The Kimberley based Lenmed Royal Hospital & Heart Centre opened its doors to its first four patients on Tuesday, 25 July. Of the four, one was admitted after a suspected heart attack and one with asthma.The hospital is ready to take in at least 87 patients during the opening of this first phase, which is almost complete. It has a total of 177 beds. Phase two is expected to be completed before December this year.This is the 11th hospital of the Lenmed Group.Business is expected to pick up after various communication has been send to doctors to inform them about the opening of the hospital.The staff is up and ready to provide care to the public with its full array of medical specialists and state-of-the-art equipment.The facility will also offer procedures through a multitude of theatres and will also provide 24-hour emergency and outpatient care. It will also offer supported outsourced services such as radiology, nuclear medicine, pathology and dialysis, radiation oncology and chemotherapy.Leading the media tour on the hospital on the second day after opening its doors, the newly appointed hospital manager, Hector Mackay, raved about the high level of uniqueness and quality specialised services this new hospital and heart centre offers.The state of the art paediatric unit and the delivery rooms are already complete.A total of 17 maternity beds will be available, 30 medical surgical units, 20 ICU beds and 14 paediatric beds.The hospital prides itself with having attracted a number of specia-lised services in the medical field, with a good track record from within and out of town. “Some of the specialists will be moving from other centres,” Mackay said. Other services include those of a specialist physician, oncologists, orthopaedic surgeons, general practitioners, general surgeon, paediatricians, cardiothoracic surgeon, vascular surgeon, intensivist, gynecologist and urologist.Chemotherapy and radio oncology units are expected to be completed during the second phase of construction by the end of this year.According to Mackay the highlight of the unique services they are offering are the radio oncology and catheterization lab.“An institution, offering oncology services and radiation, was a dire need in the Northern Cape for its patients.“Patient satisfaction and patient experience is our top priority. “It will always play a big role,” he said.He added that the hospital also recruited trauma doctors.More than 1 000 jobs were created during the construction phase of the buildings.The Lenmed Royal Hospital & Heart Centre also has enough parking for at least 257 vehicles for staff members and visitors.