Healthy Life

From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Exercise

The secret to a healthier running life: consistency

Between work and family responsibilities, many people simply don’t have the time to exercise during the week. But sports specialists caution ‘weekend warriors’ about the value of consistency.

Exercise

Can you do anything about cramp?

This is why – and what you can – and can’t – do about it.

Exercise

Is there a right way to run?

If you’ve never run before, how do you get started? What is the right way – heel first, toe first? How do I find the right shoes? What is the right way to run?

Cape Town Marathon

The most common runner’s injuries – and how to avoid them

What are the most common running-related injuries? And – more importantly – how can you avoid them? We asked a Mediclinic sports doctor.

Healthy Life

Tracking the sterility journey

At Mediclinic, we put our patients first from day one – new Mediclinic hospitals are designed with infection prevention and control in mind, long before construction begins. Amy Blaine, Architectural

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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Healthy Life

What is antimicrobial stewardship?

Mediclinic takes a direct, team-led approach to fight the spread of drug-resistant organisms. This programme is known as antimicrobial stewardship. Andriette van Jaarsveld, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: Mediclinic SA. In the

Healthy Life

Wash these diseases away

Make sure your hand hygiene is up to scratch to prevent the spread of germs (like bacteria and viruses) that cause illness. Christine Smedley, Infection Prevention and Control Co-ordinator: Mediclinic

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
Gynaecology

Miracle Mom: Tansey Coetzee’s battle with endometriosis

Tansey Sodeinde is a seasoned model, dancer and beauty pageant titleholder The former Miss South Africa has also placed in the top-five at Miss World and within the Top-15 at Miss Universe.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Liquid gold: The benefits of breast milk

Breast milk is not just food for baby – it provides potent health-giving properties for mom, too. Dr Jonathan Buckley, a paediatric nephrologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, offers a closer look at

Gynaecology

Trailblazers: 3 female Mediclinic doctors making history

It’s true what they say: women rule the world. These three are offering expert care, helping patients and making history in their respective fields.   Dr Ncumisa Jilata Neurosurgeon, Mediclinic

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. Your digestive system, also known as

First Aid

FAQs: How to treat burns

If you burn yourself, Dr Philip Nel, general surgeon at Mediclinic Kloof, says it’s vital to ‘ensure that the environment is safe for you and the patient before attending to

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

Cardiology

How to promote good cholesterol (and lower the bad)

‘Cholesterol is a difficult subject,’ says Dr Karlien Bezuidenhout, a GP at Mediclinic Hoogland. ‘For instance, while high total cholesterol is often associated with obesity, some overweight people have low

Babies (up to 1 year)

Everything you need to know about vaccinations

Regular vaccinations play a crucial role in keeping your child infection-free. Dr Evan Shoul, an Infectious Disease specialist at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre Mediclinic, explains further. In the past,

Healthy Life

5 Blood disorders that aren’t haemophilia

Various blood disorders exist, such disorders affect different components of your blood. You may be aware of more common conditions like anaemia, haemophilia or leukaemia. Here, we look at some

Cardiology

How to prevent a heart attack – according to science

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) ranks as the number one cause of death worldwide. More specifically, coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks, affects South Africans at an alarming rate of

Cancer

Don’t ignore these unusual signs of potentially serious conditions

Fatty deposits around your eyes? Skin discolouration? Pale nails? Here are a few symptoms you should get checked out – even if they seem insignificant. Many symptoms have been linked

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