An­nen­berg sup­ports se­nior ci­ti­zens’ needs

New state-of-the-art Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage de­vel­oped to cater to com­mu­nity de­mand

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

AN EVER-in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion in the Her­manus and sur­round­ing Over­berg ar­eas and strong de­mand for qual­ity med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties has prompted An­nen­berg Prop­erty Group to de­velop a multi- dis­ci­plinary med­i­cal cen­tre in Her­manus.

Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage will cater for com­mu­ni­ties in the greater Over­berg area in­clud­ing Her­manus, On­rus, Cale­don, Bar­ry­dale and Swellen­dam through to Hei­del­berg and Bredas­dorp.

An­nen­berg man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Dud­ley An­nen­berg, says the med­i­cal fa­cil­ity will open in Jan­uary, and will bring a com­pre­hen­sive range of cut­ting edge med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to this rapidly ex­pand­ing node.

The devel­op­ment is in De Goede Street close to the pro­vin­cial hos­pi­tal and Medi­clinic. It will in­clude the Her­manus Day Hos­pi­tal with 22 beds and three the­atres, as well as the Her­manus On­col­ogy Cen­tre, Spescare – a 20-bed sub-acute fa­cil­ity and Her­manus El­derly Care Place frail-care fa­cil­ity.

“The day hos­pi­tal con­cept has grown ex­po­nen­tially in the health sec­tor as it of­fers a cost­ef­fec­tive fa­cil­ity to per­form op­er­a­tions that don’t re­quire pa­tients to stay overnight,” says An­nen­berg.

Typ­i­cal op­er­a­tions that are per­formed at a day hos­pi­tal are gen­eral surgery, oph­thal­mol­ogy, gy­nae­col­ogy, urol­ogy, or­thopaedic, max­illo­fa­cial, plas­tic surgery, ear, nose and throat and den­tal.

Brian Evans, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Her­manus Day Hos­pi­tal, says the town has a large pop­u­la­tion that re­quires med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and tra­di­tion­ally many pa­tients have had to travel long dis­tances for cer­tain pro­ce­dures.

“Our day hos­pi­tal will be a doctor-driven fa­cil­ity and by invit­ing all the lo­cal doc­tors to par­tic­i­pate in this ven­ture, we will en­sure that we ac­quire the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to en­able us to pro­vide med­i­cal care of the high­est qual­ity.”

An­nen­berg says Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage has the po­ten­tial to be mar­keted over­seas as a med­i­cal sa­fari des­ti­na­tion.

“For ex­am­ple, at the cur­rent ex­change rate some­one from the UK could af­ford to fly to South Africa and have plas­tic surgery at Her­manus Day Hos­pi­tal for less than it will cost in their own coun­try.

“The Over­strand Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­sisted that we in­clude an on­col­ogy cen­tre, so Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage will also in­clude Her­manus On­col­ogy Cen­tre, headed by Dr John Du­miny, for­merly from Klerks­dorp Wilmed Park Hos­pi­tal, where he was head of the branch of Doc­tors Al­berts, Bouwer and Jor­daan Inc for the past 10 years.”

Says Du­miny: “Pre­vi­ously, peo­ple liv­ing in these ar­eas would need to travel to Cape

The per­ma­nent ac­com­mo­da­tion at Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage will cater for sin­gle res­i­dents as well as cou­ples

Town or Som­er­set West for on­col­ogy treat­ment, as the only other on­col­ogy fa­cil­ity in the re­gion is even fur­ther afield in Ge­orge on the Gar­den Route. In fact, our re­search has shown that a third of the pa­tients at Som­er­set West’s on­col­ogy cen­tre are from this re­gion.

“In Swellen­dam, at the prac­tice of Doc­tors Boshoff & Part­ners, we have ob­tained premises to start a pe­riph­eral out­reach clinic to ex­tend the ser­vices of Her­manus On­col­ogy Cen­tre to the com­mu­nity and all the sur­round­ing towns. This will in­clude ap­point­ments for newly di­ag­nosed cancer pa­tients as well as fol­low-ups. In this way we will have a fa­cil­ity where we bring a chemo­ther­apy ser­vice to the com­mu­nity in­stead of peo­ple hav­ing to drive long dis­tances to the near­est on­col­ogy cen­tre.”

Says An­nen­berg: “As an ad­di­tional ser­vice of­fered to on­col­ogy pa­tients, five rooms will pro­vide on-site ac­com­mo­da­tion should they wish to stay overnight in pri­vate suites.

“Sup­port­ing the day hos­pi­tal and on­col­ogy cen­tre as well as serv­ing the greater Over­strand area is Spescare, a 20bed sub-acute fa­cil­ity of­fer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive range of spe­cial­ist re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices fol­low­ing ac­ci­dents, ill­ness or in­jury re­sult­ing in phys­i­cal or cog­ni­tive dis­abil­i­ties. It pro­vides a ser­vice for those who re­quire spe­cial­ist med­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion by means of doc­tors, phys­io­ther­a­pists, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists, speech ther­a­pists, di­eti­cians, so­cial work­ers and case man­agers.”

All these dis­ci­plines will oc­cupy an en­tire wing of the med­i­cal vil­lage and the other wing will be oc­cu­pied by Her­manus El­derly Care Place, which of­fers a frail-care fa­cil­ity. It has 20 pri­vate en suite rooms and 17 dou­ble en suite rooms to rent, all with bal­conies or pa­tios, air-con­di­tion­ing, DStv and mon­i­tored with CCTV cam­eras. The fa­cil­ity will be man­aged by Medi­part­ners, a di­vi­sion of Spescare, and will in­clude a res­i­dents’ lounge/din­ing room open­ing on to a pa­tio.

Says An­nen­berg: “No­tably, there are very few ded­i­cated frail-care fa­cil­i­ties in the Western Cape, as gen­er­ally they are ‘add-ons’ to re­tire­ment de­vel­op­ments mainly to at­tract buy­ers. By of­fer­ing this op­tion on a rental ba­sis makes frail care more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble as and when re­quired.”

Spescare chief ex­ec­u­tive, Stan­ley Sny­man, says: “Per­ma­nent ac­com­mo­da­tion is of­fered in a pri­vate health es­tab­lish- ment, giv­ing res­i­dents the peace of mind that their care and well-be­ing is mon­i­tored by pro­fes­sional nurs­ing staff, and they also have ac­cess to a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team in­clud­ing doc­tors, nurses and sup­port staff.

“The per­ma­nent ac­com­mo­da­tion at Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage will cater for sin­gle res­i­dents as well as cou­ples with en suite liv­ing units.”

An­nen­berg Prop­erty Group has also de­vel­oped St Stephen’s Cure Day Hos­pi­tal, On­col­ogy Cen­tre and sub-acute fa­cil­ity in Skool Street in North­ern Paarl as well as the re­cently com­pleted Panorama Health­care Cen­tre in Plat­tek­loof.

Her­manus El­derly Care Place opens on Fe­bru­ary 1.

For de­tails, call An­nen­berg on 021 465 7780 or email dud­ley@an­nen­

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new Her­manus Med­i­cal Vil­lage, which is due to open in Fe­bru­ary.

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