ST DOMS UNVEILS NEW ONCOLOGY EQUIPMENT
CANCERCARE Border Oncology Centre launched their new state-of-the-art linear accelerator machine at St Dominics Hospital last week.
Equra Health officially unveiled the new machine after a fivemonth period of replacing the old linear accelerator.
The machine started treating cancer patients on June 25 and is now fully operational, treating about 35 patients a day.
CEO of Medical Specialist Holdings, Jacques Snyman said it was a great privilege to unveil the new investment.
“Our mission is quality access to oncology care, as well as affordability,” he said. Lead Radiation Therapist at Equra Health’s Radiation Unit, based at Border Oncology Centre, Michelle Martin said they aimed to treat 40 patients a day with the new machine.
“We treated five patients when we started, now the capacity has increased ever since,” she said.
CEO of Frere Hospital, Dr Rolene Wagner said there had been much debate over the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, and it was clear that medical practitioners were moving towards universal access.
“What has been exciting about the partnership between Frere and Equra Health is that it has proven that with common purpose, the state and private sector can actually work together,” she said.
FULLY OPERATIONAL: At the launch of Cancercare Border Oncology Centre’s new linear accelerator machine are, back row, Jacques Snyman, and, front left, Hanif Hamdulay, Michelle Martin, Verschka Frantz and Rolene Wagner