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EMS encourages residents to help prevent hiking and burn injuries this winter

22 May 2023

This weekend, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to three separate hiking incidents in which older people slipped and injured themselves, with a 75-year-old man tragically losing his life. Read More

Brackengate is alleviating pressure from hospitals in the area

19 May 2023

On Friday May 19th Minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo visited Brackengate Transitional Read More

Karl Bremer Hospital receives Gold Status in stroke care initiative

16 May 2023

Karl Bremer Hospital has achieved Gold Status in the 2023 World Stroke Organisation (WSO) Angels Awards. The hospital is the first in the Western Cape to receive Gold Status. Read More

Investing in our Nurses’ future, to ensure ongoing quality health care provision

11 May 2023

Investing in our Nurses’ future, to ensure continued quality health care provision   Read More

WCGHW has to freeze 2362 posts if public sector wage agreement goes unfunded

11 May 2023

Provincial Department of Health and Wellness (WCGHW) will have to freeze 2 362 posts if public sector wage agreement goes unfunded   Read More

Western Cape looks forward to launch of Presidential Health Compact in Sept 2023

7 May 2023

The second Presidential Health Summit ended on Friday and on behalf of the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness, we look forward to the Presidency launching the 2023 Presidential Health Compact. Read More

South Africa's oldest hospital to receive new APU, upgraded theatres and more

26 April 2023

With almost R150 million of infrastructure projects currently in progress, Minister Nomafrench Mbombo had an opportunity to inspect the construction of the new Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU) at the New Somerset Hospital, as well as the upgrades being... Read More

Vaccination gives every child the chance at a healthy life

25 April 2023

Too many children in the Western Cape are being left without protection against measles and other preventable diseases. As a result, the risk of large outbreaks has increased. Read More

Keeping the lights on for you, so we can keep on looking after your health

23 April 2023

April marked a significant milestone for the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness as it commenced with its plans to safeguard healthcare facilities against continuous and increasingly severe electricity blackouts. Read More

Construction of Eerste River APU in full swing and making good progress

21 April 2023

With mental health and the wellness of our communities being a priority for the Department of Health and Wellness, I was pleased with the progress being made with the construction of the Eerste River Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU). Read More

Increase in medical and trauma incidents this Easter weekend

12 April 2023

Providing effective emergency care both in-and-out of hospital medical care to residents was again a high priority for the health workers in the province this past long weekend.    Emergency Medical Services Read More

Easter weekend calls for individual responsibility to keep everyone safe

6 April 2023

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness encourages residents to play their part in doing whatever they can this Easter weekend to keep themselves, the people they care about, and all road users safe. Read More

A budget of resilience and action, despite funding pressures

30 March 2023

Yesterday, Minister Nomafrench Mbombo tabled her 9th budget for the Department of Health and Wellness of R23.804 billion for the 2023/24 financial year. This is a decrease of R289.766 million in comparison to the previous year. Read More

Protect your children by keeping measles immunisations up to date

29 March 2023

Parents of scholars under 15 years of age are reminded that they have until this coming Friday (31 March) to help ensure that their unvaccinated children are protected against measles. Read More

Final Vote 6 Speech - Dr Nomafrench Mbombo - 2023

29 March 2023

Vote 6 Speech – Budget 2023/24 Dr Nomafrench Mbombo Minister of Health of Wellness Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Cape Town 29 March 2023   PART 1: Read More

Non-emergency patient transport makes comprehensive health care possible

27 March 2023

As an essential part of the emergency ambulance service in the Western Cape, HealthNET (Health Non-Emergency Transport) has made 41 097 passenger trips in the first three months of the year. Read More

Western Cape strengthens efforts to improve TB control in the province

24 March 2023

Through its multi-sectoral response plan to reduce the spread of Tuberculosis (TB), the Western Cape is making progress to prevent TB infection, link TB positive patients to treatment quicker and save lives. Read More

Local doctor raking in awards

19 March 2023

Dr Hayden Poulter, a family physician at Knysna Hospital has been awarded the 2022 Tim Quan Medal as well as the GA Ogubanjo Award of Excellence by die Senate of the College of Medicine South Africa (CMSA) at the CMSA admissions ceremony on 16 March... Read More

Western Cape reaches half a million measles vaccines administered

19 March 2023

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles. And when enough children 6 months to 15 years of age get vaccinated against measles, the more we can stop future outbreaks. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital puts a spotlight on World Glaucoma Week

17 March 2023

With this year’s World Glaucoma Week theme in mind, ‘The world is bright, save your sight’, Tygerberg Hospital would like to raise awareness about glaucoma. Read More