Gastroenterology

Our doctors talk about symptoms, diseases and treatment relating to the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

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Expertise

Understanding colonoscopy

Not sure what to expect when you go for a colonoscopy? A gastroenterologist explains everything you need to know. A colonoscopy is one of those health screenings you may have

Babies (up to 1 year)

Diarrhoea in children: when to worry

Stomach upsets can be anything from unpleasant to distressing – but when it’s your child experiencing diarrhoea or vomiting, it can have serious consequences.

Gastroenterology

What is a hernia? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Hernias happen for a variety of reasons. Are you next in line?

Cancer

The ins and outs of scopes: the 6 scopes you need to have this year

Better known as scopes, endoscopies are vital tools in preventing, detecting and treating numerous diseases and injuries.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Together – Brandon Grant

Today, Brandon Grant is 18 months old – a happy, smiling, bouncing little boy. But for his first nine months, he lived in intensive care, fighting for his life.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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Gastroenterology

Gut reaction: How gut health affects your wellness

It isn’t just about digestion. Scientists refer to your gut as your second brain because it affects your overall physical and mental wellness too.

Gastroenterology

Are your gut bacteria making you sick? [infographic]

Your gut bacteria play a role in more bodily functions than you might imagine. How do you know if your gut – or microbiome – is making you sick? And what makes your microbiome healthy?  

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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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Gastroenterology

3 Surprising ways you harmed your liver this summer

It’s not just excessive alcohol that can damage this vital organ. Lack of exercise, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and a poor diet can put you at risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Cape Epic

Less Germs – More Glory!

Over the upcoming eight days of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, the race’s reputation as one of the world’s most recognised extreme races will once again be put to the

Gastroenterology

Why is there an increased risk of food poisoning in summer?

Summer means sunny days and braais and picnics outdoors. But warmer days also bring an increased health risk posed by perishable foods that aren’t stored correctly.

Hepatis C
Gastroenterology

Could you have hepatitis C and not know it?

If you had a blood transfusion before 1990, got a tattoo while travelling or share nail scissors with someone who has hepatitis C virus (HCV), you might be at risk of severe liver damage.

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