Saturday, May 07, 2016

WC dept says Tygerberg Hospital is not going to shut down

Nontando Mafanya 
07 May 2016

The Western Cape health department has said in a statement Claims of services "shutting down" at Tygerberg Hospital are untrue and only emergency orthopaedic surgeries are under pressure.

This is after a patient told reporters a clerk had said on Friday the hospital was unable to deal with an influx of new patients and would have to turn people away.

Spokesperson Darren Francis confirmed the government hospital was "facing a challenge" with emergency orthopaedic surgeries for this weekend and currently has more than 100 cases of which 25 were emergency cases.

Francis said the situation was being managed by using extra capacity across its health system.

"Other orthopaedic emergency cases will be shared with Groote Schuur Hospital and other hospitals with an orthopaedic unit until the current emergency orthopaedic case load is worked away.



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