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Report into rape allegations concluded by Department

15 June 2022

Recent media reports relating to allegations of sexual harassment and rape, made by a student at UCT and employee of The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellbeing have been thoroughly and independently investigated. Read More

Health Facilities update following heavy overnight rain in Western Cape

14 June 2022

Healthcare facilities have been affected by heavy rain and strong winds overnight in the province. Mop-up operations have since commenced at various facilities this morning, 14 June 2022, to ensure that services resume as soon as possible. Read More

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) respond to 5 670 incidents in the Western Cape

13 June 2022

The Western Cape Government Health and Wellness (WCGHW) Emergency Medical Services provided care to residents during 5 670 incidents in the province this weekend, which included 2 041 life-threatening conditions that required urgent treatment. Read More

Additional boosters for 50 years and older will provide additional protection

10 June 2022

From 6 June, persons 50 years and older are eligible for an additional Pfizer booster vaccine if they have received their last booster of either Pfizer or JnJ at least 120 days ago.    Read More

Red Cross Hospital New Trauma & Medical Emergency Units welcome first patients

10 June 2022

After months of anticipation, the newly upgraded and spacious Trauma and Medical Emergency Units at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital welcomed their first patients this week. Read More

Vacant shop becomes vaccination site at GrandWest ahead of school holidays

8 June 2022

A vacant coffee shop has been transformed into a vaccination site for the public at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital celebrates World Clubfoot Day

3 June 2022

World Clubfoot Day is commemorated on 3 June. Clubfoot is a treatable birth defect. Early detection and treatment are essential to prevent the child growing up with a disability. Children with untreated clubfoot cannot wear shoes or walk properly. Read More

Invest in your health – put down your cigarette

30 May 2022

It may seem trivial, but as soon as you put out your cigarette for good, you are a step closer to a healthier future. Read More

New dialysis clinic to improve kidney treatment in Vredenburg

18 May 2022

The official opening of a new dialysis clinic at Vredenburg Provincial Hospital today marks the beginning of a brighter healthcare future for renal patients in Vredenburg and surrounding communities. Read More

To protect yourself and your loved ones, get vaccinated

18 May 2022

For vaccines to keep communities safe and prevent vaccine-preventable diseases, they need to be taken up by a very large proportion of residents. There is much we as individuals can do to keep healthy and prevent transmission to others, as we... Read More

4 myths to take on “the Silent Killer”

16 May 2022

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is important as an elevated blood pressure can significantly increase your risks of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. Read More

New treatment offers hope for patients with devastating lung disease

16 May 2022

First time in South Africa that a minimally invasive surgical procedure successfully used balloons to dilate blocked arteries in the lungs. Procedure offers hope for patients with so-called “orphan disease” who generally have a very poor quality... Read More

Kangaroo Mother Care is an effective method of bonding and healing

14 May 2022

May 15th marks International Kangaroo Mother Care  (KMC) Awareness Day.  Kangaroo mother care (KMC) refers to the practice of providing continuous skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, exclusive breastmilk feeding, and early discharge from... Read More

Early booking assists in detecting problems that may occur in pregnancy

13 May 2022

This week we celebrated International Nurses Day and on 5 May we commemorated International Midwives Day. Midwives Day emphasises the very important role midwives play in a women’s pregnancy journey. Read More

Celebrate the contributions that nurses make to a healthy Western Cape

12 May 2022

As an ever-present force for good, 13 823 nurses employed by the Western Cape Government Health and Wellness (WCGHW) are at the core of enabling high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare for the residents in the Western Cape. Read More

Hero nurse embodies the spirit of the nursing profession ahead of Nurses Day

11 May 2022

On the eve of International Nurses Day celebrated on 12 May, the heroism of what the uniform means, going beyond the call of duty to save a life, was once again highlighted as Sr Diane Seale and her team managed to calm down a shooter and, in the... Read More

Lupus ‘warrior’ gives hope to those affected by this chronic, autoimmune disease

10 May 2022

‘Lupus might have my body, but it does not have me.’ These are the encouraging words of 25-year-old Tamryn Monique Swartz, a Human Resource Management student from Grabouw. Read More

School health services contribute to a healthy, thriving child

10 May 2022

To build a brighter and healthier community, health education and care start at a young age, and we encourage all communities to support the Department in educating and growing a thriving and healthy child.  Read More

Update by Western Cape Government Health and Wellness on fatal shooting tragedy

8 May 2022

Update by Western Cape Government Health and Wellness on fatal shooting tragedy at New Somerset Hospital.     It is with great sadness that we confirm the third death following the fatal shooting tragedy at the New Somerset Hospital yesterday... Read More

Western Cape Government Health and Wellness can confirm a fatal shooting tragedy

7 May 2022

Western Cape Government Health and Wellness can confirm a fatal shooting tragedy that has claimed two lives took place inside of New Somerset Hospital.     Read More