Security boost after theft

2015-10-06 06:00
Point of entrance as thieves steal four computers at the hospital.

Point of entrance as thieves steal four computers at the hospital.

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Following a second burglary at the Kensington Day Hospital, the facility is set to have security guards.

The break-in, which took place on Wednesday 23 September, was discovered on Friday morning when the nurses returned to work after the public holiday.

It is alleged that the thieves gained access to the hospital after they removed the burglar bars from the windows.

The first burglary prompted the department of health to install burglar bars on the window but the hospital has been targeted again.

Patient service has been slow after the theft of four computers during the break-in.

Some of the patients had to be turned away because nurses couldn’t work without the computers.

Those who could be assisted faced an even longer wait as everything had to be done manually.

Others left because they had waited too long without service. Patient Sumaya Kalam managed to get her medication but couldn’t see the doctor.

She was told to come back another day hoping that things would be back to normal.

“This is a huge inconvenience for us because I am told to come back on Wednesday. I have to take a taxi home and back again to see a doctor. I’m so tired and I don’t even have money for food where do I get money to come back here again,” she says.

Kensington resident Catherine Williams says criminals must think twice before they act.

“They must think that this will affect their families as well. We are not blaming the nurses as they are trying to do all they can despite the tough situation they are faced with.

“Thieves must stop stealing as this is affecting the health of the elderly and the children who rely on this hospital,” she says.

To keep things going some computers had to be relocated to the reception to help the patients.

Assistant secretary at the hospital Ricardo van Niekerk has requested patients assist staff as much as possible. “With the theft of the computers they have to do all the work manually which is really slowing down everything,” he says.

To access assistance faster patients should bring their hospital cards and chronic patients can bring their medication packages so that the nurses can take their details.
“Our most vital service has been interrupted by these perpetrators and we hope they will be caught and brought to book,” he says.

Monique Johnstone health department communications officer confirmed the incident.

“We can confirm that the incident took place and was detected when staff arrived for duty. Both clients and staff were affected by the incident; however, the facility manager engaged with the clients and reassured them of services that will be rendered.
“Services continued as normal in the unaffected area at the facility. Staff could not access patients’ folders via the computers due to the damage and theft and therefore had to assist clients manually which impacted waiting times,” says Johnson.
Kensington police are currently investigating the matter.

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