Clinic gets more room

2015-06-02 06:00
An upgrade to the Ocean View clinic in the next two years will bring new consultation rooms and an expanded reception area.

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An upgrade to the Ocean View clinic in the next two years will bring new consultation rooms and an expanded reception area. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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An upgrade to the Ocean View clinic is set to improve service delivery.

The City has allocated R800 000 over the next two years for the upgrade and expansion of the clinic, says Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health. The clinic will be expanded to include new consulting rooms and an upgraded reception area.

“The tender for the appointment of the contractor for the extension for the building will be advertised after June, and thereafter construction will commence,” he says.

The expansion will provide more operational space to improve service delivery, Mamkeli explains.

“The Ocean View facility consists of a reception area, pharmacy, staff room, records room, sluice room, toilets, emergency room and six consulting rooms. The expansion will include extensions to the records room and reception room and two additional consulting rooms,” he says.

The staff room may be replaced if the design requires that the consulting rooms are placed where the current staff room is, he adds.

Ocean View Care Centre founder Johan Kikillus believes the expansion is “long overdue”. “Every morning the clinic is packed and the clinic appears to be understaffed and underresourced,” he says.

New consultation rooms will go a long way toward alleviating the long queues, Kikillus believes.

“It would, however, be great if something could be designed specifically for TB patients. At the moment they have to wait out in the corridor,” he says.

“There also needs to be a focus on children and teenagers, especially teen mothers, and family planning.”

Around 210 clients attend the clinic daily, Mamkeli says. This includes residents from surrounding communities, such as Masiphumelele.

The community was the recipient of an urban regeneration project of R1m last year (“Upgrade plan for Ocean View”, People’s Post, 14 November 2014). Ocean View was one of several communities chosen to form part of the mayoral urban regeneration programme for the past financial year

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