SOUTH AFRICA– Nearly 6 000 patients are waiting to undergo surgical operations in two Gauteng hospitals.
Gauteng health spokeswoman Kwara Kekana said, to date, Charlotte Maxeke and Dr George Mukhari academic hospitals had 1 850 and 4 097 patients, respectively, waiting to undergo different surgical procedures.
Kekana said in a bid to reduce long waiting times for surgical procedures at the two hospitals, the department was continuing with its strategy of redirecting such procedures to district hospitals.
“There are dedicated satellite centres of excellence that have been developed for specific procedures. The benefit of this arrangement is that specialist surgeons that are seconded from the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital work at the cluster institutions to transfer skills to the medical officers working in district hospitals,” Kekana said.
She said Dr George Mukhari hospital also employed a cluster approach, whereby less critical operations were referred to cluster hospitals, namely Brits, Jubilee and Odi. Those operations are done on a weekly and monthly basis.
“The Charlotte Maxeke hospital’s pharmacy, one of the busiest in Gauteng, also has measures in place to manage patient waiting times. These include a numbering system that has been put in place,” Kekana said.
The Gauteng Health department that non-emergency surgery for some patients had to be rescheduled at Charlotte Maxeke hospital due to a shortage of medical supplies.