The story behind 30 years of Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt
Posted on 20 May 2019
Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt is established and well recognised as a top quality medical facility in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town. The hospital is also proud of the pleasing modern appearance following the completion of upgrades to the facilities and equipment in the hospital.
These upgrades are part of Mediclinic Southern Africa’s commitment to ensuring the best quality of care available in our hospitals as well as encouraging the best possible patient experience within our facilities. Not only was the Emergency Centre enlarged to add additional capacity for triaging patients on arrival but the doctors’ block was upgraded together with the restaurant area to promote a positive all-round experience.
“This family centred facility has grown from strength to strength,” says Hospital General Manager, Theresa Wilson, “and through the years we have developed strong relationships with clients, doctors and other service providers and it is so pleasing to see the results of these relationships.”
Theresa also believes that it is the team’s expertise, attitude and inherent capacity to care that differentiates Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt hospital from its competitors. “The loyalty and dedication of our staff over the last 30 years has really been a credit to our facility, and we value each and every one of them.”
The milestone of 30 years of excellence in care is something special for each staff member at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt, and we would like to thank each patient and family member that has supported and contributed to our success.
Here are some quick facts about what makes Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt so unique:
- Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt was one of the first private hospitals in the Western Cape
- In October 1971, a project was completed including 4 theatres, a maternity unit with 19 beds as well as 78 general and surgical beds and 10 outpatient beds.
- In May 1973 a decision was made to name the medical centre “Louis Leipoldt Medical Centre” to avoid confusion around Tygerberg Hospital.
- In 1983, work began on a new hospital that was built alongside the Medical Centre and in February 1986 the hospital was officially opened.
- In June 1989, Mediclinic purchased the hospital from Sanlam.
- The hospital is now a multidisciplinary hospital with 186 beds and 7 theatres and was the first private hospital in South African to be accredited by the South African Health Council (adhering to international standards for delivering care)
- The hospital is named after Dr CF Louis Leipoldt, a paediatrician, food expert as well as a poet and writer. A statue of Christiaan Frederik Louis Leipoldt is visible in the entrance to the hospital.
- Since 1997, the hospital began a tradition of raising a pink or blue flag outside the hospital indicating that a new baby has arrived in the facility. This tradition continues.
- Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt was the first to implement a pneumatic tube system to transport stock from the pharmacy to the different units.
- Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt admits, on average, about 18 000 patients each year
- The hospital has the pleasure of welcoming about 1500 babies into the world each year through their maternity ward. In the last 30 years, about 30 000 babies have been born in the hospital.
- Approximately 320 staff members are employed to deliver expert care and service within the hospital
- Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt is ISO 14001 certified, meaning the hospital adheres to international standards in managing environmental aspects of the hospital.