Pretoria – Newly refurbished theatres have been opened at the Leratong Hospital in the West Rand and patients will no longer have to be transferred to other hospitals for operations.
The theatres, which were temporarily out of action, have been fitted with new air-conditioning systems and the floor vinyl sheeting in two theatres has been replaced. Ceramic tiles were also installed on three scrubbing rooms in order to ensure compliance with the theatre quality standards.
In addition, a new uninterrupted power supply was installed as a contingency for power outages.
Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson, Simon Zwane, said that a catch up plan had been put in place to attend to the backlog of non-emergency operations that resulted during the temporary closure of the theatres.
“The surgical and orthopedic units will use two theatre lists simultaneously instead of one until the backlogs are cleared,” Zwane said.
He highlighted that the refurbished theatres will also be of assistance to patients of Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital, which is smaller facility.
The department assured the public of its commitment to improve service delivery in all health districts and improve the availability of equipment and medical staff. – SAnews.gov.za