Remembering the Importance of Social Distancing: The Island Is Slowly Opening Up!


What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing is a way all of us can help slow the spread of COVID-19. With the island opening back up, we wanted to remind you of the purpose of social distancing so that we open back up safely and responsibly. By limiting our physical contact with others and staying away from crowded places where a virus can easily spread, we minimize the chances of spreading the virus. 

How does social distancing help?

Coronavirus has affected us in ways beyond belief. Economically, financially, emotionally and physically. It can be difficult to maintain our distance in these difficult times when all we want to do is be around those we love. We need to remind ourselves that we do things like these to slow the spread of this virus and protect people who are at high risk for serious infection. We all need to do our part. If we practice physical distancing, we limit the number of people who are sick at one time. That will make it possible for healthcare workers to care for those who are ill. Practicing physical distancing means you are helping to protect not only yourself, but others too. 

How do I practice social distancing?

It’s important to limit your contact with others, but you can still leave your home, if you need to. If you decide to go out, stay 2 meters (6 ft.) away from others and wash your hands often. 

Things you can do at home:

Do a little something for yourself, like:

  • Work out at home
  • Read a good book
  • Listen to music
  • Clean your home/bedroom
  • Cook a meal or bake
  • Watch YouTube or stream a favourite show
  • Arts & crafts
  • Nap
  • Study or do homework
  • Order takeout

Connect with others:

  • Check on friends and family members with a text, call, or social media
  • Check on elderly neighbours over phone, email or social media
  • Share memes and gifs
  • Play video games
  • Group video chats

You can still do things in the community while you practice physical distancing. Try to stick to activities where you can keep a safe distance from other people such as:

  • Take a walk (while staying 2m apart from others)
  • Do yard work
  • Go for a run or bike ride
  • Go for a drive

Sometimes you can’t avoid contact with others. In that case, be very careful when going out to:

  • Shop for groceries or pick up food
  • Use public transit
  • Go to important appointments
  • Pick-up prescription medication

After months of isolation, we now have a real glimpse of hope! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s see each other responsibly and reduce the chances of a second infection wave. This is our time, Cayman. We all have an important role to keep ourselves and our community safe.

How To Manage Stress During The Unknown

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The outbreak of COVID-19  may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in not only adults but also children. We at Cayman Pharmacy Group want to give you some helpful tips and pointers in managing your stress during this time. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones 
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions

Here are some reminders that are necessary while managing the unknown. This was not part of the plan but yet we are here. We hope these help you preserve your energy through this process.

Things To Be Reminded of While Quarantined:

  • It’s okay to move through the various stages of grief
  • Take care of yourself
  • People can experience the same thing and have different reactions
  • Being busy is not an accurate measure of worth
  • Connection is healing
  • Surrender by embracing what is
  • Hobbies are important
  • There’s always a way to help others
  • Be content
  • Be grateful for the little things
  • We can’t force people to do things
  • Sometimes we have to wait
  • The wait is not always easy

For some of us, spending time alone is a real struggle. Being alone doesn’t have to be lonely or boring. Find ways to make the time you have with yourself enjoyable. Are you comfortable spending time alone? 

How To Enjoy Your Own Company:

  • Get to know yourself (journal or explore self discovery questions)
  • Play by yourself (cards, games, coloring)
  • Explore your hobbies or find a hobby
  • Have a solo date (movie night, special dinner, dance party)
  • Speak to yourself kindly (the way you would to a friend or a kid)
  • Embrace the solitude (meditate, think, rest)

You got this! We hope you’re staying safe and sane while the world is on this temporary, unexpected detour. We want you to know that we are here for you. If you need to get in touch with us, fax or e-mail us here.

