Edendale Hospital is to be upgraded.

2012-03-10 00:00

THE historic Edendale Hospital is set for a massive upgrade this year and it will also have a new neighbour.

A new 800-bed hospital is planned for the same vicinity.

This was revealed by KwaZulu-Natal Health Department spokesperson Chris Maxon last night.

Maxon said the new Edendale complex would have a facility for patients with long-term illnesses.

“We will also upgrade the Doris Goodwin Hospital [a TB hospital adjacent to the Edendale Hospital].”

Finance MEC Ina Cronjé said in her budget speech yesterday that the upgrade of Edendale Hospital and other hospitals in the province would be funded from R6,1 billion allocated for infrastructure in the health department’s budget.

Other projects included:

• The design and construction of the Dr John Dube and Dr Pixley kaSeme district hospitals;

• In partnership with the KZN Children’s Hospital Trust, the department would start the rehabilitation of the children’s hospital in eThekwini;

• The rehabilitation, renovation and maintenance of existing health facilities.

This included the upgrading of the accident and emergency unit at Addington Hospital and new casualty/trauma units at various district hospitals.

Cronjé said various general and TB wards at district hospitals would be upgraded, while there would also be routine maintenance at health institutions.

A new Madadeni Psychiatric Hospital and a provincial pharmaceutical supply depot to hold sufficient stocks would be built in Newcastle.

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