Saying goodbye to ­‘Goodstock’ hospital

2017-03-14 06:04

The Woodstock Community Health Centre held an internal farewell ceremony among staff and health committee members on Friday 3 March.

Medical and administration staff who worked at the facility for many years got together to share their memories of their years at the day hospital, which is closing.

Two of the Mother City’s oldest day hospitals, Woodstock and Robbie Nurock, will merge this year in the new District Six Community Day Centre (CDC) to provide comprehensive healthcare to the 70 000 residents of Salt River, Woodstock, Vredehoek and central Cape Town.

“I started my nursing career at Woodstock hospital in September 1987 as an enrolled nursing assistant and studied further and received my training from more senior staff at the hospital before it changed to a day hospital in 1993,” says Ada Smith, facility manager of Woodstock and Robbie Nurock CDC.

Edward Venner, chief clerk of Woodstock CDC, also known as “Goodstock, says: “Working for thirty years at Woodstock CDC allowed me to experience many challenges and triumphs and growth.

“I started working in Woodstock as an admin clerk, and then a casualty clerk on day and night duty before the hospital shifted from a 24-hour service to a day healthcare facility.”

Jeffrey Marshall (63) who has been volunteering his time at the day hospital for 14 years, adds: “I was forcefully removed from District Six in 1967, and I am so happy that I am finally going home.”

He serves on the health committee, representing community members and patients using the Woodstock hospital’s healthcare services.

The infrastructure of the building is no longer “ conducive in providing healthcare to its community, hence the decision to provide a comprehensive healthcare package in a new facility”, says Monique Johnstone, provincial health spokesperson.

She says the staff are looking forward to entering the new venture with their colleagues from Robbie Nurock later this year.

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