Take care and stay safe.
Cayman Pharmacy Group

Finding Peace In A Pandemic

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In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have had time to reevaluate our lives and the people around us. After all, it’s always easier to appreciate things when they are suddenly taken away from you, even if it’s temporary. Therefore, it’s no surprise most of us seek human comfort now more than ever before and are finding ways to have wholesome social experiences even while following the rules of social distancing. We at Cayman Pharmacy Group have comprised a list of ways to connect while being quarantined:

Things Not Worth Postponing:

  • Telling people that we love them
  • Apologizing when we are wrong
  • Making necessary changes
  • Showing self-love
  • Finding joy
  • Living intentionally
  • Spending time with people we care about

The fear, anxiety, and uncertainty many of us may be experiencing at the moment does not have to consume us. Instead, be deliberate about reclaiming who we are and making space for things that nurture us and allow us to support those around us. Although we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, it’s important to remember to keep our core values and continue supporting each other. ​A crisis does not mean:

  • Our boundaries no longer matter
  • We stop caring about the people around us
  • We need to suppress/deny our emotions
  • We should go back to unhealthy yet familiar relationships
  • Our healing and growth will have to stop
  • We have the right to lash out or mistreat others
  • Our emotions become invalid

Let’s remember that we can learn and grow even in difficult times – if we let ourselves. This journey will look different for everyone, but we are an active agent in how life experiences shape us. Here are just a couple of things we think hard moments can teach us:

  • Resilience
  • Patience
  • Love
  • Endurance
  • Forgiveness
  • Awareness
  • Adaptability

What are your personal lessons from experiencing this pandemic? What has it taught you? Thanks for taking the time to read this. We are still open at all three locations for your health and life needs!

COVID-19 Pandemic Store Policies


Cayman, during these uncertain times we would like you to know that we are fully committed to your health and safety. Let’s pull together as a community to take care of each other and beat COVID-19.

We have made some changes for the health and safety of our community. Please stay safe and know that we are here to help you.

  1. We have changed our hours to support and align with government curfew.
  2. Please call ahead for refills so you minimize your time in the pharmacy – we can also bring your prescription out to your car.
  3. Please come to the pharmacy alone as we are trying to minimize human contact. We advise you not to come into our pharmacy with elderly family or children.
  4. If you have a prescription, you can take a picture and text it to 527-4403, to have your medication prepared in West Bay Pharmacy.
  5. Please keep your distance (6ft) when waiting for or shopping inside the pharmacy. We have marked the pharmacy with black tape to further assist you.

We thank you for your cooperation and pray you’re keeping safe.

For more questions please don’t hesitate to call us:

Doctors Hospital Pharmacy: 946-2407
West Bay Pharmacy & Gifts: 945-0777
Savannah Pharmacy & Gifts: 946-3336

How To Stay Positive and Connected While Still Isolating

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At times of uncertainty it is easy to let your mind get carried away with worry and panic. However, it’s important to remind yourself to focus on the things you can control instead of the things you can’t. We at Cayman Pharmacy Group have compiled a list of a few topics and questions to help ease your anxiety and give you some mindful perspective during this stressful time.

Things you can do for yourself right now:

  • Take 5 deep breaths
  • Make your bed
  • Stretch for 5 minutes
  • Brush your hair
  • Take a shower
  • Light a candle
  • Read a passage from your favourite book
  • Massage your temples
  • Make yourself a cup of tea

Opportunities for growth you can see for yourself during this time:

  • A chance to read all the books that have been on your list and gathering dust on your shelves
  • An opportunity to develop better sleep habits
  • An opportunity to rest and practise the art of doing nothing
  • An opportunity to reconnect with friends (even if it’s just virtually)
  • An opportunity to organize your home
  • An opportunity to cook and bake
  • An opportunity to serve more people online and develop content that will serve people who live all over the world
  • An opportunity to sit and process your emotions
  • A chance to strengthen your praying practise

Questions to reflect on:

  • What can I do to remain connected while practising social distancing?
  • How can I help my community and those in need?
  • How can I manage discomfort in a healthy way?
  • What am I learning about myself?
  • What thoughts are most helpful to me during this time?
  • How am I protecting myself from things that provoke panic or anxiety?
  • How can I take care of myself?

We hope you enjoyed reading through our list and found it helpful. Please continue taking good care of yourself and loved ones, mentally and physically. Cayman – we will get through this!

COVID-19: Safety Tips For You

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As COVID-19 is a new disease; scientists and public health experts are still learning how it spreads. Up until now, Grand Cayman has only had one confirmed case of COVID-19. The victim was a 68-year old Italian man who was at first taken to Health City for a heart attack but then succumbed to complications with the virus.

