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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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.

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.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • 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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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 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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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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.

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Does orthodontics play a role in oral health?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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.

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‘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.

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.

Exercise

10 health tips for women

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

Healthy Life

A man’s health checklist

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

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

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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