Services

2013
(Department of Health, Western Cape Government)
George Hospital

 

George Hospital provides a wide range of services to the public. These services are grouped into departments.

Clinical Departments

  • Surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Orthopedics and orthopedic aftercare
  • Psychiatry (only short term admissions)
  • Psychology
  • Oncology, radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • Urology
  • Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Maxillo-facial surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics and neonatology
  • Forensic medicine

Radiology:

The radiology team consists of:

  • Radiologist: Reports the CT scans, mammograms, fluoroscopy and general x-rays.
  • Medical Officer and Ultrasonographer: Perform and reports all ultrasound cases.
  • Pacs administrators: Manage digital imaging.
  • Radiographers: Radiography service.

The radiology department provides the following digital radiological services:

  • CT scan: One Computer Tomography (CT) room where several specialised studies referred from oncology, surgery, trauma, neurology, urology, ENT and other departments in the hospital are performed here.
  • Ultrasound: Several diagnostic ultrasound machines are available: Doppler, abdominal, DVT, genecology, scrotum, pediatric brain and kidneys are just a few of the areas studied daily.
  • General X-rays: Three general x-ray rooms with computer radiography systems are available to provide digital imaging for orthopaedics, surgery, trauma, oncology, paediatrics and other departments.
  • Theatre Screening: Two C-arms are used in the operating theatres for orthopaedic and surgical assistance, fracture management and stent placement screening are some examples of daily activities.
  • Mammography: There is one mammography room, which is used in the diagnosis of breast cancer, pre-operative mastectomies and oncology patient follow ups.
  • Fluoroscopy: There is one fluoroscopy room, where various barium and contrasted studies are referred from surgical and urology departments.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists use scientific meaningful activities to assist clients with a range of problems to maximise their functioning. This gives them a sense of independence, dignity and quality of life.

Occupational therapy services at George Hospital are rendered in the following areas:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Internal medicine

Specialist clinics are rendered in the following areas (in collaboration with relevant team members):

  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Seating

Please visit us at the rehabilitation department, on the first floor, George Hospital. The unit can be contacted at 044 802 4389.

Other clinical services

  • Pacemaker testing:

All patients need to be tested regularly to make sure their pacemakers are still working.

  • Renal unit and dialysis:

The unit caters for all patients with renal failure. Some will receive haemodialysis and others peritoneal dialysis. Unfortunately not all patients qualify for dialysis. We aim to arrange renal transplants for all patients on the programme.

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dietetics

The hospital aims to provide optimal nutritional care to patients. Inpatient services include the calculation of tube-feeds, supplementation, baby feeds etc. Outpatients are managed through individual consultations. During these consultations patients are taught the appropriate diets for different diseases. Consultations are arranged on appointment and only through referral from a doctor.

Social services:

The main purpose of this department is to ensure that all inpatients, after discharge from the hospital, are safe and completely looked after. To achieve this, there is a very close working relationship with the community. This also applies to outpatients. A wide variety of problems are managed, including child abuse and neglect, teenage pregnancies, marital problems and the arrangement of pauper burials. This service is also available to staff members.

Other services include:

  • X-rays, including CT scans and ultrasound
  • Pharmacy
  • Stomatherapy and counseling
  • Specialised wound care

 

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The content on this page was last updated on 8 April 2016