New Horizons Clinic in Plettenberg Bay to get Facelift
At a community dialogue meeting in New Horizons in Plettenberg Bay earlier this week, the Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, announced that the health facility will undergo R4 million worth of structural changes.
The expected date of completion is by August 2014.
The work is the result of continued negotiations on behalf of the community after Minister Botha visited the site about a year ago. Minister Botha was shocked at the state of the clinic.
Minister Botha said: "The upgrade work includes the extension of the clinic to about double its current size and giving it a general facelift. The new clinic will have additional consultation rooms and a club room. The entrance will be adapted to accommodate patients that are mobility impaired.”
The advertisements for tenders closed last week, on 31 July 2013. Applications are now evaluated.
"The upgrade work should bring significant relief to our patients, and in particular our staff, who have worked in a very small building for some years now. Once the renovations are complete, I am sure that it will be an environment that will facilitate general wellness and a healing atmosphere. That is what a health facility should offer.”
The facility will have to close completely during the construction period to facilitate the speedy completion of the project. It will close from August to December 2013 and alternative arrangements are in place to assist patients during these five months.
Preventative services and family planning services will be offered at the community hall and from a mobile clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
On these days chronic medication patients can collect their medication at the community hall from 12:00 to 15:00.
For other health services, patients were asked to choose a clinic and they opted for Plettenberg Bay Clinic as it is closer than Kwanokuthula Community Day Centre and on their way to town. Patient folders will be available here to ensure continuity of service.
For patient enquiries, feel free to contact the primary health care manager, Melanie Marthinus, on 044 302 8436 or Sister Ziervogel on 044 501 5700.