Kleinvlei Community Day Centre Gets R12.5 Million Upgrade
Following complaints about the long waiting times at the Kleinvlei Community Day Centre (CDC), the Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town have made a decision to make structural changes to the current building to provide for the larger number of patients.
The new extensions will be done in two phases at a total estimated cost of R12,5 million. The first phase comprises the extension of the pharmacy, and will start in January 2015. The second phase is the construction of the new women and child unit, as well as a larger sub-waiting area, additional consultation rooms and a store. The waiting area will also be upgraded with better signage, ventilation and improved natural lighting. Construction of the latter phase will start in July 2015 and should be complete by May 2016.
Additional parking space will be rented on the adjacent church site and in the street.
Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha, commented: “These improvements will ensure the facility remains operational and able to accommodate larger patient numbers for the next ten years”.
Patients will be kept informed of the extensions and if the construction should impact on the daily services of the health facility.
Minister Botha added: “The extension demonstrates the Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town's commitment to being responsive and meeting the health needs of communities. However, the service pressures experienced at Kleinvlei are similar to service pressures experienced by health facilities across the Province. It is critical that citizens also take responsibility for reducing the burden of disease in the Western Cape, which is placing major strain on our health system, by eating healthily, exercising regularly, practising safe sex and not abusing alcohol and drugs.”
At present Kleinvlei CDC provices comprehensive primary healthcare services to approximately 15 500 clients per month. The estimated population spread in the catchment area of Kleinvlei, Eerste River, Blackheath, Blue Downs, Kuils River, Wesbank, Silversands and Faure is 58 000.
Kleinvlei CDC refers patients to Eerste River Hospital, Stikland Psychiatric Hospital and Macassar Maternity Unit.
The patient statistics for June 2014 reflect the service pressures at this facility:
- Adult patients: 13 951
- Children under 5 years: 926
- Reproductive Health: 487
- Cervical Cancer screenings: 106
- Antenatal visits: 104
- Mental health clients: 291
- Oral health - Dental Head Count: 491 and Tooth Extractions: 720