New treatment services for blood diseases has been found by the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HAS) with the recruitment of a full-time medical haematologist-oncologist.
Consultant Medical Haematologist-Oncologist, Dr. Lundie Richards was contracted with the HAS for part-time over a few years ago before joining the organization’s pathology laboratory and oncology teams full-time in August. Along with haematology and oncology services he will provide expertise in blood bank and transfusion medicine.
“I am honoured to work within the multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, patient centred team of professionals at the HAS,” said Dr Richards. “My team and I will aim to facilitate positive health outcomes and contribute to the overall strengthening of the healthcare system of the Cayman Islands by always putting our patients first. I truly believe this is key, and am very pleased that we have already taken the first step by making the service available here on island so we can reduce the need for patients to seek this type of service overseas.”
Prior to full-time employment of Dr. Richards, a visiting oncologist-haematologist, Dr. Gillian Wharfe, travelled from Jamaica at least once a month to treat patients. Dr. Wharfe is known to be working with the HAS since 2002 and will continue to provide medical care for the patients.
“Blood cancers are treated differently from many solid cancers, which means that people who have blood cancer often choose to see a haematologist over an oncologist for their treatment. Having a full-time specialist on staff who is practiced in both haematology and oncology allows us to diagnose and treat a wider range of cancers and provide more comprehensive, quality care to our patients,” said medical Director Dr Delroy Jefferson. “An important part of cancer care is having the ability to receive it locally where family and friends are nearby for support. As such, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Richards, whole knowledge and experience will be most beneficial to increasing the value of our services to the people of our islands.”