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Sep 21, 2014 

Healthcare and Hospitals

Last updated: 28th July 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 two fully equipped hospitals, numerous clinics and many private specialist doctors and general practitioners. We also attract a wealth of visiting specialists. However, healthcare and medications are quite costly. It is advised that you secure health insurance immediately, as health insurance coverage is mandatory on the Islands.

In addition to a wide array of medical services and procedures available on-Island, it is also possible to have advanced radiology, CTs, "no squeeze" digital mammograms, 3D and 4D ultrasounds, echocardiography, GI endoscopy, chemotherapy, hospice care and in-home nursing. Cayman is in the incredibly fortunate position of having a 3.0 Tesla MRI machine; the highest magnetic strength MRI machine available and the only one in the region. This GE Discovery MR750W 3.0T machine has been provided as a joint public-private partnership and is based at the Cayman Islands Hospital, representing a significant investment in Cayman's healthcare facilities.

In 2013, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority forensic laboratory received the highest level of international acclaim for its toxicology testing. Such recognition is a tribute to our excellent health system. This important service provides confidential testing and analysis for patients, law enforcement and businesses, including forensic DNA, paternity and employee drug testing.

There are a number of health oriented associations and support groups that promote awareness and raise funds for equipment and tests in areas such as alcoholism, autism, breastfeeding, cancer, diabetes, grief recovery, heart disease, learning disorders, multiple sclerosis, sickle cell, substance abuse and many others. Refer to the Community Life section for organisations that play a large part in promoting health awareness on the Island.

Local Hospitals
As mentioned earlier, Grand Cayman has two fully equipped hospitals and there is also a hospital on Cayman Brac. The billion dollar Health City Cayman Islands in High Rock, East End opened its doors 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.

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 healthcare facility in the country. It offers accident and emergency services, general practitioner clinics, full maternity services, haemodialysis, wellness clinics, mammograms, paediatrics, operating theatres, physiotherapy, a pharmacy, laboratory services, including a DNA forensic unit and other facilities expected in a modern healthcare setting. In late 2013 the hospital, in partnership with a private sector company, will also have a 3.0 Tesla MRI (upgraded from the previous 1.5 Tesla machine).
Specialist services include: gynaecology and obstetrics, paediatrics, cardiology, internal medicine, dental clinic, dermatology, haematology, oncology, urology, dieticians, psychology, gastroenterology, radiology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaringology (ear, nose and throat), neurosurgery and chronic pain management. The CIH also brings many visiting specialists to the Island on a regular basis.

The Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital (CTMH)
16 Middle Road, off Walkers Road, George Town
Tel: (345) 949 6066 Fax: (345) 945 1695
CTMH is a private 18 bed facility offering personalised, high quality healthcare. 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 healthcare services.
These include:
-24/7 urgent care (A & E) as well as non-emergency care available.
     -Family practice services open all week.
     -Private and semi-private in-patient rooms.
     -Family-orientated Maternity Unit with four private birthing suites.
     -Two operating rooms and specialised endoscopy suite.
     -MRI machine (3.0 Tesla MRI machine), "no squeeze" Digital Mammography, CAT Scan, DEXA 
      Bone Density, X-Ray and 3D Ultrasound.
     -Range of highly qualified physicians offering comprehensive services including 
      gastroenterology, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, psychiatry, paediatrics, cardiology,
      surgical and medical services, dermatology, podiatry, gynaecology, anaesthesia and pain 
      control as well as general and family practice specialists. Visiting specialists include:
      neurosurgeons, cardiologists, oncologists, urologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons
      and ENT specialists.     
     -Support services include: laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and physical therapy.
     -Medical Day Spa.

The 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.

Health City Cayman Islands
1283 Sea View Road, East End
PO Box 10590, Grand Cayman KY1-1005
Tel: (345) 640 4040

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, orthopaedic, mental health, urology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology and nutrition. Emergency Medical Service provides emergency care and transport. Renal dialysis is also 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.

Little Cayman Health Centre
Spot Bay Road, Little Cayman
Tel: (345) 948 2243 or (345) 916 5395 (outside office hours) Fax: (345) 948 2283
Email: Charmaine Coore (registered nurse)
The present 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, a nurse can be contacted on (345) 916 5395.

District Health Centres, Grand Cayman
The following District Health Centres provide services on the basis of payment of your deductible and accept most forms of payment. Local insurance is accepted however, if you have overseas insurance you will be required to pay the full amount of the service 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. 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 2pm-4pm and Thursdays 9am-1pm. 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 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 clinic, lab tests and nursing services conducted six days a week, Monday - Friday 8am-8pm and Saturdays 8.30am-4pm, closed Sundays. 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-12pm and Fridays 2pm-4pm. Nursing services are available Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm and Saturday 8.30am-12pm. A pharmacist is available Tuesday 9am-1pm and 2-4pm and Friday 10am-1pm and 2-4pm.  An ambulance service is stationed at the clinic 24 hours, seven days a week for emergencies and at-home patients. For information on child health care and other services or to make an appointment, call (345) 947 9525.

West Bay Health Centre
Nursing services are available during clinic hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am-4pm; Wednesday 8.30am-8pm and Saturday 8.30am-12pm. Doctors' clinics are available by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, Wednesday from 1pm-8pm and Thursday 9am-12pm. A dentist is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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 3739.

Cayman 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
Grand Harbour Medical Suites, Red Bay
Tel: (345) 946 4715 or (345) 326 1643

Med Lab
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
Open: Seven days a week 8am-10pm
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, homebound patients and those in long-term facilities resident both locally and overseas.
Diagnostic Imaging
Cayman 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 by the end of 2013 - the current machine is a 1.5 Telsla and this will be upgraded to a 3.0 Tesla, giving 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

The Medical Specialists Ltd.
Unit 5, West Shore Centre, 508 West Bay Road
Tel: (345) 943 6800 Fax: (345) 943 6801

3T Cayman
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 angiography (MRAs).

Medical Equipment
Valu-Med Pharmacy

Photo Pharm Centre, Walkers Road
Tel: (345) 949 0442 Fax: (345) 949 0443
Leases equipment such as wheelchairs and scooters. 

Overseas Hospitals
Patients may be referred to overseas hospitals for specific treatments that are either unavailable or not commonly performed on-Island. Heart attack victims, premature babies and those injured in a bad accident are often airlifted to Miami for further treatment. Cayman lacks a cardiac unit with a locally based specialist on staff as well as dedicated long-term mental health facilities and many people will go off-Island to visit specialists or have complicated surgery performed. Cayman Airways may also be continuing their seasonal direct flights to Panama, which would give residents more options for healthcare. 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.

John 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.

Medical Loans & Financial Assistance
The Government offers an Overseas Medical Loan for Caymanian patients (with proof of citizenship and the satisfaction of other criteria), who have a medical emergency that requires overseas treatment.This loan should be sought only after all other options (bank loan, family help or health insurance) have been exhausted. Contact or the Treasury Department on (345) 949 7900, extension 2141 or 2135.
Cayman Airways offers special medical fares to residents who are referred overseas for medical care by a local doctor. There are also a number of hotels in Miami that offer special medical rates. One popular choice is The Biltmore in Coral Gables as it is just a five minute drive from the Miami Children's Hospital.

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