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Last patients discharged from Hospital of Hope

19 August 2020

The Hospital of Hope (at the CTICC), which has been open since 8 June 2020, has discharged and transferred its last patients on 14 August.     Read More

Overberg doctor Jacques Du Toit takes initiative with farm outreaches

18 August 2020

This week’s Rural Coronavirus Hero is from the Overberg district. Dr Jacques du Toit is the medical manager for Swellendam and Cape Agulhas subdistricts. Dr du Toit and his team have experienced increased pressure in all facilities due to the... Read More

Cancer survivor on covid-19 frontline at Red Cross Children’s Hospital

18 August 2020

In January this year, Dr Kirstin Riley was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. A few months later, she was on the frontline of the COVID-19 battle. Read More

Catching up on the most urgent essential health services without risking patient

17 August 2020

While the health service platform must remain geared to deal with COVID-19 pandemic (including a possible second wave of infections), the Department of Health wants to scale up essential health services in a balanced manner.    Read More

Tygerberg Hospital physiotherapy Covid-19 team

17 August 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus heroes amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, the Physiotherapy COVID-19 Team (Alison Pieterse, Liezel Arendse & Leana Louw), provides an essential service to the public during these challenging times. Read More

I didn’t think I will get the virus” – young people share their Covid-19 journey

14 August 2020

Thinking that COVID-19 only affects the elderly became a huge eye-opener for two young adults, Leah Jacobs (21) from Grassy Park and Keegen Carollus (22) from Belhar. Read More

Rural hero - surviving Covid-19 to serve the people of the cape winelands

14 August 2020

When the 40-year-old Mr Dumalisile September and his family contracted COVID-19, he focused on only one thing – surviving the virus so that he can return to work to take care of his family and serve the people of the Cape Winelands during the... Read More

EMS paramedic discharged from Tygerberg Hospital after 23 days in ICU

14 August 2020

On 11 August 2020, Nolusindiso Dayile, a paramedic from Khayelitsha, was successfully discharged from Tygerberg Hospital after 44 days, of which 23 days were spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Read More

Red Dot taxi service provides more than 47 000 trips to help healthcare workers

13 August 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Cape Health Department’s priority has been to protect its staff from infection in order to have a health workforce to save the lives of the vulnerable. Read More

Groote Schuur Hospital Appreciation Wednesday heroes: GSH wellness team

12 August 2020

The wellness team, made up of 18 volunteers from the occupational therapy, support services, and social work departments, is today’s Groote Schuur Hospital Appreciation Wednesday heroes. Read More

Garden Route patients survived because they sought immediate medical care

12 August 2020

Thembeka Marema (44) from Kwanonqaba Mossel Bay, is a COVID-19 survivor who spent 19 days in the COVID-19 ward at Mossel Bay Hospital. She was discharged on 28 July 2020. Read More

Tygerberg Hospital hero amongst us – Gertrude Swartz

11 August 2020

This week’s nominated coronavirus hero amongst us at Tygerberg Hospital, Gertrude Swartz, provides an essential service to the public during these challenging times. Read More

Rural Hero - Arlene Visser from George Hospital

11 August 2020

It is not always easy to give recognition to those who deserve it. “I don’t really like this sort of thing,” says Arlene Visser, our Rural Hero for this week. However, Arlene has gone above and beyond the call of duty during the pandemic. Read More

Phenomenal community health worker goes extra mile to serve her TB patients

8 August 2020

This Women’s Month we share the story of the phenomenal Katrina Jacobs (42). Katrina lives in Heinz Park and works as a Community Health Worker (CHW) for a Western Cape Government Health contracted non-profit organisation called Arisen Women in... Read More

Care workers face more than just COVID-19

7 August 2020

Community healthcare workers play a significant role in bringing healthcare services to communities across the Western Cape. They are assigned to a specific area within a community and go from door-to-door to ensure they reach as many people in... Read More

Khayelitsha Thusong Centre (Field Hospital) admits its last patients today

7 August 2020

As part of the Western Cape health response plan for the COVID-19 pandemic peak of transmission, three Intermediate Care Facilities were opened, with another one scheduled for opening on 12 August in the Cape Winelands (Sonstraal Hospital).    Read More

Heroes in Rural Health: Volunteer nurse Charis Davey at Paarl Hospital

6 August 2020

Sr Charis Davey, who volunteered at Paarl Hospital, is one of our Rural Coronavirus Heroes. Read More

Handover of R10 Million ward for care of Covid-19 patients in Mitchell Plain

6 August 2020

Humanitarian aid organisation Gift of the Givers (GOTG) has donated R10 million towards renovating and equipping an entire ward of Mitchells Plain Hospital which will be used to treat COVID-19 patients. Read More