Mediclinic Vergelegen flood management a collective effort
Posted on 16 November 2013
The management, doctors and staff of Mediclinic Vergelegen, together with volunteers and disaster risk management from the municipality and other emergency teams – including Western Cape Emergency Services and Disaster Management, ER24, the SAPS, Fire Services, Netcare 911, EMO and the Western Cape Ambulance Service – reacted swiftly in ensuring the safety of patients when a flood occurred at the hospital on the evening of 15 November 2013. The flood followed excessive storms in the Somerset West area and necessitated the evacuation of all patients.
All patients were successfully and safely transferred to surrounding hospitals, including Mediclinic Stellenbosch, Mediclinic Panorama, Mediclinic Cape Gate, Mediclinic Cape Town, Mediclinic Paarl, N1 City, the Red Cross Memorial Hospital and Spescare. No patients were harmed or injured in any way during the process.
Clean up operations are underway with Mediclinic’s technical team and the municipality. The hospital will not be operational during this period and we ask that members of the public use alternative facilities in the interim.
Mediclinic Southern Africa wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to members of the community for their assistance, doctors for their support, its patients for their cooperation and understanding as well as the disaster management teams and our staff for their incredible dedication and commitment.