Hospital honours cardiac patients

2016-10-05 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john At the first annual Netcare St Anne’s Cardiac High Tea are (from left) Gerhard Britz (patient), Ash Norman (Netcare St Anne’s nursing manager), Vanessa Botha (Netcare St Anne’s cardiac ward unit manager) and Iqubal Khan (patient).

PHOTO: nicole john At the first annual Netcare St Anne’s Cardiac High Tea are (from left) Gerhard Britz (patient), Ash Norman (Netcare St Anne’s nursing manager), Vanessa Botha (Netcare St Anne’s cardiac ward unit manager) and Iqubal Khan (patient).

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NETCARE St Anne’s recently honoured its cardiac patients by hosting the hospital’s first annual high tea in honour of their new lease on life.

Patients gathered at the hospital excited about the event and even more excited to see the nurses and doctors who had treated them when they underwent their cardiac procedures.

Led by the cardiac ward unit manager, Vanessa Botha, each unit manager took patients through every step of their stay in the hospital, from coming in as patients with a chest pain in the emergency room, to the catheter laboratory where necessary tests are done, to the operating theatre, to ICU where they stayed for the first few days after their surgery and finally the cardiac ward where they began their recovery and rehabilitation.

The cardiac theatre, which opened in July, has since performed 811 bypasses. The hospital has the first cardio-thoracic unit and the biggest in the Midlands. It also has some of the country’s most modern technology.

Netcare St Anne’s nursing manager, Ash Norman welcomed guests to the special event, which celebrated their new lease on life and announced the new cardiac support group the hospital wants to start.

“It’s a new life, a new season and a second chance that you have been given. We want you to help us help others, to share your stories with those who might be in the same situation as you and for you to help them get through this stressful time,” she said.

Norman added that patients want often want to hear from someone who has gone through the same thing rather than simply their doctors.

“We want to create a strong support group driven by the patients where we offer free blood pressure and glucose testing, health talks and discussions,” said Norman.

She said the aim is not only for the hospital to host the group, but for the group to be run by patients from the hospital in order to give the support a personal “human-to-human” touch.

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