The Medical Relief Committee is a sub-committee of the National Hurricane Committee with responsibility for the following:
- To provide for the medical needs of the community at the government owned medical facilities and the emergency medical shelters,
- To monitor the environment for minimizing disease outbreaks, and
- To determine the identity of any casualties and to dispose of bodies.
Cancellation of Clinics
When a Hurricane Watch is issued for the Cayman Islands, service at all Health Centres, General Practice and Specialist Clinics are cancelled until the all clear is given. Regular announcements are made on the status of any service interruptions and resumption.
Emergency Medical Treatment
Emergency medical treatment is available at the Cayman Islands Hospital's Accident & Emergency Unit which is opened 24 hours each day. Residents are reminded that for their protection during a hurricane, it is safer to remain indoors and treatment should only be sought for medical emergencies.
Patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases or hypertension that require medication should ensure they have sufficient quantities on hand at all times.
For additional medication or supplies, contact the nearest District Health Centre or the Cayman Islands Hospital Pharmacy for refills. Call 244-2715 giving your full name, name of the medication(s) and the prescription number(s). Arrangements should then be made to have these drugs collected from the Hospital Pharmacy.
Hospital Discharge Policy
Decisions on the discharge of patients before an impending storm are made by attending physicians. Persons who are fit and able to return home are discharged in the care of family. This is necessary to allow sufficient resources to be available to cope with injured persons requiring hospitalization in a disaster.
Overseas Medical Care
Normal healthcare services may be interrupted during a disaster which may necessitate the transfer overseas for continued care of certain patients who depend on life-sustaining medication or equipment (e.g. dialysis, chemotherapy, oxygen concentrators). Patients who may require special overseas care should ensure that all travel documents are up to date and set aside funds which will be required to offset their stay overseas.