Inside Mediclinic Bloemfontein’s new day clinic
Posted on 23 Mar 2021
The new Mediclinic Bloemfontein Day Clinic makes elective procedures more accessible, efficient and affordable for patients in the greater Free State community, and is conveniently co-located alongside the main hospital.
Mediclinic day clinics enable doctors and hospitals to perform procedures at a more affordable rate, and achieve quality clinical outcomes. To date, Mediclinic has developed co-located day clinics at Mediclinic Newcastle, Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Winelands, Nelspruit, Limpopo and Welkom.
These facilities accommodate a wide range of planned, relatively minor diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and allow for admission and discharge on the same day, providing the same high standard of clinical care you would expect at any of our facilities.
Now, Mediclinic Bloemfontein Day Clinic is ready to bring the same level of accessible, efficient care to the Free State community.
“Opening a day clinic such as this one is a complex exercise, and it has taken us a few years,” says Sr Angela Waring, Day Clinic Manager: Mediclinic Bloemfontein. “So we are very excited to bring a new level of expert, efficient and affordable care to this community.”
The COVID-19 pandemic left many prospective patients hesitant about scheduling time for elective procedures, and many Mediclinic hospitals elected to temporarily suspend planned surgical treatments in order to manage the effects of increased patient volumes during surges of positive coronavirus disease cases.
Mediclinic Bloemfontein Day Clinic is a safe space, and operates as a COVID-free environment. The 30-bed facility is home to three surgical theatres and two procedure rooms, and can facilitate any planned procedure that does not require a patient to stay overnight.
“The day clinic design allows us to admit patients, treat them, allow them to recover and be discharged, all in the same day,” says Sr Waring. Mediclinic Day Clinic can accommodate patients who require diagnostic and therapeutic procedures form a wide range of specialised disciplines.
“For now we are focusing on urology, gynaecology, maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat – related procedures,” she says. “We have an endoscopic unit on site as well, enabling us to facilitate gastroscopies and colonoscopies.”
The new day clinic borrows its “cubicle design” from Mediclinic Stellenbosch, in which traditional six-bed units are divided into individual patient-private cubicles. This design ensures the transition between patients being admitted and those being discharged is as smooth as possible. The design divides each unit into on-stage zones, accessed by patients and the public, and off-stage areas, occupied by clinical staff.
The day clinic is designed to make treatment simpler, more comfortable and more efficient for the patient – streamlined processes, state-of-the-art equipment and lots of pre-planning allow for a more affordable experience, shorter waiting periods and better overall outcomes, she explains.
The day clinic model is a proven method of improving care in many countries worldwide, and offers many benefits in the South African context, Sr Waring believes.
Mediclinic Bloemfontein Day Clinic is co-located at the main hospital, bringing its range of services firmly into the fold of a high-quality spectrum of care. “Our units and doctors are very busy, all year round. We service such a wide area,” she says, “and we really want to become part of the bigger picture. Doctors who have full lists in the main hospital, for example, have chosen to move many of their patients who need smaller procedures over to the day clinic, so that they can accommodate greater numbers of acute patients in the units.”
At Mediclinic Bloemfontein Day Clinic, patients can expect a high standard of quality care, clinically thorough protocols and streamlined systems that make their planned procedures simpler, faster and more accessible for all.