In the face of the ongoing drought, the False Bay Hospital has taken steps to become more “water resilient”.
The False Bay Hospital Association recently installed a borehole at the hospital, which is yielding an “excellent flow of water”. The borehole system has been linked up to the hospital’s reservoir tank, which can effectively be used in the case of the failure of the main water supply, explains False Bay Hospital Trust member, Felicity Purchase.
“In order to install the borehole system at the hospital, the association had to call on the community and businesses to assist and donate in making it possible to make a difference in improving the water flow system at the hospital, especially in light of the water crisis we have in the Western Cape,” she says,
Donations were made by an anonymous resident of Fish Hoek, the Harcourts Foundation, Rotary, Seniors Golf Clovelly and St Luke’s Hospice.
The False Bay Hospital Trust has embarked on a fundraising drive to raise funds to improve care at the hospital beyond the national standards. The fundraising project, dubbed the “Blue Sky” project, will looks to make the hospital more eco-friendly, says Purchase (“Big plans for better hospital”, People’s Post, 8 August).
The hospital currently offers outpatient services, an antenatal clinic, midwife obstetric unit, dental, psychiatric, optometry and counselling services, a pharmacy, dietician, physiotherapist, and an emergency centre.
On average, around 7000 patients are treated by the hospital each month, with the emergency centre seeing around 2000 patients. The hospital has a bed occupancy rate of almost 70%.
The hospital’s goal is to reduce their water usage by 25%. In light of the water crisis in the country and in order to reach reduction of their water usage, the hospital has instituted a water resilience plan which includes various strategies to save water.
Many of the toilet cisterns have been replaced with new, smaller cisterns. The remaining cisterns have been adjusted to reduce the volume of water. There is an active campaign encouraging staff and patients to save water. Chemical hand disinfection is encouraged. Efficient use of the hospital’s autoclave and water usage in the kitchen has been implemented. All baths have been decommissioned and showers are kept to two minutes in duration. All leaks are attended to immediately.
In addition to this, the False Bay Hospital Association continues to pursue, support and generate funding for an ongoing project to harvest rainwater from the roof. This has the potential to supply the hospital with up to 85% of its water requirement.
The Trust is also considering the benefits of solar electricity generation and the establishment of a vegetable garden for hospital use.
One of the Trust’s other ambitions is the establishment of a tea garden on the property for patients and visitors.