No shut down at Tygerberg Hospital - health department

2016-05-07 12:30


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Cape Town - Claims of services "shutting down" at Tygerberg Hospital are untrue and only emergency orthopaedic surgeries are under pressure, the Western Cape health department has said.

This is after a patient told News24 a clerk had said on Friday the hospital was unable to deal with an influx of new patients and would have to turn people away.

Spokesperson Darren Francis confirmed the government hospital was "facing a challenge" with emergency orthopaedic surgeries for this weekend and currently has more than 100 cases of which 25 were emergency cases.

"Our system resilience is being tested and to alleviate the current challenge, [the] hospital is running at its full orthopaedic capacity and staff are working around the clock to stabilise the situation," he said.

"The current demand is outstripping the resources available… and management have put measures in place to ensure emergency orthopaedic cases are being attended to."

Francis said the situation was being managed by using extra capacity across its health system.

"Other orthopaedic emergency cases will be shared with Groote Schuur Hospital and other hospitals with an orthopaedic unit until the current emergency orthopaedic case load is worked away.

"This will be co-ordinated by the department's Emergency Medical Services."

Francis said all other services and emergency surgeries were continuing as usual at Tygerberg Hospital, which was "still functioning optimally". 

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