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First Aid

‘I’ve never questioned my decision to help those in need’

Dr Melanie Erasmus is a Mediclinic Emergency Centre GP and virtual consultant who helps addicts on the road to recovery. She shares how medicine is part of her DNA.

Emergency

‘It’s about more than just making someone feel better’

Mediclinic Professional Nurse, Keren Schwartz says her profession gives her a deep sense of purpose.

Emergency

The nurse who is afraid of injections

Thokozile Mkhize was studying to be a nurse when she collapsed while watching the sisters insert a drip. Now, she regards her fear of needles as her nursing superpower.

Emergency

‘Seeing people in great need made me destined to be a nurse’

Mediclinic auxiliary nurse, Lindiwe Ndwanyana Anthony, explains why her profession is a calling – and when she knew she was destined to be a nurse.

Emergency

‘Nursing is in my genes’

Mediclinic Professional Nurse, Karen Briton, says you have to love what you’re doing if you’re a nurse.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
    #MediclinicFacts
Emergency

‘Growing up in hospitals taught me a love for medicine’

Robin Axelson, a Professional Nurse at a Mediclinic Emergency Centre in the Western Cape, says the small everyday miracles, such as the look of relief when a patient feels better, makes her see her job as part of her destiny.

Emergency

‘How could I help if I wasn’t a nurse?’

Hilary De Ronde, a nurse in the Mediclinic Constantiaberg Emergency Centre (EC), believes she can’t do without the pace and action of her work environment. But what first got her into nursing was an overwhelming urge to help people, and a desire to have a career that her daughter could be proud of.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
Magazine

Skip straight to dessert

All the best fruits are made in autumn. Apples and pears, berries and plums … these seasonal desserts are filled with flavour.

Magazine

Can a genetic defect cause your immune system to malfunction?

Suffering from unexplained chronic infections? A Specialist Rheumatologist explains that defective genes can disrupt a person’s immune system causing them to be prone to chronic and serious infections. The goods news? There’s already an array of effective treatment options.

Magazine

The big 5 cancers in men

The best way to minimise your cancer risk is also the easiest: get proactive. Start here.

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Healthy Life

Hand washing: what’s the fuss?

Studies have shown that proper hand washing can prevent one in three diarrheal-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. While it’s never nice to get sick, in rare cases, complications from infectious diseases can also make one severely ill or result in hospitalisation.

Healthy Life

Destined to be a doctor [Video]

From an early age, Natalie brought home stray animals and nursed them back to health. Her parents say she was destined to be a doctor. Dr Natalie Hobbs, Emergency Centre Head at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains why helping people in their darkest hour is not just a job for her.

Asthma
Healthy Life

Asthma vs allergies: what’s the difference?

Asthma is estimated to affect 20% of South African schoolchildren and up to 10% of adults. With allergies reportedly on the rise, it is important to understand the link between asthma and allergies.

Healthy Life

Asthma: activities that increase your child’s risk for asthma attacks

Asthma is the third leading cause of the hospitalisation of children in South Africa, today. But many children who are affected lead a completely normal life, provided their asthma is correctly diagnosed, treated and controlled.

Healthy Life

‘I am destined to be an Emergency Medicine Specialist’

Mediclinic Vergelegen emergency doctor Laurica Bailey explains why her profession is a vocation – and how she knew it was always what she wanted to be.

Magazine

Hand hygiene: 5 things dirtier than your toilet seat

Germs and bacteria lie in wait in some unexpected places. Here’s how to find and eliminate them before they sneak up on you with our tips on effective general and hand hygiene.

Baby Neave: youngest person in Africa to receive cochlear implant
Babies

Baby Neave: youngest in Africa to receive cochlear implant

Neave Barrett was born deaf. Today she is a talking, singing, bouncing, hearing toddler.

Healthy Life

Do we need endless clinical codes when we get sick?

Each time you are informed that a hospital admission is on the cards, you are provided with endless clinical codes relating to your admission. But what do they actually mean?

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