New T­hem­ba­let­hu C­li­nic to o­pen on Mon­day

George Herald - - News - A­li­da de Beer

Con­structi­on on the new T­hem­ba­let­hu C­li­nic has been com­ple­ted and the buil­ding has been han­ded o­ver to the We­stern Ca­pe De­part­ment of He­alth. The pre­li­mi­na­ry o­pe­ning da­te is t­his co­ming Mon­day, 14 May.

W­hen the Ge­or­ge He­rald vi­si­ted the pre­mi­ses in Nel­son Man­de­la Bou­le­vard on Tu­es­day 8 May, the big mo­ve from the old T­hem­ba­let­hu C­li­nic, which is clo­sing do­wn, was ta­king pla­ce. The hu­ge, mo­dern fa­ci­li­ty with an a­rea of 3 490m2 cost R61-mil­li­on. Its at­tracti­ve en­tran­ce fe­a­tu­res a beau­ti­ful mo­saic wall that de­picts a bus­t­ling s­treet sce­ne with the Ou­te­ni­qua moun­tain in the back­ground.

Ac­cor­ding to the de­part­men­tal spo­kes­per­son, Na­dia Fer­rei­ra, it will be staf­fed by 44 pe­op­le, the sa­me num­ber as at the old c­li­nic.

She said talk of a 24-hour ser­vi­ce is not true. “A 24-hour ser­vi­ce will be con­si­de­red in the fu­tu­re, de­pen­ding on bud­get a­vai­la­bi­li­ty. The ser­vi­ces to be de­li­ver­ed are pri­ma­ry he­alth ca­re, den­ti­stry and re­ha­bi­li­ta­ti­on. Be­t­ween 400 and 500 pa­tients can be hand­led he­re dai­ly.”

The c­li­nic hours are 07:30 to 16:00 on week­days. Con­tact the c­li­nic on 044 814 1500 or 044 814 1501.

T­hem­ba­let­hu re­si­dents can al­so ma­ke use of the Kuy­a­sa C­li­nic in Q­ha­wa S­treet next to the high s­chool.

Re­ad an ar­ti­cle on the mo­saic mu­ral at the day ca­re c­li­nic on pa­ge 30.

P­ho­to: A­li­da de Beer

Sis­ter P­hy­li­cia Je­po­sa, as­sis­tant nur­se ma­na­ger, and the staff are ple­a­sed with their new wor­king en­vi­ron­ment. T­his is the spa­ci­ous en­tran­ce. Sin­di­le A­pril (right) will be the first point of con­tact for vi­si­ting pa­tients and will as­sist and di­rect them to the ap­pro­pri­a­te secti­on of the c­li­nic.

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