In light of the global pandemic happening right now, we at Cayman Pharmacy Group want to give you some tips in prevention when it comes to protecting ourselves from contracting and spreading COVID-19. During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible. The virus only lives on surfaces and inside the body for up to 14 days. Together, we can overcome this.

Health Tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched spaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets and countertops.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies to treat fever and other flu-like symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.

Get Your Household Ready

There’s no such thing as being too prepared. Check out these tips to better ready yourself for quarantine:

  • Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.
  • Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins. You can visit any of our three pharmacies to refill your prescription:
    Doctors Hospital Pharmacy: 946-2407
    West Bay Pharmacy & Gifts: 945-0777
    Savannah Pharmacy & Gifts: 946-3336
  • Help family members and neighbours get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.
  • Stock up on household items and groceries in case you need to stay inside for a long period of time.

These are difficult times but not impossible times. We have overcome pandemics since the start of time and we will do it once again. Wash your hands, avoid contact, disinfect spaces. Don’t leave your house unless you absolutely have to. The sooner we kill this virus, the sooner our regular lives can return.

Stay safe and help those around you stay safe. Follow these tips and together we can do this!

CTMH Doctors Hospital donates to Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Relief Efforts


CTMH Doctors Hospital bands together with other local healthcare facilities to donate towards the Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts. Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas on the 1st of September as a Category 5 Hurricane, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record to hit land, packing top sustained winds of 185 mph. Officials have erected large tents in Nassau to house those made homeless by Dorian. They took action with tent cities on the Abaco islands to shelter up to 4,000 people. Here in Cayman, those that remember Hurricane Ivan can relate to the terrors of such an impactful storm.

On Monday, September 9th, The Cayman Islands Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin travelled on a Cayman Airways flight to The Bahamas. The flight carried medical supplies donated by three local hospitals, HSA, CTMH Doctors Hospital and Health City. The donations from CTMH Doctors Hospital included 1,078 pounds of medication and medical supplies valued at about $50,000 (KYD). The medical caches, which contain everything from first-aid suppliers to vital medications for chronic diseases and allergic reactions, were developed with experts to save lives. “It is so great to stand united with our healthcare system and provide relief to our fellow islanders,” says Dr. Patrick Auman – Hospital Administrator.

Over 75,000 people have been affected and an estimated 15,000 people are in need of humanitarian aid. Response efforts have been complicated by the lack of essential infrastructure and telecommunications. The loss of power is ongoing but slowly being restored with cellular connectivity and Emergency Operation Centers across both islands.  Immediate needs including medical treatment, healthcare supplies, food, security, water and evacuation continue to be top priorities for the Bahamian government and response agencies. Dorian’s death toll currently stands at 50, but over 1,000 people are still missing.

At CTMH Doctors Hospital, our hearts are with the families and friends in the Bahamas. Best wishes to the people of Abaco Islands and Grand Bahamas. It is times like these that we can show our true nature by helping provide charity to those in need and raise the quality of life in our Caribbean waters.

The Truth & Myth of Alcohol Consumption

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Alcohol is very much a part of our lives here in the Cayman Islands. If not directly, indirectly you may know someone who has experienced the pirate’s lifestyle that is represented in today’s media. On one side we see Jack Sparrow chugging a bottle of rum while drunkenly singing around a bonfire. On the other, we see total destruction and abuse to the human spirit. Overall, Hollywood has painted a pretty serious picture of the Caribbean lifestyle relating to alcohol consumption. However, it is important to separate the truth and myths of this substance. This may help with your decisions when out for dinner or on the beach with friends.

Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits, such as reducing your risk of developing and dying from heart disease. This directly relates to reducing your risk of an ischemic stroke which is when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow. As well researchers concluded that moderate drinking could possibly reduce your risk of diabetes. For both men and women, wine was seen as reducing the risk by more than 25 percent and beer by 21 percent. Clear spirits, on the other hand, were concluded to increase women’s risks of developing diabetes by 83 percent. But health experts urge caution over these findings. Diabetes UK, the British charity dedicated to supporting people suffering from the condition, say that people should not see it as an incentive to drink.

