Events

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

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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.

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

Be prepared on the 2017 Absa Cape Epic

The much-anticipated Absa Cape Epic kicks off at Meerendal Wine Estate. Here’s how riders can make sure they’re prepared for any hiccups along their adrenaline-fuelled eight-day ride:

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #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
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
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.

Events

7 fixes for common cycling pain

If you’re training for a big bicycling event – next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour – there’s a good chance you’ll suffer some aches and pains along the way. The bad news is those pains are an inevitable part of training. The good news is most of them can be fixed with a few simple adjustments.

Emergency

En route and online

Mediclinic has been the medical sponsor of the Cape Town Cycle Tour since 1995 and this year we’re on hand again at regular points along the route for help and

Cycle Tour

Protecting you on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

With a field of 35 000 riders, the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour is the largest timed cycle race in the world. Thanks to Mediclinic’s comprehensive medical service, it’s also the safest.

Cape Town Marathon

20 years of care – wherever!

It all started with the provision of medical assistance during the then Cape Argus Pick n Pay cycle race in 1996. Today the clinical support of Mediclinic’s Corporate Events department plays a critical role in the success of major public gatherings across the country.

Events

Mediclinic Midstream is eco for Earth Hour

Here’s how Mediclinic Midstream, currently one of the most eco-friendly hospitals in South Africa, does their bit for the environment every day…

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