Members News: Issue 2 2014
National Hospital Network
Newsletter: Issue 2 | 2014
The cutting of the ribbon: Ms Thandi Modise(the former Premier of the North West Province) together with member of the IDC Mr David McGluwa, Mrs Makama and Dr Molosi (some of the Shareholders of the Centre) launched the official opening of the Centre on the 28th November 2013.
Kgatelopele Wellness Centre is a 32 bed facility which offers a committed treatment for patients suffering from Depression and other Mental Health related conditions. The staff is caring and compassionate with their patient’s health as a top priority. The services are rendered by:- Well trained Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Physio Therapists, Occupational Therapists, 24 hour Nursing Care and the Gymnasium.
In recognition of international nurses day – we treated the hard working nurses of Somerset Surgery to a make–up lesson. Because we truly believe that all women are pretty without makeup – but with the right makeup can be pretty powerful! The lesson was facilitated by Dot Milton of Bodyography (professional cosmetics) www.bodyography.co.za.
Akeso Crescent Clinic provides specialised and integrated inpatient treatment for both adolescents and their families. Our teams compromise of professionals who have a special interest and expertise in adolescent psychiatry. The team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, a physician and dieticians.
Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) private hospital in the lower CBD has announced that it is in the process of further expansion and growth, to the tune of over R150 million over the next two years.
The move is prompted by a combination of visionary leadership and a growing market for private healthcare.The exciting growth-orientated initiatives include a catheterisation lab and a cardiac unit, as well the refurbishment of several departments. These ventures will contribute significantly toward the local economy, creating much-needed employment. It will also greatly enhance the image of the lower CBD of the city.
Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital recently hosted its Diabetes Conversation Maps initiative, aimed at reaching out to local residents who have diabetes.
Created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and other organisations, the Conversation Map has been implemented across the globe.
(MMC) Private Hospital recently hosted a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) “Master Class” on Tuberculosis (TB)
Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital recently hosted a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) “Master Class” on Tuberculosis (TB), accredited by the Health Professions Council of SA.
The talk was held in the week in which World TB Day was celebrated (24 March).
It was conducted by an Independent Safety and Quality Management Specialist Helen Loudon and attended by nurses from various local private hospitals and other organisations.
Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital recently held its first Wellness Day in 2014 for staff members, in conjunction with Discovery.
The theme of the Wellness Day was “Eat your way slim”, in an effort to combat obesity.
The event also featured the services of MMC’s Clinical Dietician Pranisha Deonarine, SOS Optometrists, Virgin Active and ACP Trading - a representative of low-GI beverage producer Nandi Beverages.
(MMC) Private Hospital recently did their bit as a corporate to help the youth of Pietermaritzburg by donating R5000
Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital recently did their bit as a corporate to help the youth of Pietermaritzburg by donating R5000 toward the Love to Live Non-Profit Organisation (NPO).
Love to Live is an established NPO which was formed 14 years ago in Pietermaritzburg.
Love to Live reaches out to the youth of the city and the main aim is to address public health and moral regeneration issues affecting the youth.
Midlands Medical Centre (MMC) Private Hospital recently held a function to celebrate International Nurses Day (12 May 2014).
The international theme for the year is “Nurses: A Force for Change - A Vital Resource for Health”.
The Hospital focused on honouring nurses, which constitute the largest group of health professionals in this sector.
The One Day Without Shoes initiative is a day to bring global awareness to children’s health and education by going without shoes for a day”.
”International Nurses' Day is celebrated annually on 12 May, the anniversary of the founder of modern day nursing, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Nurses are educated to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness, and the impact of psychosocial and socio-economic factors such as poverty, unemployment and ethnicity.
A fantastic time was had by all and the spirit on the day was electric. The Eye and Laser Institute definitely stood out with their bright green crew shirts”.
This year the Medical Forum Theatre is proud to announce that Elsabe Pretorius the Nursing Manager of MFT, was selected as one of three finalist in die Professional category of the Regional Business Achievers Awards 2014.
The announcement by the South African Nursing Council (SANC) regarding the training of nurses - who will no longer be able to enter the healthcare environment at a junior level and train up on the job to registered nurse but will have to complete a degree course - means that a number of highly talented enrolled assistant nurses and enrolled nurses will be have to remain at that rank, unable to progress their training unless they return to full-time study.
