The COVID-19 pandemic changed all of our lives and the way Cayman’s hospitals functioned to keep patients, staff and the community safe. During lockdown the staff at Cayman’s hospitals went above and beyond to care for patients and help reduce the possible spread of COVID-19.
To ensure the well-being of expectant and new mothers, newborns, and their support persons, the HSA has updated its care policy to include additional safety measures. All changes made in the Maternity Unit, and throughout the hospital, are designed to ensure that the HSA can continue to provide high quality and compassionate care to every patient.
Masks: Visitors to the HSA and its Maternity Ward must wear masks at all times. The mother is required to wear a mask as much as possible, however, will not be asked to wear one during labour.
Birthing Partners: During active labour birthing partners are permitted to be with the mother. This includes overnight. There are no overnight visitors allowed outside of these circumstances. Overnight visitors are allowed at CTMH Doctors Hospital.
Visitors & Siblings: Visits are limited to one designated visitor or birthing partner per day. No siblings or visitors under the age of 18 are permitted.
NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit): Due to the vulnerability of these babies, the HSA’s safety measures now allow only one set of parents in the NICU at designated times. This is to ensure effective social distancing between different families.
COVID-19 Testing Patients & Staff: All mothers-to-be will be tested and have their result prior to arrival at the hospital for planned caesarean sections and inductions. Women who arrive in labour will be tested on arrival.
Due to the changing nature of the pandemic the information provided in this article is subject to change. Please visit www.hsa.ky or call the Maternity Unit on (345) 244 2841/(345) 244 2842 to ensure you have the latest information.