Events

This section tells you about the endurance events Mediclinic supports with world-class medical care.

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Cape Epic

A century of care – nurses to be proud of

The Mediclinic events team have reached their Epic century as they start the 2018 event. The team, consisting of doctors, nurses, logistic staff and pathology together have served on 100

Cape Epic

Hand hygiene should be an Epic focus during the drought

Completed over eight grueling days, the Absa Cape Epic is undoubtedly one of the world’s most recognised extreme races. With 650 teams participating, Mediclinic has taken into consideration the growing requirements for water in a resource stressed environment as well as the health threat this poses to riders.

Cape Epic

Riders give insight to aid Epic preparations

As the official medical service provider for the Absa Cape Epic and many other world-class events, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops provides insight as to why riders are being asked for a full race history before key events.

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Public Private Initiative at Mediclinic Vergelegen and Strand

It’s Saturday morning and in the sunny, newly built paediatric ward at Mediclinic Vergelegen, there is a tangible feeling of apprehension and excitement. Today, 10 public health patients (five from Red Cross Children’s Hospital patients and five from Groote Schuur) are about to undergo long-awaited eardrum repair surgery at Mediclinic Vergelegen and Mediclinic Strand.

CSI

Working together to help people hear better

There was an atmosphere of calm anticipation and friendly efficiency at the newly-refurbished Mediclinic Vergelegen and nearby Mediclinic Strand hospitals on Saturday. Five children from Red Cross Children’s Hospital as well as five adults from Groote Schuur Hospital were there to have life-changing eardrum repair (tympanoplasty) surgery.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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Events

A runner with a big heart

In the beginning of September 2017, Lesego Sepeng ran an average of 35km a day between six Mediclinic hospitals to raise awareness of heart disease in South Africa. This is his story.

Emergency

A crash course in cycling accidents

There are three main culprits that may cause you and your bike to involuntarily part ways: hitting something, losing control, and speed. An orthopaedic surgeon explores what to do to limit injury in a cycling accident.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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Cape Epic

Elmar Sprink – a rider with heart

Elmar Sprink is an amazing example of how the human body can face anything – when it is provided the necessary training and support. As a heart transplant recipient Elmar spent months waiting for a heart to become available, and when he was given the opportunity for a new lease on life, he grabbed it with both hands.

Cape Epic

Mediclinic race support: ABSA Cape Epic Prologue

This year saw 1300 riders in the starting blocks of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Of those riders only 47 were medically treated for a number of different injuries.

Cape Epic

Medical support at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic

Mediclinic’s fully equipped race hospital and events team is on hand to offer medical support throughout the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Here are some of the stats:

Cape Epic

2017 Absa Cape Epic by the numbers

The 2017 Absa Cape Epic in numbers, including stages, climbing and distance covered.

Events

‘The Mediclinic event team is the reason I’m still alive’

As Sean Hanekom approached the end of Stage 3 of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, he felt a sharp pain on his arm. It was a bee sting, which for most riders would have been no more than a minor irritation. For Sean, however, it was something far more serious.

Cycle Tour

First Cape Town Cycle Tour checklist

Like someone once said, it’s not about the bike. (Not entirely, at least!) When you’re prepping for your first Cape Town Cycle Tour, you’ll have a long list of things to consider – from training to nutrition. Here’s your pre-race checklist.

Cycle Tour

Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

As the official medical service provider for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Mediclinic has expanded the health screening questionnaire that forms part of the race registration process. Race doctor Jann Killops answers questions about the questionnaire and explains what the information is used for.

Events

Mediclinic remains SA’s favourite healthcare brand

Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa recently announced the Top 50 Most Valued brands in South Africa and Mediclinic has once again been named as the top healthcare services provider.

Cape Town Marathon

Should you train when you’re sick?

If you’re not feeling well, should you continue to train or exercise? Many amateur athletes will be asking this question in the coming months, so we got answers from a Mediclinic GP.

Events

The 2016 Absa Cape Epic

This year 1 200 cyclists are taking on the 2016 Absa Cape Epic, where they’ll cover 652km in eight days over gruelling terrain. Tomorrow the prologue stage kicks off at

Events

How to beat cramps

For athletes – and cyclists especially – muscle cramps can be the bane of your existence. Here are a few tricks and tips to reduce the risk of having your muscles seize up on you.

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