Golf cart donated to transport patients

| 28/10/2018
CNS Local Life

The golf cart handover at the hospital

(CNS Local Life): A donation of a golf cart to the Cayman Islands Hospital will enable patients with mobility challenges more easily to navigate the medical facility. British Caymanian Insurance Company (BritCay) gifted the hospital a 2019 six-seater electric golf cart, valued at almost US$14,000, which will be used to transport patients from the parking lot to the main entrance of the facility and other areas on the campus.

In a handover ceremony held 26 October, Health Services Authority (HSA) CEO Lizzette Yearwood thanked BritCay for the donation, am HSA press release stated, which will significantly improve the experience of patients and visitors, particularly older persons.

“As we recently created more parking for our patients at the adjacent Seventh Day Adventist Church lot, we immediately recognised that the extended walk from the new parking area to the various patient care areas of the hospital can be very tiring for older persons. With the golf cart patient transport service, entering our doors just got a bit easier for these individuals,” Yearwood said.

The golf cart was customised for the unique needs of patient transportation, particularly for elderly patients, the press release said. It has the capability of holding a wheelchair, side rails for safety and support for getting inside for those with more extreme mobility challenges. The cart is also equipped with side enclosures to resist rain, nonskid slip-resistant surfaces and durable tyres.

BritCay health manager Lamar Haynes said of the donation, “We heard of the need, saw where we could assist and were happy to do so. Our company slogan is ‘Where people come first’ so this was the perfect opportunity to live our motto. I hope the addition of this cart to the hospital’s equipment will provide a degree of comfort and convenience for those patients who experience mobility challenges.”

Yearwood added that the donation is timely with October being Older Persons Month, a time to recognise the value and contribution of older persons to the society, as well as, develop and implement programmes and initiatives for the unique needs of these individuals. “In addition to the golf cart for transportation needs, we also have dedicated parking spots at the hospital and lines within its clinics and pharmacy for older persons,” she said.

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