Facelift for hospital

2019-02-19 06:00
Victoria Hospital in Wynberg.

Victoria Hospital in Wynberg.

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A multimillion rand Emergency Centre (EC) upgrade for the Victoria Hospital in Wynberg is due to commence this month.

The state of readiness was recently announced by the provincial minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.

It is reported that the current budget allocation is R72m and is subject to change depending on the accepted tender, price increases in material costs and the fluctuating rand.

According to a statement, the hospital treats on average 3000 patients per month from areas in the southern suburbs for minor and major injuries and illnesses.

The two-year project aims to provide much-needed relief to the patients it serves as Mbombo said the new centre will be spacious, modern and more functional for staff and patients.

In the statement, Mbombo said that upon the completion of this project the existing centre’s main treatment area would then be increased from seven cubicles to 17, with four resuscitation beds, while the observation and overnight ward will increase from eight beds to 18 beds.

She said the infrastructure of the existing “prefabricated and temporary EC” is too small and no longer conducive for patient care, due to population growth and service demands.

“Improving the infrastructure of this hospital speaks directly to our Healthcare 2030 vision of improved patient care. This allows us to provide better quality person-centred care to the communities we serve. This project will not directly affect service delivery but we urge the community to work with us while construction is in progress” said Mbombo.

She said services rendered at the hospital will not be affected during the construction period, but extensions are being made to the existing temporary EC to accommodate the increased patient load until the new EC is complete.

Mbombo said only emergency medical service vehicles can enter the facility to drop off patients.

“We apologise to patients and residents for the noise level and the construction of the additional temporary parking space and thank them for their patience, as the new EC will have a significant and positive change to all community members who have a vested interest in seeing improvements made to emergency services and waiting times at the hospital.”

Staff parking will also be affected for the duration of the construction project and temporary staff parking space is being prepared opposite the hospital with fence line restrictions in the pavement of Alphen Hill Road, with no illegal parking allowed.

In conclusion, Mbombo urged patients to think day clinic first and or use their 24-hour community health centre within their catchment area for minor injuries and illnesses to alleviate the service pressure on the existing centre.

“Victoria Hospital’s Emergency Centre should be accessed by patients with urgent and life-threatening injuries or conditions, as well as referral cases from the local clinics. By accessing your day clinic first, you can play a key role in reducing the waiting times at the hospital.”


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