Private hospital planned

2015-10-20 06:00

Provincial government has received an application for a private hospital to serve Noordhoek and Fish Hoek.

The proposed hospital would have 20 adult medical beds, 26 adult surgical beds, 12 obstetrics beds, 10 cribs, an adult intensive care unit (ICU), a neonatal ICU, four adult high-care beds, eight paediatric high-care beds, one isolation ICU, three major theatres, two delivery rooms and an emergency unit.

While some residents support the new hospital, others believe more affordable healthcare options are needed in the South Peninsula.

Mary Turok of the Fish Hoek Valley Older Person’s Forum says there are already a number of homes and frail care facilities and services for “better-off older people”.

“But we are desperate for these in the large, poorer communities. A new hospital should be affordable and accessible to them,” she says.

Residents have in general voiced support for a private hospital, says Noordhoek Ratepayers’ spokesperson Lynn Brown, especially with new housing developments catering for more “upmarket” residents.

“Private hospitals are too far to reach in an emergency and traffic congestion now makes that risk even higher. However, the support is dependent on the site. The only appropriate site is on the vacant land next to the current government-run False Bay Hospital. In this way a public-private partnership could be developed where the developers of the private hospital improve the facilities of False Bay Hospital,” she says.

Dr Bridget Farham, a Noordhoek resident, agrees: “The most sensible and sustainable approach would be for a private hospital to be part of a public-private partnership with False Bay Hospital. This would provide a more sustainable community facility, but would obviously not make as much money for the hospital group or the specialists concerned,” she says. She believes a large number of people in the area would not be able to afford a private facility and residents would need to be sure that the presence of a private hospital would not have an impact on the funding of False Bay public clinics and hospitals.

She also says any private hospital would likely be subject to more than local planning and zoning requirements.

“With the National Health Insurance imminent I understand that private practitioners and hospitals require a certificate of need before they can practise or open,” she explains


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