Medi-Clinic invests in city

2011-03-15 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG has attracted a giant investment in the health sector, adding much-needed private hospital beds.

The Witness has learnt that Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic will invest R170 million to expand the hospital, adding about 90 new beds across a variety of medical disciplines.

The hospital, which has a staff complement of 350, plans to employ 100 additional nursing staff and 20 additional support staff as a result of the expansion.

There are also plans to increase the number of doctors’ suites over the next few years.

Hospital manager Rod Soutter told The Witness that the plans have been in the pipeline for several years, adding that regulatory and corporate approval had to be obtained from the Health Department and the Medi-Clinic Group.

“The pressure of bed demand in Pietermaritzburg is severe, both in terms of surgical and medical demand. We estimate that the shortfall on any given day is about 150 beds in the city. We have a waiting list of about 50 beds per day and I would think that the other two private hospitals have similar waiting lists,” Soutter said.

The expansion — which will be undertaken primarily in the areas overlooking the Umsunduzi River and Woodburn Rugby Stadium — is the single biggest investment in a project within the group’s portfolio of 52 hospitals in South Africa.

It includes an additional 30 medical beds, 12 paediatric beds, 10 daycare beds, a new neo-natal intensive care unit with four additional beds, 26 cardiac beds, the installation of a catheterisation lab (for cardiac treatment), two additional theatres, a new pharmacy and emergency centre, a new kitchen and laundry, as well as a triple-storey parking deck with 360 bays.

A further 16 specialist medical suites will be added to the hospital.

Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic has 140 beds at present.

The parking deck and specialist suites will be built first.

The project is expected to start in July 2011. It will be rolled out in phases, with a final completion date of November 2012.

Soutter said the development is important for KZN. “Medi-Clinic has taken the bold step to invest in the city and the region. Our catchment area is wide and includes Kokstad, Matatiele, Richmond, Ixopo, Newcastle, Vryheid, the Drakensberg and the wider KZN Midlands.”

• 30 medical beds

• 12 paediatric beds

• 10 daycare beds

• A neo-natal intensive care unit with four additional beds,

• 26 cardiac beds,

• A catheterisation lab (for cardiac treatment),

• Two additional theatres

• A pharmacy and emergency centre

• A kitchen and laundry

• A 360-bay triple-storey parking deck

• 16 specialist medical suites.

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