Netcare Greenacres Hospital turns 30

2015-09-02 06:00
Netcare Greenacres Hospital

Netcare Greenacres Hospital (NMBT)

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WHAT started out as Poli Clinic with 10 beds on 1 August 1985, turned into Netcare Greenacres Hospital, a hospital with only the best health care for their patients.

“In the early days, the hospital was much smaller and offered only basic services,” says Netcare Greenacres Hospital acting general manager, Dina Botha.

“When the hospital opened its doors on 1 August 1985, it had only 10 beds, a casualty unit with three resuscitation bays and a two-bed treatment room, a pharmacy and two theatres,” Botha explains.

Poli Clinic was taken over by Netcare in 1997 and today the hospital can look back with pride on how far it has come since those humble beginnings. “We now have 340 beds in the hospital, including 223 medical and surgical general adult beds, 23 paediatric beds, 15 obstetric beds and 19 day beds. We also have 35 adult intensive care beds, seven neonatal intensive care beds, 18 adult high care beds, as well as an emergency department with eight examination and four resuscitation bays.”

This hospital remains at the forefront of cardiac care, having completed expansions and upgrades to its cardiac facility late last year. Botha says a range of specialised cardiac services, such as paediatric cardiac treatment, is provided within the cardiac centre.

Glenda Paton is the longest-serving employee of the hospital and has worked there since the age of 25, when Poli Clinic first opened.

“For the first five years I worked as an assistant nurse. As the hospital grew, I gained experience working in the orthopaedic and medical wards. I still miss the interaction with patients, especially the elderly people. However, I know that the work I do now is also a vital part of the service we provide our patients,” Paton says.

“There have been tremendous advances in technology, such as much more sophisticated surgical equipment and techniques,” notes Dr Williams, who has been retired for the past seven years.

“We are about to embark on a further expansion project, which will see the main reception being upgraded and the addition of a coffee shop, doctors’ suites, a management suite and administrative office space,” says Botha.

“The hospital has grown from strength to strength over the past 30 years and we have no intention of resting on our laurels now. We look forward to further improvements and advances in patient care in the decades to come,” concludes Botha.

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