The Port Shepstone Regional Hospital says that ‘its all systems go for the repair of sections of Port Shepstone Hospital damaged by fire’.
Public Relations Officer, Phumza Morai said that the plans to repair sections of Port Shepstone Hospital which were damaged by a fire have now reached an advanced stage, following the recent signing of the project brief, decanting plan and the relevant administrative documents.
The signing of these documents effectively paves the way for the commencement of the revamping of the Acute Medical ward, Medical Out-Patients Department and Eye Clinic which were burnt during a fire last year.
“The fire affected the South wing building of the hospital and also caused damage to expensive equipment. This brought strain to the hospital’s ability to serve its catchment area of 775 271 people and necessitated the implementation of a contingency plan to help management deal with the situation. There was increased pressure on the hospital mainly due to the refusal by stable patients (or those with minor ailments) to be referred to neighbouring district hospitals,” she added.
Had they not refused, it would have ensured that regional hospital beds are available to critically ill and unstable patients. However, the process was managed well by hospital management and all clinicians involved. To ensure that the renovation process goes off with minimal inconvenience to all. The poster will be put up at strategic points in the hospital to inform patients and visitors about the decanting plan.