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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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Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

Posted on 6 January 2017

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

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Managing PCOS, a syndrome on the increase

Posted on 6 January 2017

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming more common in South Africa and globally, affecting as many as one in 10 women. Women are experiencing irregular periods, sub-fertility and miscarriage, excess facial hair and fatigue, weight gain and abdominal pain – to name a few PCOS symptoms.

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Less alcohol equals better health

Posted on 6 January 2017

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. If one of yours is to give up alcohol, then good for you! Here’s why it’s the one resolution you really should stick to.

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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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  • 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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Small changes, big gains

Posted on 2 December 2016

It’s hard to modify your lifestyle. The solution is to make small changes that are attainable. Collectively they’ll add up to major gains over time. A Mediclinic family doctor has tips and advice to make switches that stick.

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Innovation in breast-lift surgery provides long-term results

Posted on 2 December 2016

Award-winning reconstructive and plastic surgeon at Mediclinic, Dr Peet van Deventer, developed a unique permanent internal mesh system that has better results for cosmetic breast support in the long term.

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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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 install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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‘My brain tumour made me bold’

Posted on 2 December 2016

When Debbie Hedenskog received the news that she had a brain tumour, she took a moment… and then decided to put her game face on. She applied her make-up and got on with it. This is her story.

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Sun protection products: which are best?

Posted on 2 December 2016

Do you know which products offer the best sun protection? Mediclinic plastic surgeon, Dr Arnold Douglas, helps us compare the available options – sunsuits, swimming costumes, sunscreens and more.

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‘Sudden vertigo left me desperate for help’

Posted on 31 October 2016

When Ami Kapilevich woke up dizzy one morning, he didn’t think much of it. But when the dizziness persisted, it made him fear the worst. It turned out to be benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV). He shares his story with us.

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How to boost your metabolism

Posted on 31 October 2016

Everybody’s metabolism differs – but there are ways to speed up yours to regulate your energy levels and weight better. A dietician at Mediclinic gives her metabolism-boosting tips.

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Staying ahead of epilepsy

Posted on 31 October 2016

Epilepsy is in fact a group of conditions better thought of collectively as the epilepsies, explains Dr James Butler, a neurologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg. Dr Butler stays at the forefront of the latest research and, together with a team of healthcare providers specialising in the epilepsies, ensures that patients receive the best care available.

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Diabetes: a growing problem

Posted on 31 October 2016

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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Regaining fitness after a sports injury

Posted on 3 October 2016

For sportspeople or those with very active lifestyles, injuries often come with the territory. While you may be longing to resume your fitness routine as quickly as possible, sports doctor Dr Jann Killops offers a medical perspective.

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How to manage atopic eczema

Posted on 3 October 2016

Atopic eczema is a genetic condition which causes a broken skin barrier and is further triggered by certain allergens. Here is expert advice on the symptoms, causes and how to treat it.

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Focusing on the positive

Posted on 3 October 2016

Denise Goussard was in remission after breast cancer treatment, but was later diagnosed with leukaemia. Despite the many challenges, she remains brave and positive. Here she shares her story.

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Better, faster hip replacement surgery

Posted on 3 October 2016

A less invasive procedure than traditional surgery is being used with great success for total hip replacements. It’s called Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery (AMIS) and has the great benefit of faster recovery times.

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How to stay active at work

Posted on 5 September 2016

If you are reading this, chances are you’re probably at work, taking a break at your desk before tackling the next task on your computer.

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Treating adult ADHD/ADD

Posted on 5 September 2016

It’s not only children who have ADHD/ADD. Mediclinic Welkom clinical psychologist Thato Taka describes some of the challenges faced by adults with the condition.

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A journey with endometriosis

Posted on 5 September 2016

In 2014 Valencia Kippie, a 41-year-old mother from Cape Town, finally got the answer to a question she’d been asking doctors for more than 12 years: What’s wrong with me?

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Free health screening at Mediclinic during Heart and Stroke Awareness Month

Posted on 1 September 2016

In support of Heart and Stroke Awareness Month this September, Mediclinic is offering free screenings at their hospitals and encouraging patients to get a little more active.

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‘I’ve climbed the highest mountains’

Posted on 1 August 2016

When Ray Funnell (51) told his wife in 2006 that he had leukaemia, she thought he was joking. He wasn’t, but a sense of humour and a stem cell donation saw him through the worst. This is his story.

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