05 Jun 2013
Pretoria - The new R1.4 billion Thelle Mogoerane Hospital is expected to open its doors to patients in a few months.
In an effort to ensure that the new Thelle Mogoerane Hospital is fully equipped when it opens, the Gauteng Department of Health said it was currently finalising the procurement and installing of medical equipment.
Giving an update on the construction progress of the hospital, Gauteng Health MEC, Hope Papo, reported on Tuesday that as at the end of April 2013, 121 951 pieces of equipment have been approved to be ordered. Of these, 83 055 have been processed, 1 638 have been delivered to the hospital and the department is still to order 37 258.
“The items that still need to be ordered are bio-medical, radiology equipment and furniture. Only one Bucky room for radiology will be transferred to the new hospital. We expect that all equipment will be in place when the hospital site is fully handed over to the department by the contractor,” said Papo.
Unless something unforeseen happens, Papo added, the department plans to open the hospital, which is under construction in Vosloorus, in September 2013.
“Due to the dolomitic conditions in Katlehong, a safer site was identified in Vosloorus, the estimated cost for equipment is R155 million,” Papo explained.
The new 771 bed hospital, which will replace the existing Thelle Mogoerane hospital, will also have a gateway clinic and a crèche.
The services to be offered at the new hospital include: Accident, Emergency and Trauma unit; Adult ICU and High Care; Paediatric ICU and High Care; Psychiatric ward, TB ward; Gynae and maternity services as well as a Burns unit.
Papo reiterated his call to members of the community to visit local clinics and be referred to hospitals when necessary to avoid overcrowding.
“The system of referral will allow the hospital to function better,” Papo said.