Out-Patients DepartmentThis is the busiest department in the
hospital. All patients are seen in a general OPD. There are no
special clinics. We receive referrals from 8 local clinics and GP's as
well as emergencies. A wide spectrum of pathology is seen, including a
moderate amount of trauma. Our emergency room is well equipped with
defibrillator and emergency trolley. Minor procedures can also be
The majority of our patients are indigent. Medical aid patients are charged medical aid rates. We provide a lot of district surgeon services including assessments for disability grants (DGs) There are no specialists in the hospital. Patients requiring specialist services are referred to Edendale, Grey's and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospital or booked for the Flying Doctors.
Open 07h30 to 16h00 Monday to Friday. There is a limited after-hours service. The doctor on call is responsible for calling out laboratory staff for urgent investigations.
Elective theatre cases are done in theatre during the week by the medical officer who is on 2nd call. We have 2 operating theatres with new Boyle's machine (Drager Fabius), capnograph and bear-hugger. Minor surgical procedures performed include I&Ds, debridements, circumcisions, evacuation of uterus, reduction of closed fractures, amputations etc. C/S and T/Ls done.
ARV Clinic The clinic which opened in September 2004 is open daily 07h30 to 16h30. Patients are referred with their CD4 results after being screened by the clinics and medical officers. There are currently more than 150 patients on treatment.
Flying Doctor serviceThe Red Cross Flying Doctors visit twice a month with a paediatrician, optometrist, orthopaedic MO, psychologist and physician. Patients referred to any of the specialists must have a referral letter and be booked with Mr Cele in male ward (ext 207)
Information for Community Service Officers There are 4 posts for Community Service Doctors. Accommodation is provided in single flats at the hospital.
Rehabilitation ServicesA community service speech therapist and audiologist visits the hospital once a week. Support and mentorship is sometimes provided by volunteers flown by the Red Cross.
Dental Services We have a full-time dentist who is based at Ixopo Health Centre, 4kms from the hospital. He also sees patients on Wednesday at St. Apollinaris hospital
Psychiatric clinic A psychiatric trained nurse runs a psychiatric clinic at Ixopo Health Centre. The Midlands complex no longer supports the clinic with a psychiatrist.
Psychology and Councelling Services Psychologists from Pietermaritzburg visit once a month to provide councelling to children. Another psychologist visits once a month to see adult patients. Psychologists from the Midlands complex visit Ixopo Health Centre once a month to see referred psychiatric patients. Currently PGSES assessments are not being done.
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