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GJ Crookes Finance department scooped position number one in the Hospital’s Quality Day celebration on the 5th of December 2012.  The department was amongst ten departments who competed for top position during a presentation of Quality Improvement Plans (QIP).  The departments showcased graphical and numerical evidence of improvements of their varied projects from January till November this year.   

The hospital’s Finance department received top position for improvements on a QIP aimed at progressing with paying suppliers within 30 days; before they started the QIP the department had a huge backlog of overdue payments and they are now in a place where they deal with current payments.  Runners up were the Theatre department who received second position and the Reception department who received third position.  All QIPs were measured using the SMART Specific Measurable Achievable Reliable and with a Timeframe guideline. 

With absenteeism rates observed to be increasing during the past year, Management decided to do a survey and project on non-absenteeism from January this year.  The Female Surgical Ward received recognition for a Nursing department with less absenteeism rate in the whole hospital.  

Other departments were recognized for the following:

-  Female Medical Ward for department complimented the most by the public

-  Eight departments were recognized as most compliant with waste management, an essential component of any health institution.

-  Eight departments (four clinical and four non-clinical) were awarded for consistently maintaining infection control and prevention standards throughout the year

-  Staff members who have been in the Public Service for more than 20 years were recognized for long service; including a special award for Rosemary Weldon who has been in the hospital for 43 years.   

Dr Pria Pundit, a guest speaker from an NGO called Broadreach emphasized that quality should be measured and action plans followed.  Lots of quality improvement projects in a hospital setting must be implemented and monitored.  Without good quality, nothing good can come out of life. Board members Rev. CMK Dlamini and Mr FJ Lemmer were amongst the guests at the function.


Front Row (from left): Ms Slindile Nguse - Finance Manager;       From Left: Wellington Msani, Raoul Weldon,              Role play on the importance of waste segregation
Mrs Rose Weldon - Senior Finance Management Officer;              Rosemary Weldon, Basil Pillay and Nontobeko
Mrs Sibongile Nyawo - Chief Executive Officer                                   Ndlovu

Back Row (from left): Board members Mr Fred Lemmer and
Rev. CMK Dlamini


On Friday 14 December 2012, The Siyanakekela Crisis Centre at GJ Crookes Hospital hosted an early  Christmas party for children who are victims of sexual abuse and who have received help at GJ Crookes Hospital.  The main purpose of this event was to promote emotional support to the disadvantaged children and their parents/guardians; also to inform them about the continuous support provided by the Crisis Centre. This programme was launched last year, by Sr Dudu Ndlovu who is no longer with the hospital. 

The department attends to a lot of cases on child abuse and neglect.  A total of 248 victims of sexual abuse, 95 of them kids under 12 years of age were attended to in the year 2011.   This year alone the number increased to 277 people, 107 of them were kids under 12.

These are alarming figures and an embarrassing reality of what vulnerable people, especially children are facing in our society.  Most cases go unreported for various reasons which might include the victim’s fear of the perpetrator, fear of family rejection and doubt and fear of stigma from society as a whole.  

GJ Crookes Management has made improvements to Siyanakekela crisis centre’s staffing levels.  Fortunately, they now have a 24hr Dr who is available just for the department, meaning victims and families do not have to wait extra and long time for medical assistance while Drs are busy in other departments; there is also a full time Social Worker and two professional nurses, who are all dedicated to the Crisis Centre.  Rising numbers of child abuse, limited support groups and victims not coming to hospital for follow-ups is hindering the success of the department to render help.  Thuli Sibiya from Bobbi Bear advised the attendants to report every case immediately to the hospital and a police station because all offenders belong in prisons and not in the communities.  

During the event, the children received brand new school shoes as a sign that education is the key to success and there is still hope for a brighter future; toys, food, refreshments, diaries, chairs, etc.

Amongst major sponsors for the event were, Atlanta Spur, Mom’s Unite, The Golf and Game Safari, Khulu Soap and Lotion, Church of Living Rivers, GJ Crookes Pharmacy department, Woolworths, Mr Price Red Cap Foundation and The Lions Club.  “We thank all of our sponsors and donors from the bottom of our hearts; this event would have not been successful if it wasn’t for you; you have no idea how happy the children were on the day.”  Said Sr Vicky Skhosana, from Siyanakekela Crisis Centre


Vicky Sikhosana and Zandile Ngcobo from GJ Crookes Crisis Centre,              Gift recipients with Vick Sikhosana                 Younger gift recipients
standing with some of the event's main sponsors who are:

FROM LEFT: Nivashne Naidoo, Woolworths; Nigel Govender , Woolworths;
Janet Simpkins,  Moms Unite; Tommy Atkins, Atlanta Spur and Pastor Les


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