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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Window to the womb

There’s nothing like seeing your unborn baby moving and growing in your womb – especially in 3D or 4D clarity. But aside from the emotional benefits, what are doctors looking for during these scans and what does changing technology mean for monitoring your baby’s health?

Healthy Life

What’s your blood type? (infographic)

Can you tell what your blood type is by finding out your parents’ blood type? And do you know if you are a universal donor or not?

Babies

Pneumococcal disease is often prevented

Pneumococcal disease is caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus) bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact or droplet spread. It can cause mild infections such as ear or sinus infections but can also lead to invasive pneumococcal disease.

Healthy Life

Three health hazards people share with their pets

Getting sick is not just a human dilemma. Some diseases, especially the lifestyle-related ones, extend to our four-legged friends. We review the causes, similarities, differences and treatments of three conditions we share.

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What to tell your doctor

While you don’t need to tell your doctor about the time you grazed your knee in preschool, not disclosing enough personal information could result in incorrect diagnoses and ineffective treatments. We look at what you should always tell your doctor to ensure they give you the right tools to stay healthy.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • 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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in 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.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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gynaecology

HPV vaccine pros and cons

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common infection that can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted sexually. A vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection. Here’s what you should know before getting the HPV vaccine.

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Allergy testing explained

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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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.

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Caring for the elderly in your life

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.

Healthy Life

How screening mammograms save lives

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.

Conditions

‘I had a stroke at 19’

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

Cardiology

‘I survived two heart attacks’

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

Healthy Life

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

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

Magazine

Red alert

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

Diabetes

When to get tested for diabetes

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

Prime

Your health in your 60s

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

Expert Articles

What’s the deal with colonoscopies?

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

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Saved by the test

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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