Filthy male toilets add to Northdale Hospital’s woes

2015-05-06 09:27
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NORTHDALE Hospital patients have expressed disgust at the state of the male toilets in the facility, which are either filled with faeces or out of order.

The patients have lashed out at the hospital, saying the toilets are in an appalling state, unsuited for a medical facility. They described the toilets being filled with waste and toilet paper, and buckets filled with urine left under broken urinals.

However, a checklist submitted by the cleaning contractor ticks off the toilets as having been cleaned.

One patient, who asked not to be named, said he was admitted into the hospital a week ago for severe irritable bowel syndrome.

The patient said he urgently needed to use the toilet.

“My discoveries have been shocking to the point that I held back, inflicting more pain on myself due to fears of a possible aggressive viral attack from the appalling condition of every single toilet I tried to access,” he said. “The men’s toilet at Casualty was also out of order and I had to walk further,” he said.

Northdale Hospital board chairperson Rachel Soobiah said the board was unhappy with the service delivered by the cleaners and had expressed its disquiet to the Health Department, which she said had appointed the contractor. However, the department had ­nevertheless extended the contract for a further three months when it expired, said Soobiah.

Health Department spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said the management of facilities and taking care of infrastructure was the responsibility of hospital management. “In this regard, the department will seek an explanation from the relevant CEO,” he said.

Meanwhile, a consultative meeting is to be held at the hospital tomorrow for the community to discuss with management their concerns regarding the facility. Soobiah said the meeting would include a walkabout through the hospital.

“Management has decided to invite the community to discuss with us the issues they have been experiencing. We urge all leaders in the community, especially ward councillors, to attend the meeting,” she said.

Soobiah said community members should come forward with their problems and also their suggestions for solutions. “We need to know how the community thinks the hospital needs to improve its service. We want the community to take an active role in making things better at the hospital. We are expecting a lot of constructive criticism and we welcome that,” she said.

The meeting will take place at 5 pm tomorrow, outside the hospital cafeteria

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