District Six hospital set to open

The Robbie Nurock day hospital in Buitenkant Street will be closed on Friday February 23.

Two of Cape Town’s oldest community healthcare centres, the Woodstock and Robbie Nurock day hospitals will officially close tomorrow, Friday February 23 at noon, to be replaced by the new District Six day hospital in Caledon Street.

The first patients will receive health care at the new facility on Monday February 26.

Services will be offered to a population of
70 000 from Woodstock, Salt River, Vredehoek, Bo-Kaap, the City Bowl, and other surrounding areas, as well as people commuting into the CBD.

The District Six day hospital will operate by appointment from 7.30am to 4pm, from Monday to Friday, but staff will attend to non-appointment clients as well.

However, people are encouraged to make an appointment if they want to be seen by a clinician.

All those who were given appointments for 2018 must access services at the new facility. All appointments given to people for off-site chronic collection will remain the same.

Services that are currently being offered at Robbie Nurock and Woodstock facilities will be offered at the new District Six day hospital.

These services are for women’s health, which includes family planning, antenatal care and termination of pregnancy; integrated chronic disease management which will include a large antiretroviral service of over 5 000 clients; minor surgical procedures, including circumcision; dietetics; chronic medicine collection; orthopedic nursing outreach; wound care; dermatology and pharmacy services.

Services will be offered in a staggered approach for child health and oral health.

TB services will be introduced to new patients in April, and X-rays will be operational on Wednesday February 28. Patients will be directed to either the Vanguard or Dunoon hospitals or the New Somerset Hospital for X-rays during the transition period.

All relevant patient information and folders from both Robbie Nurock and Woodstock day hospitals will be transferred to the District Six facility.

Staff can be contacted at the new hospital from Monday February 26 at 021 833 5400 for more information.