Theft threatens patients safety

2019-05-28 06:01

An increase in incidents of theft and vandalism during recent months at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg is impacting service delivery negatively at the hospital.

The hospital’s borehole system was compromised when its copper pipes were stolen, causing a disruption in the water supply to certain areas of the hospital. Patients could not use the ablution facilities for several hours and nursing staff could not wash their patients.

According to the Department of Health spokesperson, Natalie Watlington, the generator outside the hospital was vandalised when the electric cables providing power to the unit was stolen, threatening the safety of patients on life support in the event of a power outage.

“However, a contingency plan was put in place immediately as a precautionary measure and EMS to the hospital was diverted in order to safeguard all patients on life support in the event of a power outage at the hospital,” she says.

Watlington says most recently, copper pipes were stolen from the roof of the hospital’s second floor, affecting water supply and resulting in water damage. “Patients had to be moved to adjacent wards in order to ensure their safety and well being. We can assure patients that all access points used during these incidents have been secured and continued efforts are underway to increase security measures at the hospital,” she says, adding that they are deeply distressed that despite all efforts to improve service delivery to the surrounding community through the current construction of the new emergency centre, that progress continues to be hampered because of criminal activity. “We urge community members to please inform SAPS should they be aware of anyone involved in these criminal acts,” she concludes.

An increase in incidents of theft and vandalism during recent months at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg is impacting service delivery negatively at the hospital.

The hospital’s borehole system was compromised when its copper pipes were stolen, causing a disruption in the water supply to certain areas of the hospital. Patients could not use the ablution facilities for several hours and nursing staff could not wash their patients.

According to the Department of Health spokesperson, Natalie Watlington, the generator outside the hospital was vandalised when the electric cables providing power to the unit was stolen, threatening the safety of patients on life support in the event of a power outage.

“However, a contingency plan was put in place immediately as a precautionary measure and EMS to the hospital was diverted in order to safeguard all patients on life support in the event of a power outage at the hospital,” she says.

Watlington says most recently, copper pipes were stolen from the roof of the hospital’s second floor, affecting water supply and resulting in water damage. “Patients had to be moved to adjacent wards in order to ensure their safety and well being. We can assure patients that all access points used during these incidents have been secured and continued efforts are underway to increase security measures at the hospital,” she says, adding that they are deeply distressed that despite all efforts to improve service delivery to the surrounding community through the current construction of the new emergency centre, that progress continues to be hampered because of criminal activity. “We urge community members to please inform SAPS should they be aware of anyone involved in these criminal acts,” she concludes.

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