Mediclinic Thabazimbi delivers cutting-edge healthcare to rural Limpopo
Posted on 14 December 2017
From 15 December 2017, the farming and mining communities of rural Limpopo will enjoy access to world-class healthcare, in the form of all-new premises for Mediclinic Thabazimbi.
As such, the new facility, at the foot of the Ysterberg in the bushveld, addresses key challenges faced by the former premises. Ageing architecture, together with an inability to expand, left the hospital at risk of becoming unable to provide its growing numbers of patients with the best care.
Mediclinic Thabazimbi now caters for the whole community and has been designed with growth in mind. This is a conscious decision and reflects Mediclinic’s aim of integrating the patient’s experience and wellbeing into every aspect of construction.
At the heart of the new hospital lies a desire to provide excellent, affordable private hospital care to all, emphasises Koert Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer Mediclinic Southern Africa. “We want to create some of South Africa’s finest hospitals. But more than that we are focused on ensuring that the experience our patients have within our hospitals meets their expectations, while providing the same uncompromised level of care.”
“Our decision to expand in a new location was based on our ability to ensure that the new design would meet the growing demand for services – where quality healthcare is a priority for the whole community,” adds Pretorius.
The newly relocated 34-bed hospital includes a 24-hour Emergency Centre, general, maternity, paediatric and high care units, while nursing stations are conveniently situated in close proximity to the rooms to ensure effective monitoring and care. “The hospital is also conveniently located near to the R510 on the outskirts of town, with sufficient, easily accessible parking available for visitors and day patients,” says Martjie du Preez, hospital general manager of Mediclinic Thabazimbi. All Mediclinic hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise thereby promoting sleep and aid the natural healing process. Mediclinic Thabazimbi’s state-of-the-art laminar flow theatre is another highlight, and patients have access to radiology, pathology and pharmacy services under the same roof.
A number of Mediclinic hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices. The new Mediclinic Thabazimbi is equally designed with the environment in mind. Some environmentally-friendly measures include solar panels and electric heat pumps and the infrastructure team worked hard to ensure water can be recycled from autoclaves to water-needy areas, such as the water-wise garden.
This range of upgrades makes Mediclinic Thabazimbi a modern, efficient healthcare facility, and all credit should go to the builders, says Dr Pieter de Kock, a shareholder and member of the hospital’s directors committee: “They have produced a phenomenal building with precision ahead of the intended deadline.”