Launch of the WCRC
The Karl Bremer and Conradie Hospital Rehabilitation Centres have been amalgamated into a single Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre (WCRC).
The WCRC is a specialised rehabilitation centre which handles referrals from all levels of rehabilitation services (tertiary, secondary, district and primary services). Clients can also refer themselves to the WCRC out-patient clinic for one-stop assessment and management purposes.
The WCRC's Mission satement:
The Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre is committed to the efficient and effective rehabilitation of persons with physical disabilities by:
- Providing innovative, high-intensity, outcome-based rehabilitation programmes within a safe and supportive environment
- Following an interdisciplinary team approach
- Having skilled and dedicated staff
- Empowering and building partnerships with the broader community
- Promoting research and training initiatives.
The WCRC's services
The WCRC provides specialised, high-intensity rehabilitation and community-reintegration programmes to people who have permanently disabling sequelae of injuries or diseases. It has a maximum capacity of 240 beds, and a daily OPD clinic. Key rehabilitation programmes include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Amputations (post amputation rehabilitation)
- Home or work site assessments
- Scoliosis clinic
- Specialised wheel chair seating clinics
- Shoulder, hand and urology clinics.
In terms of population needs, the WCRC will make provision for a total user population 485,950. This translates into one bed per 3,115 of the user population in the Western Cape.
The WCRC offers a unique research and training platform for a variety of health workers, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers etc, as well as non-professional health workers such as home-based carers.
Additional facilities at the at the new WCRC
The Lodge: For boarders or caregivers who are undergoing training, support, counselling; and for rural in-patients following completion of their rehabilitation programme
Sporting and related facilities: A Health and Well-Being centre with an indoor hydrotherapy area and adjoining indoor gymnasium, basketball court, wheelchair obstacle course, wheelchair time-trial course, fenshui meditation garden, and wheelchair repair workshop
Three large therapy areas, each with gymnasiums, counselling areas and ADL areas comprising kitchen, bathroom, dining room and bedroom
Daily Outpatient Department (OPD) for disability assessment, screening, pharmacy and radiology services
Specialist OPD clinics eg scoliosis; hand and shoulder; plastic surgery; amputation; specialised wheelchair/buggy seating
WCRC Nursing School offers Enrolled Nursing Auxiliary, Bridging from ENA to Staff Nurse and Bridging from Enrolled Nurse to Professional Nurse/Registered Nurse courses.
Postive spin-offs of the WCRC Project
- Disabled people were appointed to the engineering consulting team to ensure that the special needs of disabled consumers are met
- Design of the upgrading of Mandalay and Lentegeur Stations was awarded to an architectural firm run by a disabled person to ensure that universal accessibility standards were adhered to
- The infrastructure of the surrounding urban area was made disability friendly (pavements, pathways in parks, access to shopping centres), and traffic-calming measures were introduced to facilitate movement of and ensure the safety of disabled clients
- Public-service professionals showed a marked increase in awareness of the special needs of disabled people.
Wheelchair Basket Ball