and Biofreeze pain relief gel, (spray or roll-on.)
OVERSEAS HEALTHCAREPatients may be referred to overseas hospitals for specific treatments that are either unavailable or not commonly performed on-island. Premature babies, those visiting specialists or having complicated surgery performed, as well as those injured in a bad accident, are often airlifted to Miami for further treatment. Cayman Airways may also be continuing their seasonal direct flights to Panama, which would give residents more options for health care. Check with your insurance company about in-network services abroad or for pre-approval of treatment and ensure to leave plenty of time for approval, before you are scheduled to go overseas for treatment, otherwise you may be required to pay the full amount upfront.
Baptist Health International
Cayman Islands Office
Suite 4-101, Governors Square,
23 Lime Tree Avenue, West Bay Road
Tel: (345) 749 3304
24 hour phone number: (786) 596 2373
Baptist Health International is one of the busiest and largest hospital-based International programmes in the United States. Thousands of people from around the world travel to Miami each year to receive care from their respected physicians at Baptist Health South Florida facilities. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient testing, medical second opinions, as well as concierge services.
Johns Hopkins Medicine International
601 N. Caroline Street, Suite 1080, Baltimore, MD 21287
Tel: (443) 287 6080
Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) is among the premier academic health systems in the United States, known globally for its pursuit of excellence in medical research, education and patient care. JHM has been ranked #1 in the United States for more than 20 years by US News & World Report, and is home to many of the world's leading experts in neurosurgery, cancer, paediatrics, urology, heart and vascular surgery, plastic surgery and transplant surgery. JHM also specialises in providing the best medical outcomes and a high level of personalised service for international patients, and is fast becoming the destination of choice for Caymanians seeking medical services not available at home.
Tenet Florida Hospitals
Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, South Florida
Tel: 1 855 836 3846 (24 hour International Patient Concierge Center)
Tenet Florida Hospitals are a family of ten comprehensive, acute care hospitals operated by compassionate, highly-trained healthcare professionals equipped with advanced medical technology. As a group, the hospitals offer world-class healthcare and specialised centres of excellence in the areas of major trauma, bariatric surgery, cardiovascular medicine, orthopaedics, neonatal care level III (the highest certification), obstetrics, oncology, comprehensive and primary stroke facilities, paediatric cardiology and neurosurgery and a gamma knife centre. As one of the largest healthcare networks in South Florida, Tenet's proximity and excellent facilities make its hospitals preferred destinations for patients for the Caribbean.
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