KZN hospital's trauma unit shut

2010-05-11 20:31

Durban - The King Edward hospital trauma and emergency unit was closed for renovations to be completed before the FIFA World Cup, the KwaZulu-Natal health department said on Tuesday.

"The infrastructural improvements we are making at King Edward VIII Hospital are part of the R148m budget," said Sibongile Zungu, head of the KwaZulu-Natal heath department.

The hospital has a bed capacity of 799 and will be used for critical patients such as those needing intensive and critical care services."

All critical patients would be referred to nearby hospitals in Durban.

"We also want to assure the general public that at no time; during the FIFA World Cup, will their health needs be subordinated to those of our visitors," said Zungu.