Hospital upgrades get thumbs up

2019-04-23 06:00
The sod-turning ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction phase

The sod-turning ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction phase

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Residents have applauded the upgrades to the Emergency Centre (EC) at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, saying that they were long overdue.

The beginning of the construction of the R80m upgrade of the EC at the hospital in Wynberg was officially launched during a sod-turning event last Wednesday 17 April at the hospital.

A total of R1.2bn has been earmarked for infrastructure investment this year and the money will be spent on the construction of a brand-new EC for this hospital.

The construction will last for about two years with the construction expected to be completed in November 2020.

Glorya van Niekerk, a patient says Victoria Hospital is as good as a private hospital, however, the waiting times can sometimes be too long. “I commend the department of health for this. We’re moving with the times of upgraded building and new technology,” she says.

According to a statement from the department of health, the EC can no longer accommodate the growing number of patients and that is why a new fit for purpose facility will be constructed as soon as possible.

The hospital treats on average 3000 patients per month from areas in the southern suburbs for minor and major injuries as well as illnesses.

The existing EC’s main treatment area will increase from seven cubicles to 17, with four beds to be used for resuscitation. The current observation and overnight ward will increase from currently having eight beds to 18. The new EC will be spacious, modern and more functional for staff and patients. Another resident who uses the hospital, Riaad Moses, says the upgrades will bring relief. “The hospital has served us well and an upgrade is a step in the right direction. More people can get treatment.”

Van Niekerk adds that she has lots of admiration to the reception team at the hospital. “It is always a pleasure dealing with them though they work in trying conditions. Besides the upgrading, the hospital needs to give the hospital staff a salary increase, seeing that they work long hours. We are happy with the upgrades but also want the department do something for the staff,” she says.

Provincial minister of health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, who attended the event said: “The project will certainly improve the current services that are offered to our patients. This will allow for more patients to be treated at the facility, and will ensure better patient flow, in a bigger and better emergency care facility.”


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