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News and Speeches for Secondary, Tertiary and Emergency Care

National Burns Awareness Week: How to help those Living with Burns

5 May 2016

In South Africa, burns are the third most common cause of accidental deaths amongst children under 14 years, exceeded only by motor vehicle accidents and drowning. Read More

Easter Bunny makes special visit to Red Cross Children’s Hospital

24 March 2016

With Easter just around the corner, young patients at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital received an egg-stra special treat when the Easter Bunny arrived a few days early to make a special visit to the hospital on 24 March 2016.  Read More

Christmas comes early to Red Cross Children’s Hospital

17 December 2015

Christmas came early to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital when Father Christmas took time out from his busy schedule to visit the hospital on 17 December 2015 to spread some festive cheer during their annual Christmas Parade.  Read More

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Celebrates Day of Remembrance

11 November 2015

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital honoured it's founders at the annual Day of Remembrance Celebration on 11 November 2015, held to commemorate the World War II servicemen and veterans who donated two days of their pay towards what was to... Read More

Upgraded and Expanded Intensive Care Unit to provide Life-saving Treatment

21 October 2015

With a dire shortage of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in South Africa, a R100 million-plus expansion and upgrade of the Paediatric ICU (PICU) at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will significantly improve intensive care... Read More

Weekend Surgeries set for Fifth Successful Run to Alleviate Surgery Waiting List

23 September 2015

The Weekend Waiting List Initiative has been running as an annual project since 2011. The Initiative was established to address the protracted waiting list by adding an additional day of surgeries (Saturday) to the hospital’s operating schedule. Read More


11 September 2015

The Radiation Department at Tygerberg Hospital provides radiotherapy services to an ever increasing number of cancer patients from the surrounding communities and rural areas in the Western Cape. Read More

National Oral Health Month: Tooth Fairies pay extra attention to Dental Health

11 September 2015

September is National Oral Health Month, a time to pay extra attention to your dental routine, particularly as two of the world’s most common health problems affect the mouth – cavities and gum disease. Read More

State-of-the-art Medical Imaging Department opened at Red Cross

20 August 2015

Thousands of Africa’s littlest patients will receive world-class Radiology and Nuclear Medicine treatment following the unveiling of a multi-million rand Medical Imaging Department at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town on... Read More

Local Nurse Receives President’s Nursing Award

12 August 2015

Sister Jane Booth, Paediatric Nursing Specialist at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, was recently awarded the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa’s President’s Nursing Award, the highest accolade awarded by the Society, in... Read More

Red Cross Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

5 August 2015

Representatives from Hospital Management and the multi-disciplinary Breastfeeding-is-Best (BIB) team at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital celebrated World Breastfeeding Week by visiting the inpatient wards and presenting each breastfeeding... Read More

Metropolitan Refurbished Hospital Common Room for Nurses Day

12 May 2015

Metropolitan, one of South Africa’s leading financial services and healthcare companies, refurbished the nurses’ common room at Tygerberg Hospital as a thank you to nurses. It was unveiled to hospital staff on 12 May 2015 in honour of International... Read More

National Burns Awareness Week: Be Prepared for an Emergency

6 May 2015

Burn injuries happen in seconds, but can change a person’s life forever. It is one of the most common and devastating forms of trauma and have the potential to cause death, lifelong scarring, disfigurement and dysfunction – often resulting in... Read More

Donation helps Speech Therapist transform Children’s Lives

5 May 2015

Being able to communicate effectively is essential to a child’s success. Poor communication skills can have a serious and detrimental effect on people’s lives. To minimise the damage, therapy should begin as soon as possible.  Read More

Red Cross unveils new 80-Bed Parents’ Accommodation Facility

23 April 2015

An upgraded and newly expanded facility was launched on 23 April 2015 at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The accommodation facility caters for parents from the rest of South Africa and the continent who need to keep a 24/7 vigil over... Read More

Delegates from across Africa share Best Practices at Nursing Conference

21 April 2015

The Building Children’s Nursing for Africa conference will bring together nursing teams and experts from across South Africa and Africa to explore local, research-based solutions that will help improve quality and best practices in paediatric... Read More

Groundbreaking Homecare Programme Recognised as Health Innovation

20 April 2015

The simple act of breathing is difficult or impossible for some children. Read More

Easter Comes Early to Red Cross Children’s Hospital

2 April 2015

The Easter Bunny took time out from his very busy schedule ahead of Easter to hop in for a special stop at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on 2 April 2015 during the hospital’s annual Easter parade. Read More

Laser-assisted Surgical Procedure a First for Neurosurgery

25 March 2015

Seventeen-month old Masslino Franke from Manenberg was born prematurely on 27 August 2013 and suffered extensive bleeding in his brain.  Read More

Practical Skills Workshop Empowers Medical Practitioners

13 March 2015

A Practical Skills Workshop on Peritoneal Dialysis was hosted at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital at its Surgical Skills Training Centre on 12 March 2015 (World Kidney Day). Read More