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Private Companies donate 27 smart TV’s to inpatient rooms at TCI Hospital

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#TurksandCaicos, November 13, 2021 – Patients can soon view their favorite TV shows and movies in high definition following the purchase of 27 smart televisions by a group of private companies for installation across every inpatient room at the Cheshire Hall and Cockburn Town Medical Centre as part of a project called ‘Just Like Home.’

A press conference was held at the health care facility on Monday, November 8th, 2021, to announce the donation and recognize the sponsors. The following companies donated the 43″ smart televisions: Fortis TCI, Graceway IGA, Royal West Indies Resort, Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, Discovery Tours, Tuscany Resort, and The Source. FLOW TCI has committed to providing internet and cable services to support five televisions at each medical centre. Representatives of the various companies were in attendance along with the Minister of Health and Human Services, Honorable Jamell Robinson, and Keno Forbes, a longstanding member of the TCI Hospital Community Advisory Committee.

TCI Hospital Community Advisory Committee members, Mrs. Stacy Cox and Mrs. Rosemary Jolly, steered the plea for sponsors and praised the support received during the press conference. Clinical experts agree that a patient’s hospital room plays a role in the healing process and overall patient satisfaction ratings. Entertainment technology such as video-on-demand and internet-enabled units offer a welcomed distraction during a medically challenging time.

The average inpatient hospital stay is 4-5 days. However, patients with complex medical conditions, including COVID-19 disease, may remain in the hospital for up to 14 days or longer with limited or restricted visitation from friends and family as a safety precaution. The ‘Just Like Home’ project recognizes that patients seek out amenities that provide the comforts of their home while away from home, and additional enhancements are being explored.

The installation of the televisions will continue over several weeks as more inpatient rooms become vacant and accessible to IT technicians, based on the flow of patient admissions and discharges.

The hospital also recently introduced free WiFi for all building users and wall charging stations for devices in the emergency and outpatient department waiting reception areas.

Commenting on the tremendous support received from the private sector, Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Chief Executive Officer at InterHealth Canada – TCI Hospital, stated: “While the donation may appear to be small to some persons, this is a significant development in the eyes of our patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Televisions can serve as an entertainment and educational tool to share health and other related information. Due to other large scale competing clinical priorities such as human capacity, infrastructure, technology and capital equipment projects, procuring these televisions was not possible at this time. Hence, I wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the private sector for this donation that impacts on the patient experience in a positive way.”

Commenting on the donation, Maureen Brown, Inpatient Services Manager at InterHealth Canada – TCI Hospital, stated: “I cannot express the joy and gratitude expressed by our staff members after learning about the donation. It feels like an early Christmas gift, and for our patients, this is a commemorative occasion. Where possible, nurses have spent a considerable amount of time keeping patients engaged and entertained during their inpatient stay. The installation of televisions will now serve as a form of emotional therapy.”

During the press conference, Honorable Jamell Robinson, Minister of Health and Human Services, stated: “I would like to thank all of the corporate sponsors who participated in this project. This is what good corporate citizenship looks like and this is what we need more of. We need this type of partnership in meaningful ways. Today’s donation is definitely meaningful. I understand the Community Advisory Committee was established in 2017… and I would like to encourage the team on the committee to continue to push for the betterment of the community. I am pleased to be a part of this special commissioning.”

 

Press Release: TCI Hospitals

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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer

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Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!

 

November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”

 

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Dental Digits; Health Minister gives Update on Great Shape Inc & Sandals Foundation partnership

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2021 – Minister of Health and Human Services, Honorable Jamell Robinson, announced in the House of Assembly on Monday November 22 that three thousand six hundred and sixty-eight persons in Providenciales benefited from the 1000 Smiles Dental Clinic’s two weeks project.

The programme, which was started on October 15, by Great Shape! Inc., a non-profit based in the United States and facilitated by the Sandals Foundation Beaches Resorts, provided free dental care and education to citizens.

Minister Robinson said the project was valued at $1,1400,701, and 5,431procedures were provided. These included cleanings, extractions, sealants, and fluorides that involved three dentures and 18 root canals.

He said that 103 volunteers, including 45 dentists and hygienists, visited and worked with the Department of Dental Staff.

The Oral Health Education team visited most schools in Providenciales, where 400 children were impacted. The team provided interactive sessions and lessons on nutrition, home care prevention and professional dental care. Most children were also given a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste.

Minister Robinson thanked Joseph Wright and the volunteers for the visit that he described as impactful and said he looks forward to similar partnerships in the future.

 

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US Deaths to COVID higher, Dr. Fauci floundering on Fully Vaccinated definition

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#UnitedStatesofAmerica, November 24, 2021 – Vaccine manufacturers are predicting that booster shots for Covid 19 will be needed every six months for years to come, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, US infectious disease expert and advisor to the president has gone on record with the hope that this will not be the case.  But anytime Dr. Fauci says he hopes something won’t happen in relation to the vaccines… it always certainly does.

“We’ll continue to follow the data, because right now when we’re boosting people, what we’re doing is following them,” Fauci said. “We’re going to see what the durability of that protection is, and as we always do, you just follow and let the data guide your policy and let the data guide your recommendations.”

The vaccine is not working to keep Covid-19 deaths lower; more Americans have died in 2021 due to Covid 19, than in 2020.  CDC data says 14,700 more people have died in 2021 than last year due to COVID-19 — and there’s still more than a month left in the year for that number to grow.

Overall, the US has lost 770,000 people to the coronavirus.

Dr. Fauci is also floundering on the definition of fully vaccinated; saying people who have taken the third shot are being monitored to see how long efficacy holds up; he simply does not know if it will wear off again in six months.

“…fully vaccinated right now, by definition, is the original two doses… of the Pfizer and Moderna and a single dose of J and J.”

Media reports indicate there are plans to redefine fully vaccinated as having received three shots, evidence however could prove that in six months, the inoculated are back to square one.

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