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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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  • 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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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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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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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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 trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • 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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‘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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