Routine tests

A big part of keeping healthy is making sure you’re both physically and mentally well. Our experts give advice on what you should be getting routinely checked.

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Allergy testing explained

Posted on 6 March 2017

Statistics suggest that approximately one out of every seven children is prone to some sort of non-seasonal allergy – and this figure increases if there is a family history of allergies. Adverse reactions to foods, medications, pets, dust and pollen are on the rise, which is why proper allergy testing is critical – and could be lifesaving.

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Keeping you safe on the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Posted on 6 January 2017

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.

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Caring for the elderly in your life

Posted on 17 October 2016

It’s not easy to care for ageing parents or grandparents, even if they’re not living under your roof. Dr Mariette Buchner, a physician at Mediclinic Durbanville, explains the important elements of elderly care.

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How screening mammograms save lives

Posted on 13 October 2016

We are constantly reminded of the importance of early detection in combatting breast cancer. Radiographers explain what you need to know about potentially life-saving screening mammography.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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 place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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Does orthodontics play a role in oral health?

Posted on 22 September 2016

September is National Oral Health Month. Dr Thinus Groenewald, a Mediclinic consulting orthodontist explains the role orthodontics plays in lifelong oral health.

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‘I had a stroke at 19’

Posted on 20 September 2016

When Bianca Damon suffered a stroke in March 2015, at the age of only 19, she had no idea what was happening to her.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #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.
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‘I survived two heart attacks’

Posted on 19 September 2016

Amos Mautla suffered heart attacks in 2009 and 2014 and was treated at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital both times.

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‘A full blood count showed why I was constantly tired’

Posted on 16 March 2016

Capetonian Mandy Lawson, 30, couldn’t figure out why she was always fatigued – until a simple blood test revealed the reason.

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Red alert

Posted on 6 March 2016

A full blood count test can alert your doctor to a number of issues. We find out what it entails. Few bodily functions elicit as much emotion – or poetry

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When to get tested for diabetes

Posted on 10 November 2015

November is Diabetes Awareness Month – here’s why and where you should get tested.

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Your health in your 60s

Posted on 21 October 2015

Between retirement, grandchildren and a slower pace of life, the 60s are the start of your golden years… but from a health point of view this is also the age

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What’s the deal with colonoscopies?

Posted on 21 August 2015

We asked Dr Naayil Rajabally, a gastroenterologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, to answer some FAQs on colonoscopies.

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Saved by the test

Posted on 18 August 2015

When Nicole Jacobs* went for her annual Pap smear, she was taken by surprise. Fairly aggressive cancerous cells were found in her cervix, but since it was detected early she was able to receive prompt and successful treatment.

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10 health tips for women

Posted on 5 August 2015

Most women take better care of others than they do of themselves. Take some time to focus on yourself and follow these easy tips.

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A man’s health checklist

Posted on 25 June 2015

No matter how old you are, if you’re a man, you’re probably avoiding your annual health check-ups. Man up, make an appointment with your GP, and go get tested. Our decade-by-decade guide will show you what to ask for… no matter how old you are.

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Beating cervical cancer

Posted on 2 June 2015

New strides in the detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer mean that it can be beaten. Here, a survivor tells her story and we look at the potential of the HPV vaccine.

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Symptoms not to ignore

Posted on 22 October 2014

While we can’t run to the doctor every time we have a headache or chest pain, here are 10 symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

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Detecting breast cancer

Posted on 15 October 2014

You should be checking your breasts regularly for any changes that may indicate an underlying problem like breast cancer.

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Just checking!

Posted on 19 June 2014

Even if you’re feeling healthy and nothing hurts, book an annual checkup with your GP.

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Is it a bite… or is it a boil?

Posted on 29 May 2014

Dr Adendorf, a general practitioner at Mediclinic Highveld, explains the difference between a bite and a boil.

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Annual checkup

Posted on 20 May 2014

Book an annual checkup with your GP and if necessary, he or she will send you to the appropriate specialist.

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