Hos­pi­tal starts to pulse

Medicine Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal says new de­part­ments to open soon

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By KATHARINE CHILD

● The Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal promised on Thurs­day that its surgery and in­ten­sive care units would be op­er­a­tional by March af­ter it failed to open its doors in De­cem­ber as ex­pected, de­spite R1-bil­lion in do­na­tions.

The Times re­ported on Mon­day that the world-class med­i­cal fa­cil­ity was not fully open nine months af­ter its launch party and could not cover its op­er­at­ing costs.

“The fol­low­ing ser­vices will be avail­able be­fore the end of March 2018,’’ the hos­pi­tal’s CEO, Man­disa Ma­hol­wana, said.

“The car­di­ol­ogy out­pa­tient ser­vices are im­mi­nent.

“This will be fol­lowed by dial­y­sis ser­vices, in­ten­sive care ser­vices and sur­gi­cal ser­vices.

“We will ap­proach this task with the same level of at­ten­tion to de­tail and col­lab­o­ra­tion with stake­hold­ers as we have done to de­liver ra­di­ol­ogy ser­vices.”

“Man­age­ment will have sig­nif­i­cant au­ton­omy to

make de­ci­sions”

TER­ENCE CARTER

For­mer Health De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral

Pic­tures: Alais­ter Rus­sell

Vi­tal signs Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal, in Park­town, Jo­han­nes­burg, prom­ises that more med­i­cal ser­vices will start com­ing on stream soon

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