Private Hospital Planned

doctor+hospitalProvincial government has received an application for a private hospital to serve Noordhoek and Fish Hoek.

The proposed hospital would have 20 adult medical beds, 26 adult surgical beds, 12 obstetrics beds, 10 cribs, an adult intensive care unit (ICU), a neonatal ICU, four adult high-care beds, eight paediatric high-care beds, one isolation ICU, three major theatres, two delivery rooms and an emergency unit.

While some residents support the new hospital, others believe more affordable healthcare options are needed in the South Peninsula.

Mary Turok of the Fish Hoek Valley Older Person’s Forum says there are already a number of homes and frail care facilities and services for “better-off older people”.

“But we are desperate for these in the large, poorer communities. A new hospital should be affordable and accessible to them,” she says.

Residents have in general voiced support for a private hospital, says Noordhoek Ratepayers’ spokesperson Lynn Brown, especially with new housing developments catering for more “upmarket” residents.

“Private hospitals are too far to reach in an emergency and traffic congestion now makes that risk even higher. However, the support is dependent on the site. The only appropriate site is on the vacant land next to the current government-run False Bay Hospital. In this way a public-private partnership could be developed where the developers of the private hospital improve the facilities of False Bay Hospital,” she says.

Dr Bridget Farham, a Noordhoek resident, agrees: “The most sensible and sustainable approach would be for a private hospital to be part of a public-private partnership with False Bay Hospital. This would provide a more sustainable community facility, but would obviously not make as much money for the hospital group or the specialists concerned,” she says. She believes a large number of people in the area would not be able to afford a private facility and residents would need to be sure that the presence of a private hospital would not have an impact on the funding of False Bay public clinics and hospitals.

She also says any private hospital would likely be subject to more than local planning and zoning requirements.

“With the National Health Insurance imminent I understand that private practitioners and hospitals require a certificate of need before they can practise or open,” she explains

Original Source: News24

5 thoughts on “Private Hospital Planned

  1. Dennis Cook says:

    Whilst there may be an undoubted need for affordable health care, these are two separate issues.. A private hospital is a commercial , business venture and should thus not be drawn into the socio- economic issues of the State. Our valley needs a health care facility such as this as other private hospitals are too far away.

  2. Rick Bing says:

    Many years ago we identified a site that we thought would be perfect for a hospital. at the same time it would rejuvenate Fish Hoek CBD. contact me by email or call 021-7826111.
    Rick Bing
    Chairman:Fish Hoek City Imp District

  3. Nisan Bloch says:

    I don’t think its needed. However, there is a dire need for low cost or public health care servicing Masi, Ocean View, parts of Sunndale and Fishoek.

    So if it is to be passed it should be done on the condition that the developers fund a public hospital. Private Hospitals make enough profit to support a public / low cost wing or sister hospital.

  4. Yvonne Francis says:

    I think it a good idea to have a private hospital in partnership with False Bay Hospital and on their premises.

  5. Lets not discourage the building of a private facility. The closest private hospital to Fishoek would be the new Melomed in Tokai http://www.melomed.co.za/tokai.asp.
    It is important for the project to benefit both private and public communities so a partnership would make sense. I would love to be involved. I live in Muizenberg.

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