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Ophthalmic service on the road again

9 November 2021

Ophthalmic eye surgeon for the region, Dr. Nicolaas Stempels and his team have been hard at work servicing those who need cataract eye surgery as well as other ophthalmic procedures. Read More

World Radiography Day: What You Need to Know

8 November 2021

World Radiography Day marks the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays on 8 November 1895. According to the International Society of Radiographers and Radiologic Technologists, on this day in 1895, Professor Roentgen was working with cathode rays... Read More

How our department compares to the province – let’s talk vaccination coverage

5 November 2021

The risk of being hospitalised or dying from COVID-19 is real – our data has shown this throughout the pandemic. If you are 50 years and older, you are at higher risk. People over the age of 50 are at increased risk of COVID-19. Read More

Pop-up sites makes vaccination against COVID-19 easily accessible

3 November 2021

Pop-up sites makes vaccination against COVID-19 easily accessible in Mitchells Plain and Klipfontein Read More

Doctors ask residents to get vaccinated on voting day

31 October 2021

Vaccination available at many local election voting stations – let’s do this  Read More

Breast cancer survivor nurse makes a difference

29 October 2021

October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer, and to help uplift women in need as Nurse Raldia Jackson, a 49-year-old nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital, who was diagnosed with breast... Read More

EMS attacks: Paramedics appeal to communities for support

28 October 2021

In commemoration of National Emergency Medical Services Day (17 October), communities are presented with a felicitous opportunity to share special thanks and gratitude to all EMS officials who have been and continue to serve on the frontline and... Read More

Don't ignore the signs, you’re never too young to have a stroke

27 October 2021

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it’s much more prevalent in youth than we think, says Dr Basson De Vries, the head of internal medicine at Karl Bremer Hospital.  Read More

Public Notice: Phone Lines and Emails affected at Groote Schuur Hospital

27 October 2021

27 October 2021: Due to fire damage, Groote Schuur Hospital’s phone lines and emails are intermittent. Residents might experience difficulty in reaching the hospital. Waiting times at the hospital are also affected and might be longer than usual. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital leads the way in treating tumors

26 October 2021

Groote Schuur Hospital is taking the lead again by being the first state hospital in the Western Cape to perform the Microwave Ablation (MWA) on patients. Read More

Saving our summer is quick and as easy as one, two, three!

26 October 2021

This past week saw the introduction of the 12- to 17-year-old age band to the vaccination programme. While welcoming this move, we know people older than 50 years still need to be protected from being hospitalised and dying from COVID-19. Read More

World Polio Day - vaccines work

25 October 2021

Immunisations has shown time and again its effectiveness at combating preventative disease. Many serious illnesses such as polio have almost completely been eradicated due to childhood vaccinations. Read More

All aboard! Golden arrow workers arm themselves against Covid-19

25 October 2021

Golden Arrow workers, including bus drivers, queued for their free vaccinations at their Arrowgate Depot in Montana, on Monday 25 October 2021. Read More

Paramedics respond to 4 549 incidents during the weekend

25 October 2021

The Western Cape Government Health's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to 4 549 incidents in the Western Cape over the weekend, including 168 road traffic incidents. Read More

Amended hospital visitation guidelines for Level 1

19 October 2021

During the third wave and level 3 restrictions, Western Cape Government Health had to restrict visitation at hospitals to align with regulations and to reduce the number of people in our facilities at a time. Read More

EMS’ mobile Vaxi Taxi: Taking vaccines to communities

18 October 2021

In its continued efforts to support the province with its COVID-19 vaccination drive and serve communities, the Western Cape Government Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have launched a mobile vaccination project named, Vaxi Taxi. Read More

Snake season is here: What you need to know

15 October 2021

October to April is snakebite season, and as temperatures increase, snakes become more active. Most snakes found in South Africa are harmless and beneficial in the ecosystem. Read More

Kraaifontein community gets dedicated vaccination centre

15 October 2021

The Kraaifontein community can now access vaccination services at the local day hospital at no cost. Read More

Robotic surgery on the horizon at Groote Schuur Hospital

13 October 2021

Groote Schuur Hospital will become the first public sector hospital in Africa to perform Robotic Surgery for use in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Read More

Health care workers suffering mental health strain – “We need your help!”

12 October 2021

“I literally cried on my way home – to work, I cried… People would die in front of you then you must just be okay. And then the next person comes in that same bed, but you haven’t even mourned that previous patient yet. It was scary. It was beyond... Read More