Revamped outpatient area for Livingstone Hospital

Joseph Accum, a resident of Cheshire Home in Cleary Estate, was very happy about the wheelchair he received from the department of health. With him are Gillion Veary and Henry Elliott, physiotherapists.  PHoto: THEO JEPTHA
Joseph Accum, a resident of Cheshire Home in Cleary Estate, was very happy about the wheelchair he received from the department of health. With him are Gillion Veary and Henry Elliott, physiotherapists. PHoto: THEO JEPTHA

PATIENTS of Livingstone Hospital no longer have to sit on hard, uncomfortable chairs when they are waiting at the hospital.

The MEC of Health, Dr Pumza Dyantyi, officially opened the refurbished reception area for outpatients at the hospital last week.

The outpatient department, which sees on average 72 000 patients annually, now boasts over two hundred new comfortable seats, as well as new admin furniture and equipment.

“The reception area was renovated with-in a month with new tile floors and the new chairs will mean that patients can now sit comfortably while waiting,” Dyantyi said.

New cabinets were built and rooms were painted to match the new look.

Truworths and the SAME Foundation (South African Medical and Educational Foundation) made a huge contribution to the repairs.

“The total cost of the renovation is R6 million,” Siyanda Manana, communications director of the department of health, said.

Dyantyi also later handed over 21 new wheelchairs to patients at the Chatty community hall.

“We encourage people to apply for a wheelchair if he or she needs a wheelchair but can not afford one,” Tenielle Campbell, coordinator of rehabilitation services in Nelson Mandela Bay, said.

“The wheelchairs are specifically made for a person’s unique build,” Campbell said.

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