The nursing vocation is under pressure from rising population figures, increased disease and emigration. Add to this the fact that local nursing resources are depleted, a shortage that is felt most strongly in specialised fields, such as ICU and theatre.
In order to maintain the high standards it promises, Hillcrest Private Hospital has embarked on an in-house training programme for nurses ensuring nurses of the highest quality.
Every year on May 12, to remembrance of Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing, we celebrate those woman and men who answered the calling to take care of our sick and weary. The theme for 2014 was “A Force for Change – A Vital Resource for Health”.
At Hibiscus Private Hospital we continuously strive to upgrade our facilities to serve our communities. This year Nurses Day marked a memorable occasion by laying on a tasty “build your own burger day” for all our nursing staff. This was the first luncheon in the new, spacious staff dining area with a beautiful sea view.
Cure Day Clinics’ first encounter with Kgaugelo Fransciscah Mampana was in 2009 when she was a student at Thuto Bophelo Nursing Academy and was placed at Medkin to do her practicals. Cure saw potential in her and offered her a position as an enrolled nurse immediately once she completed her studies in June 2010.
Due to her hard work and efforts shown towards the company, Cure Day Clinics saw it viable to finance her in furthering her studies to become a professional nurse. She started with pre-package in September 2011 and wrote her final exams in November 2013.
The 1 Military Hospital located in Pretoria is currently experiencing a tremendous backlog in the performance of tonsillectomies. This is mainly due to the renovations being done to their theatre complex which has resulted in a lack of available theatre time. Patients mostly affected are children requiring urgent surgery due to recurrent tonsillitis.
During 2011 specialists and management of 1 Military Hospital approached Cure Day Clinics to discuss the possibility of accommodating their tonsillectomy cases. With three operational day hospitals in the Pretoria area, Cure Day Clinics facilities were ideally located to accommodate this need. Due to its favourable rates the tender submitted by Cure Day Clinics was accepted and surgery at CDC facilities commenced in September 2013. This provided a welcome relief for the many anxious parents who could now finally bring their sick children for surgery.
The first tonsillectomy was performed at Cure Day Clinics Midstream on 26 September 2013 by Dr Vivian Govender, specialist in charge of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - 1 Military Hospital. Dr Govender is an outstanding Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and has subsequently performed approximately 200 tonsillectomies at our Midstream hospital.
In celebration of International Nurses Day, the Directors, Management and Staff of Melomed Hospital Holdings(Pty) Ltd took the opportunity to wish all nursing practitioners and in particular, those members of this remarkable profession in our employ an extraordinary nurses day.
25th Birthday celebration at Melomed Gatesville
Melomed Gatesville celebrated its 25th Birthday in April 2014.
The turning of the sod ceremony took place on Wednesday 26th March 2014 by the MEC of Health Western Cape, Honourable Minister Theuns Botha. This ceremony marked the start of an exciting new development; the construction of a brand new acute, multidisciplinary state-of-the art private hospital for the Melomed Group.
Melomed24 ambulance crew had the privilege to be part of bringing former Springbok Tinus Linee safely back home to his family.
The Melohearts Support Programme, in association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, is a free support group for patients, their family members and friends who have had a cardiovascular incident and is held monthly at our hospitals.
Our Melominds Support Group this quarter focused on “Living with Depression: Self-help and coping skills”.
Thank you to our guest speaker Dr Unita Chetty (Psychiatrist at Melomed Gatesville) for an informative presentation.
During the month of June 2014 we, at The Urology Hospital, celebrated over 100 successful robotic surgeries not only at The Urology Hospital but also in South Africa! We gathered the doctors and theatre staff to thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the robotic program.
South Africa’s first robot is in Pretoria! Urologists at The Urology Hospital have recently completed the 100th successful robotic operation in only six months. This is a tremendous achievement not only for The Urology Hospital but also for South Africa.
As doctors and patients have embraced this advanced technology, robotic surgery is revolutionising the effectiveness of specialised surgery and the recovery process. At The Urology Hospital, robotic surgery patients are singing its praises. Mr PG Kemp shares about his robotic surgery experience, “ I was in ICU for 1 day (other operations require a 3-day ICU stay) and I was discharged from hospital on the 3rd day! I was quite concerned that I would not be able to be active for a while after the operation as I am a very active person but I have had no major pain since the operation and I even went on a BMW Motorbike trip down to Mosselbay 3 weeks after my Robot Surgery.”