Mediclinic Vergelegen flood management underway
Posted on 16 November 2013
The management and staff of Mediclinic Vergelegen reacted swiftly in ensuring the safety of patients and staff 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.
Hospital emergency protocols were activated after initial flooding and patients were moved as per standard procedure but additional excessive floods initiated a large scale disaster management team activation, in association with the municipality and disaster management consultants.
All patients were successfully and safely transferred to surrounding Mediclinic hospitals, including Mediclinic Stellenbosch, Mediclinic Panorama, Mediclinic Cape Gate and Mediclinic Cape Town and additional staff arrangements are being made for those hospitals to ensure uninterrupted expert care. No patients were harmed or injured in any way during the process.
Doctors are being notified of patient transfers and surgeries will be re-scheduled at hospitals in the vicinity in association with treating physicians.
Clean up operations are underway with Mediclinic’s technical team and the municipality.
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, the ER24 and other disaster management teams and its staff for their incredible dedication and commitment.