Revamp of Red Cross Emergency Centre taking shape

2019-05-09 06:01
Attendees break the wall, one after the other, at the ground breaking event at Red Cross Hospital.PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

Attendees break the wall, one after the other, at the ground breaking event at Red Cross Hospital.PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

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The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.

Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre.

“The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms, medical and trauma resuscitation rooms closer to each other and improved staff and teaching facilities.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.

To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day.

It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from.

Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.

Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre. “The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms, among other things.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.

Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre. “The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre.

“(Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms, medical and trauma resuscitation rooms closer to each other and improved staff and teaching facilities.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.

To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too.

“Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre.

“The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms among other things.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.

To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.

Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre.

“The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms among other things.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.

Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre. “The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms among other things.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.

To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.

The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.

Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre. “The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, calm room, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms among other things.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.

To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre. “The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms among other things.

The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

The ground-breaking event for the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch took place last Tuesday.

The event organised by The Children’s Hospital Trust was attended by the provincial minister of health Nomafrench Mbombo, among other dignitaries.The medical team at the Red Cross and partners identified key areas that needed to be upgraded and expanded to ensure that children continue to receive the best possible care and that their families are supported while these young patients are receiving emergency care.

Through the Leave Your Mark on Life campaign the Trust has embarked on a journey to raise the money to ensure that the emergency centre becomes a reality for little patients.Since the launch of the campaign R41.9m has been raised and they are calling on everyone to dig deep into their pockets and help to raise the R80.1m shortfall.

Dr Matodzi Mukosi, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, says they have a team of dedicated employees who are passionate about providing compassionate care to patients coming through the emergency centre. “The upgrade of this centre will further boost staff morale and improve patient experience. We are thankful to the Children’s Hospital Trust and a community of generous donors who have committed to upgrade our emergency centre. (Today) we talk of donors and the generosity of communities. If it was not for your help, we would not have been able to do the work that we do.”

Key changes at the emergency centre include specialised units of care within the emergency centre, burns room, contamination/isolation room with separate entrance from the outside, child protection room, family counselling room, lift from emergency care to theatres and intensive care unit (ICU), separate triage rooms among other things. The official opening of this state-of-the-art centre is expected to be in 2021 should all go according to plan.

The aim of the upgrade and expansion of the emergency centre is to improve the flow of the patients moving through the unit and ensure that the family are comfortable while they wait for their children to receive lifesaving care.

All the donations received will go directly to the project.To help ensure that the Children’s Hospital Trust can raise all the funds to assist the hospital and the children they care for by upgrading and expanding the emergency centre, they are asking people to contribute to the campaign and Leave Your Mark on Life.

Mbombo encouraged all at the event not to only leave their mark but to leave their money too. “Leave your mark by assisting to make sure that we give the children the best emergency services. Though the department helps with a little bit of funds I’m glad that the people at this hospital said we can’t sit and do nothing. We are fund raising to be able to bring the best,” she says.

There are two parts to the emergency centre, the medical resuscitation side headed by Dr Heloise Buys and the trauma side, headed by Professor Sebastian Van As.

Dr Buys says: “As a flagship children’s hospital, we strive to provide world-class emergency care to all our critically ill children – many of whom come from very vulnerable socio-economic circumstances.”

Prof Van As says: “The trauma unit sees around 30 to 40 children a day. It is a privilege to be working there but can be challenging because of the relentless stream of severe traumatised children and the social environment they often come from. Trauma is one of the greatest scourges of childhood. The new trauma centre will provide the most severely injured children with improved treatment facilities and a better chance to survive and recover from their injuries.”

V For more information visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za.

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