The Cheshire Hall Medical Centre has announced the temporary suspension of visitation to its in-patient unit due to security concerns.
This decision comes in response to recent incidents of violence in the area, with safety being a top priority for hospital administration.
The suspension of visitation specifically applies to the in-patient unit at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. However, other vital medical services such as the emergency department, surgical and routine outpatient clinics, X-rays, and laboratory services will continue to operate as usual.
The security concerns were further heightened after a tragic incident that occurred early Tuesday morning. Gunmen attacked a group of individuals leaving the popular Shisha Lounge in Grace Bay, resulting in one fatality and at least four people sustaining injuries.
In a separate incident in the afternoon, another gun attack took place in the Kew Town community, resulting in the death of one man and others sustaining gunshot wounds.
In light of these recent violent events, the hospital administration has taken the necessary precautionary measures to protect the safety of its staff, patients, and their families. While visitation to the in-patient unit is temporarily suspended, the hospital said it is committed to maintaining the highest level of medical care for all patients.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital expresses regret for any inconvenience caused by this decision, emphasizing that it is essential to prioritize the well-being and security of everyone involved. Further updates regarding the visitation restrictions will be provided to the public once the hospital's administration completes their assessment of the situation.