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Patient Stories

Your easy guide to checking out

Your hospital stay is over and you’re ready to check out and head home. Before you leave, though, here’s what you need to do to ensure a smooth check-out.

Orthopaedics

Of life and limb

José de Barros Viana Orthotics and Prosthetics can be found at Mediclinic Cape Gate, where he helps patients such as double amputee ten-pin bowler Winston Balada (pictured above).

Patient Stories

Good day!

To answer the growing need for same-day surgery, Mediclinic has introduced day clinics into its range of services

Oncology

Back to work during/after chemo

Starting work again after chemotherapy or while undergoing it needn’t be a mental obstacle course. Here’s how you can cope – or help a colleague in this situation.

Patient Stories

Da vinci surgery: the surgeon’s perspective

The new da Vinci Si HD robotic system is already being hailed as the future of urological surgery. Dr Gawie Bruwer and Dr Pierre van Vollenhoven talk us through system, as they experience from a surgeon’s point of view.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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Emergency

In safe hands: how the triage process works

The triage process starts with a question to the patient or their parent/carer: ‘What is the reason for you coming to the Emergency Centre?’ This is followed by gathering info about the patient’s medical and travel history, as these can often influence or lead to the problem presented.

Patient Stories

A mutual benefit

Mediclinic’s newest facility, Midstream at Centurion in Gauteng, is at the forefront of hi-tech healthcare, courtesy of its specialised ICT programme.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Patient Stories

Your hospital discharge checklist

As nice as the nurses are, and as good as the food tastes, most patients will agree: the best part about going to hospital is leaving to go home. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you’re discharged safely and smoothly.

Patient Stories

Preparing for surgery

Going to hospital for any kind of surgical procedure can be an intimidating experience… but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these easy steps to take the worry out of your surgery.

Patient Stories

Mediclinic opens new day clinics

Last week Mediclinic Southern Africa announced the rollout of the new Mediclinic Day Clinic strategy, which offers Mediclinic’s customary excellent private hospital care in a more streamlined and cost competitive format, without compromise to quality care. The rollout of Mediclinic Day Clinics (about two clinics per year over the next five years) will ensure greater access to the new streamlined service across the Mediclinic Southern Africa footprint.

Expert Articles

20 years of care – wherever!

It all started with the provision of medical assistance during the then Cape Argus Pick n Pay cycle race in 1996. Today the clinical support of Mediclinic’s Corporate Events department plays a critical role in the success of major public gatherings across the country.

Patient Stories

How to overcome disability

It’s any able-bodied person’s worst nightmare: losing a limb, receiving a prosthetic in its place, and being bound to a wheelchair. So what does it take to overcome a physical disability like that? Paralympic wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane shares her winning formula.

Events

Mediclinic Midstream is eco for Earth Hour

Here’s how Mediclinic Midstream, currently one of the most eco-friendly hospitals in South Africa, does their bit for the environment every day…

Babies

When to take your child to the emergency centre

It’s natural to panic when your child falls on their head but when is it actually necessary to go to the emergency room? Dr Stephan Reid, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Potchefstroom identifies warning signs exhibited by babies, toddlers and teenagers.

Patient Stories

Mediclinic Midstream – a new hospital

Here’s a look at the latest addition to the Mediclinic family: Mediclinic Midstream in the heart of Centurion.

Magazine

Mediclinic Midstream

While great care has been taken to keep the patient’s journey top of mind, the team at Mediclinic Midstream also knows that providing cutting-edge total healthcare can take its toll on the environment – therefore they built this new hospital to address those needs.

Patient Stories

So you’re a paraplegic. Now what?

‘I don’t need to prove anything to myself, but it’s nice to prove it to other people,’ says Mathys Roets about being in a wheelchair.

Expert Articles

Super-sized success story

Selwyn Smith lost an impressive 140kg – here’s how he did it.

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