_: Tambo Memorial hospital in Boksburg has purchased new equipment to improve the standard of services it offers to the public. This emerged during a visit to the hospital by the Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo today.
The X-ray equipment was replaced with a new unit worth R16 million and old equipment such as anaesthetic machines, ventilators, and data scopes were replaced.
The hospital also purchased new advanced equipment such gastroscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy and portable ultra sound machines.
Tambo Memorial hospital now has six fully equipped theatres enabling the hospital to conduct 842 surgical operations per month. To minimise disruptions during power outages, the hospital has six generators which are tested on a weekly basis.
MEC Papo undertook to support the hospital in efforts to improve infrastructure. The external renovation of the corridors, passages and stairways as well as nurses and doctors residences have been identified as some of the areas that need attention.
The hospital is feeling the burden of violence and trauma with more than 4 000 patients admitted last year as a direct result of accidents and emergencies.
Interventions have also been made to improve cleanliness and staff attitudes. A total of 30 cleaners were employed recently. They conduct “spring cleaning” once a month and ensure continuous cleaning of high traffic areas such as theatres, labour ward, accident and emergency unit as well as the outpatient departments.
To address negative staff attitudes, the hospital is providing in-service training and customer care workshops to staff and undertakes progressive disciple against staff attitudes identified as displaying unacceptable attitude towards patients and other service users.
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