How do we define moderate consumption? Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than 65. Men younger than 65 should only have up to two drinks a day. Keep in mind that even moderate alcohol use isn’t risk-free. For example, even light drinkers have a tiny, but real, increased risk of some cancers, such as esophageal cancer. While moderate alcohol use may offer some health benefits, heavy drinking has no health benefits. Heavy drinking is defined as more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks a week for women and men older than the age of 65. As well more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks a week for men younger than 65. Binge drinking like the famous Jack Sparrow can cause serious harm and is not to be taken lightly.

Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Long-term alcohol use can cause serious health complications, can damage emotional stability, finances, career, and impact one’s family, friends and community. Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the United States. Up to 40 percent of all hospital beds in the US (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are directly related to the abuse of alcohol consumption. Alcoholism has little to do with what kind of alcohol one drinks. But it has a great deal to do with a person’s uncontrollable need for alcohol. Most alcoholics can’t just “use a little willpower” to stop drinking. The alcoholic is frequently in the grip of a powerful craving for alcohol, a need that can feel as strong as the need for food or water. While some people are able to recover without help, the majority of alcoholics need outside assistance to recover. Yet, with support and treatment, many are able to stop drinking and reclaim their lives.

Consider how much you are drinking on a daily or even weekly basis. We do not want to deter people from enjoying a well-deserved drink. But we wish for people to do so responsibly and understand the limits to alcohol consumption before it becomes a life altering risk. Drink in moderation and enjoy the perks that it has to offer. But more importantly, know the truth about alcoholism and understand the myths. Alcohol does not make you invincible.


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Study examines Cayman’s use of medical marijuana

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Pharmacist Kevin Gipple addresses the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists about dispensing medical marijuana products. – Photo: Mark Muckenfuss

In the 16 months his pharmacies have been dispensing cannabis products, David Pellow said about 300 people have filled prescriptions for the drug, which is dispensed in the form of an oil or pill.

“It’s growing and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down,” said Mr. Pellow, a pharmacist and owner of three pharmacies on Cayman.

Medicinal cannabis in the form of oils and tinctures has been a legally prescribed drug since May 2017 in Cayman. Mr. Pellow said it is available at five pharmacies on the island.

He was speaking last Friday at the annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists convention at the Marriott Beach Resort. His talk was preceded by a screened image of Bob Marley as the song “Jammin’” drifted through the room.

Mr. Pellow shared the results of a recent study of 166 patients using cannabis for various ailments, ranging from chronic pain, to anxiety, to nausea brought on by chemotherapy. At the time of the study, he said his pharmacy at CTMH Doctors Hospital had dispensed medical marijuana prescriptions to 136 women, 116 men and 14 dogs.

Among those questioned in the survey, Mr. Pellow said, 84 percent said that use of the drug had been beneficial.

Kevin Gipple, a clinical compounding pharmacist for the Doctors Hospital pharmacy, shared the podium with Mr. Pellow. He talked about the various cannabinoids, some of their uses, methods of administering the drug and precautions pharmacists need to take in dispensing and monitoring cannabis in their patients.

Mr. Gipple said pharmacists need to be aware of potential changes in liver enzymes and the potential for overdose with oral preparations and warned against combining the drug with anti-depressants.

In addition, he said, patients need to be informed about the use of the drug while traveling, as medical marijuana is still illegal in many countries.

While Mr. Gipple’s portion of the presentation was largely cautionary, he said the rollout of the drug has so far been successful in the Cayman Islands.

“It’s gone pretty smoothly as we’ve gone along,” he said.

One of the biggest hurdles that remain is the stigma the drug carries. With all of the efforts to keep ganja from reaching Cayman’s shores, the legal use of cannabis oil still seems contradictory to some.

“When we did our follow-up [survey],” Mr. Gipple said, “stigma was one of the reasons for discontinuing the drug. People said, ‘The neighbors think badly of me.’ But I think that’s changing.”

He expects there will be more options as more is learned about various cannabinoids and how they work together or alone.

“We probably need more dosage forms,” he said. “There are various forms of cannabis and we can do more.”

As published by the Cayman Compass