Mediclinic Vergelegen undergoes a radical transformation
Posted on 19 October 2017
A large-scale refurbishment at the Somerset West hospital translates into a better experience for patients and staff.
It’s sunny and cheerful in the newly built paediatric ward, where five young state patients are awaiting eardrum repair surgery. They are here because of the Public-Private Initiative (PPI) programme that Mediclinic is rolling out in collaboration with the state-funded Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital.
Wide passages, fun wall decals and comfortable pull-out daybeds add to a positive hospital experience. ‘Our paediatric wards have been refurbished in a particularly child-friendly manner without compromising the quality of care for our young patients,’ says Marquin Crotz, hospital general manager at Mediclinic Vergelegen. ‘We are sure our young patients will also enjoy the comfort of this very conducive, caring environment.’
Mediclinic Vergelegen Patient Experience Manager Garth Smith adds that the hospital’s new family-and-child-centred obstetric, paediatric and neonatal critical care units also ensure a safe environment for recovery for mothers and babies.
And these are by no means the only areas of Mediclinic Vergelegen to offer a welcoming and restorative zone. From the new pharmacy, restaurant area, orthopaedic, surgical and general critical care units, the recent improvements contribute to an aesthetically pleasing and efficient space.
After the destructive flash floods of 2013 caused major damage to the hospital buildings, Mediclinic Southern Africa decided to invest more than R375 million on expanding the facility. And today, from the elegant and contemporary entrance to the new emergency centre, the benefits of the massive refurbishment at Mediclinic Vergelegen are clear to any visitor.
The first phase was completed in September last year and involved upgrading 80% of the hospital beds and constructing a new triple-storey building, which houses an improved cardiac unit, radiology department, paediatric unit, neo-natal critical care unit and doctors’ consulting rooms.
‘Our new state-of-the-art cardiac unit boasts a newly-built catheterisation laboratory (cath lab), cardiac theatre, cardiology and cardiothoracic critical care units, general cardiology unit and state-of-the-art hybrid theatre,’ says Smith. ‘This hybrid theatre is able to accommodate both invasive and non-invasive medical procedures, including specialised vascular surgery.’
On completion of the third phase of the project early in 2018, an entire flood-damaged section of the hospital will be demolished to make way for a double-story building housing pathology services, consulting rooms and other support services.
‘We are excited about the improved experience these upgrades will bring to our patients, visitors and the wider community,’ Crotz adds.