Hospital of Hope

Western Capes Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo receiving donations from Wendy Van Rensburg of Shoprite, consisting of 250 micro fleece blankets and 250 care packages to help Covid-19 patients in need at quarantine and isolation facilities.

Hospital of Hope at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has seen 615 patients admitted since it was opened on Friday June 5 by President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

The field hospital set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has a bed capacity of 862.  

In Premier Alan Winde’s digicon yesterday, Thursday July 2, Western Cape Health Department head Dr Keith Cloete said 338 patients have been discharged and 28 people have died. The highest numbers are in the age group of 50 to 69 years. 

On Monday, the Western Cape’s Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo visited the CTICC to receive donations from Shoprite for the patients at Hospital of Hope,

“The temporary hospital hasn’t been used to full capacity,” said Dr Mbombo. 

A new field hospital will be opening at Brackengate next week to accommodate the east side of the metro. 

“So when it comes to the hospital beds we are covered but we don’t know in terms of where the epidemic is coming,” she said. 

The R44 million Brackengate field hospital has 338 beds with 308 staff including 250 medical personnel, said Mr Winde in his digicon.