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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Emergency

How to have a safe summer in the sun {infographic}

Summer in South Africa means spending time outside. But with lots of sun, extreme temperatures and exploring unfamiliar places comes risk. We look at how everyday preventative measures can help

Emergency

Stay safe on the roads this holiday season {infographic}

We look at how simple safety measures can make a big difference, and keep you safe on the road this holiday season.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Ensure safety in the home this summer {infographic}

The majority of childhood accidents occur in a familiar place. As these ER24 paramedics explain, kids are particularly at risk of burn injuries caused by household fires.

Children (1 to 12 years)

Safety in the water {infographic}

Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death in South Africa. We look at why, highlight some dangers that come with holidays spent at the beach or in the pool,

Emergency

How Knowing CPR Can Help Save A Life

Learn a skill that could save someone’s life. Earlier this year, a 56-year-old man collapsed at his workplace in Parow Industria. When ER24 paramedics arrived at the factory, they found

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
    #MediclinicFacts
Emergency

Hidden Summer Dangers

Experts explain how to keep your children safe while they enjoy the festive season. Summer activities are often the highlight of the family calendar – think poolside braais, trips to

Emergency

How Alcohol Harms Your Health

It’s not just a hangover. Heavy drinking over the holidays can wreak havoc on your body and brain. For many, the festive season is the perfect time to overindulge in

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • 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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #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
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
Emergency

Yes, You Can Be Too Hot

Anyone spending time outdoors in summer expects to get hot. But seemingly insignificant symptoms could mean you’re struggling to regulate your body’s temperature – with potentially serious consequences. “Heat illness

Diabetes

Hidden dangers: Know the warning signs of diabetes {Infographic}

The warning signs for Type 2 diabetes can be so mild that you don’t notice them. People with Type 2 diabetes have raised blood glucose levels, but sometimes these levels

Diabetes

Diabetes: at a glance {Infographic}

Almost 4 million people in SA live with diabetes. Another 5 million are estimated to be prediabetic. Who is at risk? Why? What can be done? In a series of

Diabetes

5 things an endocrinologist wishes you knew about diabetes

Yes, you can eat sugar. No, Type 2 diabetes can’t be cured. Dr Elmo Pretorius, a specialist physician and endocrinologist at Mediclinic Vergelegen, breaks down a few common myths about

Diabetes

How, when and why to check your sugar level {Infographic}

Diabetics may need to check their blood sugar level several times a day – before meals or exercise, at bedtime, before driving. But everyone is different: there are many numbers

Children (1 to 12 years)

A diagnosis for the whole family: living with someone with diabetes

If you’ve had a child diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll know: this is a life-changing illness, and not just for them. Here we look at how the whole family can help

Diabetes

Is your lifestyle making you sick? {Infographic}

Many everyday lifestyle decisions can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how these often unnoticed lifestyle risk factors add up to skyrocket your diabetes risk. Mediclinic are offering FREE diabetes

Diabetes

The difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes {infographic}

Mediclinic are offering FREE diabetes screening tests at various facilities across South Africa during the month of November. For more information about your nearest screening location visit the Mediclinic website.

Emergency

Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg recognised as Level 2 Trauma Centre

March 2019 saw Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg become the first Mediclinic facility to receive a level 2 accreditation from the Trauma Society of South Africa (TSSA). “Trauma has become such a large

Cancer

Why is Breast Cancer in young women on the rise?

Although breast cancer in young women is rare – it is often undiagnosed until it’s too late. Don’t ignore that lump, even if you’re under 35, say oncologists. ‘In young

Cancer

‘We focus on hope’

Cancercare oncology social worker Emerentia Esterhuyse explains her role in a cancer patient’s journey. The team at Panorama Cancercare, located near Mediclinic Panorama, adopts a holistic approach towards cancer treatment

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