Sun, 12 Jul 2020

The Netcare Sunward Park Hospital in Boksburg has closed its theatres and diverted ambulance emergencies after some staff members tested positive for Covid-19. Staff will only return if they test negativeThis is yet another Netcare facility which has seen an outbreak of Covid-19, with two others suffering similar problems in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Netcare Sunward Park Hospital in Boksburg has closed its theatres and diverted ambulance emergencies after some staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

The hospital's general manager, Dr Zecharai Esterhuizen, said the tracking and tracing of everybody who came in contact with them was underway. High-risk nursing support staff and doctors will be monitored and placed in self-isolation for 14 days as a precaution.

All individuals who work at the East Rand health facility, who tested positive for Covid-19, will be re-tested once their quarantine period is finished.

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They can only go back to work if their results are negative.

Netcare has a special ultraviolet disinfection robot to help destroy viruses, bacteria and fungal spores during the deep-cleaning and disinfection process.

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"The theatre complex has nevertheless been closed for seven days as an additional precautionary measure," said Esterhuizen.

The hospital has made special arrangements to take care of walk-in patients for emergency procedures during this time.

In March, it said it had spent R150 million to ready itself to treat Covid-19 patients, but it has been slammed by virus itself, with St Augustine's and Kingsway facilities in KwaZulu-Natal among the first to be hit by the highly virulent pathogen.

Four people died during a Covid-19 outbreak at St Augustine's and 47 staff members tested positive, while 10 staff members at Kingsway in Amanzimtoti tested positive.

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In addition, its latest results show that day-to-day visits to general practitioners also fell by approximately 50% of what they were before the lockdown.

Fin24 reported more specialist healthcare needs like mental and dental health visits and admissions suffered declines of above 60%.

It is also among the private hospitals which agreed to assist the government by treating public Covid-19 patients on a not-for profit basis and will only seek to recover costs on a case-by-case basis.

Mediclinic was also hit by the virus, with 26 people testing positive at Mediclinic Cape Town in Oranjezicht, the company confirmed on Monday.

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