New medical centre has opened

The Deep South now has the Harbour Bay Medical Centre to see to their medical needs.
The Deep South now has the Harbour Bay Medical Centre to see to their medical needs.

The Harbour Bay Medical Centre in Simon’s Town officially opened its doors on Saturday 31 August.

At the launch residents were able to see the various areas and discover what services are available.

The first floor opened on Monday 2 September, with the first surgery to be performed in the advanced health section once the department of health has performed their final inspection. The centre will provide a variety of valuable health services in the area, with the second-floor services planned for 2020.

These services are mainly specialist services which were previously not available in the South Peninsula. All these services are in one building, conveniently situated next to the Harbour Bay Mall, nestled between the sea and mountains of picturesque Simon’s Town.

The Advanced Harbour Bay Surgical Centre is a hospital offering appropriate same-day surgery in a state-of-the-art surgical centre. Day hospitals are the smart alternative to hospitalisation due to several factors:

. lower risk for hospital-acquired infections;

. limited waiting times;

. no overnight stay required;

. more convenient and cost-effective compared to surgery in a larger acute hospital;

. medical aids are supporting the same-day surgery concept and prefer a day case to be performed in an appropriate day hospital facility.

It is important to remember that the surgical centre does not supply overnight facilities or trauma management such as emergency care.

The unit boasts a 20-bed facility with two well-equipped operating theatres, as well as two consulting rooms for the surgeons for pre- and post-operative visits from patients. Advanced Health owns and manages 11 other day hospitals in South Africa and a number of day hospitals in Australia.

The centre will cater for a wide range of surgical day procedures, including (but not be restricted to) the following: orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, gynaecological surgery, plastic surgery, urology, ear, nose and throat surgery and dental surgery.

Harbour Bay Family Practice is also based in the medical centre.

Dr Steven van der Merwe who has been the general practitioner (GP) in Simon’s Town for 25 years will move his practice to the centre and form a group practice with Dr Riki Theunissen and Lisa Salter, the local Simon’s Town physiotherapist.

They will offer GP services including well-woman consultations, geriatric care and cancer supportive care including clinical nutrition advice.

Lisa Salter will offer general and rehab physiotherapy.

Lancet Laboratories provide a full pathology service, where samples can be drawn and processed on-site. It is the only functioning pathology laboratory in the Deep South, ensuring urgent pathology results can be communicated speedily.

The centre will also have the Harbour Bay sessional rooms where visiting specialists will be hosted among other specialist physician, paediatrician, vascular surgeon, breast surgeon, oncologist, and speech therapists and psychologists.

Other specialities utilising the facilities include an audiologist, occupational therapist and lymphatic drainage therapist. A leading neuropsychologist will provide The Memory Clinic, which offers a dedicated, one-stop diagnostic, treatment and management service for adults with memory-related concerns. The names of the other specialists and services will be announced as the process goes forward.

Cape Medical Response will base an ambulance at the centre and be closer to their Simon’s Town, Glencairn and Scarborough clients.

There are several exciting future developments in the planning process including:

. A 24-bed sub-acute facility on the second floor which has a full rehabilitation unit for patients requiring step-down or sub-acute care after surgery or a stroke or other medical illness or injury that would benefit from longer-term rehabilitation.

. A radiology facility with digital X-rays, ultrasound and other services;

. A kidney dialysis unit on the second floor with a nine-station dialysis service and isolation unit.

The radiology service and kidney dialysis service are in the final stage of planning, whereas the sub-acute care service will take somewhat longer to implement.

The licenses for these three services have been obtained.V For more information visit the Harbour Bay website at

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