Pri­va­te hos­pi­tal

Plan­ned for Graaff-rei­net

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

GRAAFF-REI­NET — The Graaff-rei­net C­ham­ber of Com­mer­ce held a pre­sen­ta­ti­on to dis­cuss the de­ve­lop­ment of a pri­va­te hos­pi­tal in Graaff-rei­net on Mon­day e­ve­ning, Oc­to­ber 30.

The Bo­ta­ni­cs’ con­fe­ren­ce ve­nue was pac­ked with e­very se­at fil­led as the com­mu­ni­ty ca­me out in their num­bers to par­ti­ci­pa­te in this in­for­ma­ti­ve pre­sen­ta­ti­on.

Lo­cal doc­tors, re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from Mid­lands Hos­pi­tal, bu­si­ness o­w­ners and mu­ni­ci­pal of­fi­ci­als we­re all in at­ten­dan­ce at the C­ham­ber’s net­wor­king functi­on which ai­med to ad­dress the lo­cal bu­si­ness com­mu­ni­ty a­bout the plan­ned pri­va­te hos­pi­tal’s pro­ject de­tails and pro­gress.

The pre­sen­ta­ti­on was pre­sen­ted by the hos­pi­tal’s de­ve­lop­ment te­am.

The te­am is ma­de up of re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from com­pa­nies in­vol­ved in va­ri­ous a­re­as of the hos­pi­tal’s de­ve­lop­ment pro­cess - Jo­hann Car­stens, re­pre­sen­ting the Ma­ca­da­mia Fund, Der­ry He­ron re­pre­sen­ting EOH He­alth as well as To­ny De Cai­to from He­alt­hs­ha­re.

The hos­pi­tal, which is in e­ar­ly sta­ges of de­ve­lop­ment, is on cour­se to o­pen its doors in mid-2019. The hos­pi­tal was des­cri­bed as a com­mu­ni­ty pro­ject which is gua­ran­teed to add to the town’s ap­pe­al.

The de­ve­lo­pers and pro­ject ma­na­gers are ex­ci­ted to enga­ge with the com­mu­ni­ty du­ring the en­suing pha­ses of the de­ve­lop­ment pro­cess.

The 100-bed hos­pi­tal will bo­ast a ne­o­na­tal ward, ma­ter­ni­ty ward, ICU u­nit and a high ca­re u­nit a­mongst ot­hers, with the key fo­cus being on pre-emp­ti­ve he­alth ca­re.

The hos­pi­tal will em­ploy o­ver 300 pe­op­le. The­se much-nee­ded job op­por­tu­ni­ties s­par­ked que­s­ti­ons from the au­dien­ce as to w­het­her they would be fil­led lo­cal­ly.

In re­spon­se to the­se que­s­ti­ons, the de­ve­lo­pers Ma­ny lo­cals at­ten­ded the Graaff-rei­net C­ham­ber of Com­mer­ce’s e­vent on Mon­day e­ve­ning at the Bo­ta­ni­cs, w­he­re de­ve­lo­pers of a new pri­va­te hos­pi­tal for Graaff-rei­net ad­dres­sed all pre­sent.

as­su­red all pre­sent that one of the main ob­jecti­ves of the pro­ject is to em­ploy as ma­ny lo­cals as pos­si­ble, ho­we­ver, spe­ci­a­lis­ts and skil­led staff will be broug­ht in from ot­her a­re­as so that the hos­pi­tal will be a­ble to of­fer ad­van­ced me­di­cal ser­vi­ces which are cur­rent­ly u­na­vai­la­ble to lo­cals.

The de­ve­lo­pers ho­pe to mi­ni­mi­ze the need to tra­vel to ot­her a­re­as for ad­van­ced me­di­cal ca­re with the in­tro­ducti­on of the pri­va­te hos­pi­tal.

In con­juncti­on with the de­ve­lop­ment of a pri­va­te hos­pi­tal, de­ve­lo­pers are al­so in­tro­du­cing

a li­fe­sty­le cen­t­re re­ti­re­ment vil­la­ge for re­ti­red in­di­vi­du­als, 55 and o­ver.

De­ve­lo­pers do not be­lie­ve that this will af­fect ex­is­ting re­ti­re­ment vil­la­ges ne­ga­ti­ve­ly be­cau­se of the dif­fe­ren­ce in the pri­ce ran­ge and al­so be­cau­se this re­ti­re­ment vil­la­ge will ta­ke the form of mo­re of a li­fe­sty­le cen­t­re with no as­sis­ted li­ving ser­vi­ces.

The functi­on is then rat­her to pro­vi­de con­ve­nien­ce and pe­a­ce of mind to re­si­dents with the be­ne­fit of li­ving mi­nu­tes a­way from ad­van­ced he­alth ca­re at the pri­va­te hos­pi­tal.

De­ve­lo­pers ha­ve al­so go­ne to lengt­hs to put strict me­a­su­res in pla­ce in terms of the ten­der pro­cess so as to en­s­u­re all ser­vi­ce pro­vi­ders as­so­ci­a­ted with the de­ve­lop­ment pro­cess of the hos­pi­tal are ca­pa­ble of con­tri­bu­ting qua­li­ty ser­vi­ces to the pro­ject in keeping with the stan­dards and vi­si­on of the de­ve­lo­pers.

The Dr Bey­ers Nau­dé Lo­cal Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s COO, Hans Hen­dricks, as­su­red de­ve­lo­pers of the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s and coun­cil’s full coope­ra­ti­on and sup­port throug­hout the de­ve­lop­ment pro­cess of the pri­va­te hos­pi­tal.

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