Refurbished trauma unit opened in NW

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pretoria - The Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg has opened its newly revitalized Accident and Emergency Trauma Unit to help improve service delivery in the province.

The unit is fully equipped with modern health care technology worth R30 million. It includes electronic and hydraulic resuscitation, gynaecology beds, complex patient monitors, a digital x-ray machine and electronic access control doors.

The refurbished unit is part of ongoing revitalization projects in Bojanala Platinum District health facilities in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, intended to improve emergency and clinical service delivery, particularly at trauma units.

"The hospital must be capacitated to cater for both the 2010 emergencies and the normal health care services to the people of the district.

"While we prepare for 2010, we are also obliged by our country's health policy not to comprise health care service delivery to the general public in the district," said North West Health MEC Onewang Kasienyane on Friday.

Prior to the revitalisation, the hospital's initial casualty unit was handling around 300 motor vehicle accident victims per month and 100 pedestrian vehicle accidents.

The new revitalised unit is designed to handle and manage mass casualties and increased demand of services.