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By Zinhle Mapumulo | May 18, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

RED Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town needs your help.

RED Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town needs your help.

The facility is appealing for any donation towards upgrading the specialist surgical ward (D1) which handles about 180 admissions a month. The renovations are expected to cost about R10million.

The hospital was built in 1956 and has not been upgraded since. Staff are still using the same old equipment that was used 50 years ago and this affects provision of quality medical care.

"Hospital staff strive to provide the best possible medical, surgical and nursing care with the shortest hospitalisation possible. To achieve this effectively and efficiently ward D1 urgently requires an upgrade," the hospital said in a statement.

The surgical ward caters for patients who are critically ill to stable, with ages ranging from newborn to early teens. Children are admitted to ward D1 in significant numbers before and after their procedures, which include primarily orthopaedic, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, cardiothoracic, plastics, cardiac and hand surgery.

"The nature of the patient load, type and activity in D1 further emphasises the fact that an upgrade is critical. In addition the ward plays a significant role in providing the best training and teaching across all categories of staff and families and plays an active role in research and rehabilitation," the hospital said.

"Upgrading ward D1 would align it with other wards in the hospital that have already been upgraded and move a step closer to the ultimate goal of upgrading all the inpatient wards at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. The building and renovation of ward D1 will cost about R10million."

The hospital is the only dedicated paediatric specialist hospital in sub-Saharan Africa. Treating about 250000 children each year, it is the one-stop shop for excellence in child health and treatment on the continent.

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