Day hospital opened in Richard’s Bay – Medicross launches new day theatre service to meet demand

Day hospital opened in Richard’s Bay – Medicross launches new day theatre service to meet demand:

The Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital, the first Medicross day theatre facility to be established on the Dolphin Coast, is located opposite Netcare The Bay Hospital on Lira Link Road in the in the Richards Bay CBD. Photo: Medicross

A modern new day-theatre facility has opened its doors in Richards Bay, providing Dolphin Coast communities convenient access to a comprehensive range of surgical services.

“After identifying a great demand for day surgery in the region, Medicross collaborated with a number of specialists, surgeons and other medical professionals to bring this service and facility to patients of the region,” says Dr Billyy van der Merwe, managing director of Netcare’s Primary Care Division, of which Medicross is a subsidiary.

The Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital, the first Medicross day theatre facility to be established on the Dolphin Coast, is located opposite Netcare The Bay Hospital on Lira Link Road in the tallest building in the Richards Bay CBD, and is therefore easy to find.

“Day surgery is becoming increasingly popular not only in South Africa but around the world. We find that patients particularly appreciate the convenience and other benefits of same-day surgery. In addition to offering families convenience, day procedures are also cost-effective,” notes Dr Van der Merwe.

Richards Bay Medicross Day Hospital manager, Joseph Mbambo, says the facility, which has been operational since late July, has two well-equipped theatres, 15 day beds, and nine recliners for eye surgery cases.

“It offers surgical procedures, which do not require patients to stay overnight, across a range of disciplines. These include general, plastic and reconstructive, dental, maxilla-facial, ENT (ear, nose and throat), gynaecological, urological, ophthalmological, orthopaedic surgery.”

In addition to the Medicross Richards Bay Day Hospital, the newly developed building is also home to a number of new doctor’s rooms for medical practitioners who practise at Netcare The Bay Hospital.

“Medicross has to date established a network of 16 day theatre facilities around South Africa. We place great emphasis on creating a warm family and child-friendly environment for patients who come in for procedures, which our patients appreciate,” notes Dr Van der Merwe.

“Patients will find the fact that our new Medicross Richards Bay Day Hospital can accommodate them six days a week, as well as our extended operating hours, very convenient. The facility is open Mondays to Fridays from 07:00 to 19:00, and Saturdays from 07:00 to 13:00. We are looking forward to providing the community with quality person-centred care,” concludes Mr Mbambo.

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