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Shot in the arm for GF Jooste

by Tammy Petersen
23 Sep 2008
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

MATERNITY, gynaecology and paediatric services are on the cards for GF Jooste Hospital in Manenberg in a bid to expand on services currently provided at the government hospital.

The hospital's new facility, which will be focused on after hospitals currently being built in Mitchell's Plain and Khayelitsha have been completed, will be completed within the next five years.

The need for the facilities was spoken of by national Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang yesterday (Monday) during her performance appraisal at the hospital, which aimed to indicate how individual hospitals and health care facilities have performed.

The national appraisal process was launched in April this year to improve service delivery, and focused on core standards within health facilities, such as safety, clinical care, infrastructure and environment and public access to care.

An audit questionnaire was issued to hospital management to measure how facilities are performing against the criteria.

GF Jooste Hospital received mixed reviews with regard to the core standards. In terms of the safe handling and storage of medicines, corporate governance (resource control), the condition of the facility, community involvement, and disaster or outbreak preparedness and response, the hospital performed "above standard", according to the analysis compiled by the department.

However, the hospital was found lacking in patient safety, quality improvement, communication and public relations, the upholding of patients' rights, accessibility to information on services and processes, and hospital information and health desk satisfaction.

According to the minister, special attention will also be given to improve the preventative measures set within facilities to prevent the transmission of infections. Tshabalala-Msimang said this has become a "prime concern", and the appraisal showed "a need for some improvement", but she said the department is "quite happy" with the performance of the facilities despite the challenges they face.

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