Grow your own timber: Succession planning with Mediclinic’s technical teams
In the early ‘90s, Mediclinic’s technical team consisted of seven staff at head office and another handful of staff at each of the hospitals that were part of the group at that time. Since then, their scope and function has expanded – together with a strong focus on training up staff. The technical team now number over 400.
Absa Cape Epic – Multi-stage events and kidney damage
In 2018, eight riders were withdrawn from the Absa Cape Epic and referred to Dr Geoff Bihl, a nephrologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, for additional care. Most of these patients received treatment for a combination of severe dehydration (>7% body weight), rhabdomyolysis (the breakdown of muscle), where this can lead to life-threatening blood electrolyte abnormalities i.e. potassium, acute kidney injury or heat stroke. The decision to withdraw a rider is not taken lightly, or without due consideration to all factors affecting the rider.