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Groote Schuur Hospital performs first Cornea Surgery in South Africa

5 May 2022

On Tuesday (3 May 2022), another groundbreaking medical procedure was performed by surgeons of Groote Schuur Hospital – this time, the first ever corneal neurotisation procedure by a hospital in South Africa, paving the way for many patients to... Read More

Boost your immune system before flu season

4 May 2022

A healthy lifestyle has many benefits and can help your immune system to fight infections like flu. Influenza, or flu, affects millions of people every year. While most people recover easily, others can become seriously ill. Read More

Health is everybody's business

30 April 2022

On Friday, 29 April 2022, Western Cape Government Health and Wellness hosted its first External Health Indaba with stakeholder representation from the private sector, statutory bodies, universities, civil society, political parties, and other... Read More

Vaccination against COVID-19 still our best defence, now with increases in cases

28 April 2022

Vaccination against COVID-19 remains our best defence, especially if your immune system is compromised, as we are seeing increases in cases.  Read More

A long life for all – vaccines save lives

24 April 2022

Vaccines are one of the most powerful tools we have in our health arsenal for preventable disease. Read More

Celebrating World Book Day – important to read and tell stories to your children

23 April 2022

CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY – importance of reading and telling stories to your child EVEN WHEN DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS ARE EXPERIENCED    Read More

Health facilities kept busy over Easter weekend, but not overrun

19 April 2022

The recently concluded Easter Weekend once again posed a range of challenges to our health system. Our staff and health facilities once had to bear the brunt of avoidable additional trauma cases.  Read More

The bleeding disorder – it’s treatable

14 April 2022

On 17 April 2022 we celebrate World Haemophilia Day, where we raise awareness of this blood disorder.  Read More

Community Health Workers helping people with TB to return to care

12 April 2022

Since the decrease in COVID-19 cases, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have been actively searching for people who have contracted tuberculosis (TB) and who are no longer accessing healthcare facilities for their monthly check-ups or maintaining... Read More

Gloudina Flynn says life does not need to stop after Parkinson’s diagnosis

11 April 2022

In 2015 at the age of 60, Cosmetic Manager, Gloudina Flynn, started dropping cosmetic items and perfumes and found it difficult to keep her hands steady while offering assistance to and performing makeovers on clients. Read More

Be smart, be safe and make the right choice this Easter

8 April 2022

As we move towards Easter, it is important to carry on with the life-saving behaviour we have adopted over the last two years to ensure that we prevent COVID-9 infections, hospitalisation and death as much as possible. Read More

Make your health a top priority

7 April 2022

World Health Day commemorated on 7 April 2022 highlights the importance of the role both government and residents play in their health journey and in improving health outcomes for a #HealthierTomorrow. Read More

Best Doctor of the Year: Cape doctor wins Silver at National Awards

30 March 2022

Running a hospital can be challenging, but what happens when you manage a hospital during a pandemic? Like many healthcare leaders, Dr Barry Smith showed unwavering dedication to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. Read More

World Bipolar Day – Bipolar Disorder can be managed with treatment

30 March 2022

World Bipolar Day is commemorated on 30 March 2022 and aims to raise awareness about this condition, address stigmatisation, and encourage people to seek help for mental health conditions. Read More

Closure of Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope Drive-through

28 March 2022

The closure of the Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope Drive-through on Saturday 26 March 2022 brought mixed emotions of joy, sadness, and nostalgia to the Provincial Health team who managed the first drive-through vaccination service in the province... Read More

EMS officials continue to serve communities with zeal

25 March 2022

During the past week (14 – 21 March 2022), dedicated EMS officials responded to 12 851 incidents across the Western Cape. A total of 7 901 incidents (out of the weekly total) were responded to during the past weekend, including Human Rights Day. Read More

Provincial Strategy for Mental Health

22 March 2022

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all health care services, including mental health services. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of mental admissions, particularly female mental health care users and adolescents.  Read More

Treatment is available for rheumatoid arthritis

22 March 2022

March is National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month and Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape provides patient-centered care for more than 4 000 persons with various forms of arthritis and connective tissue diseases every year in the Division of... Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital opens Adolescent Centre of Excellence

16 March 2022

On 16 March 2022, Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) officially opened its Adolescent Centre of Excellence to serve young people, between the ages of 13 and 18, in the Western Cape. Read More

Diarrhoea vs Enteric (Thypoid) Fever

15 March 2022

Enteric or typhoid fever has recently been in the spotlight with a perceived increase in cases although there are annually cases diagnosed. Read More

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