Specialised care: medical facilities in Gauteng you should know about

Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

Named after Charlotte Maxeke, a social and political activist born in the early 1870s who became the first black South African woman to earn a university degree, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has been leading by example when it comes to medical facilities adapting to new threats that challenge our health services.

The hospital has been swift in its response to the coronavirus pandemic and was among the first in the country to set up an isolation ward for Covid-19 cases. It was also marked as a designated Gauteng Covid-19 facility, alongside the Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital and the Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

Steve Biko Academic Hospital

Steve Biko, who spearheaded the black consciousness movement in South Africa during the height of apartheid, is revered as one of the most forward-thinking activists of all time. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that a hospital named after him has also been proactive in preparing rapid response measures to deal with Covid-19.

As the demand for healthcare services rises, the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria has responded by consulting with renowned virus and disease experts on treatment, setting up high-tech equipment in its isolation ward, and reinforcing security to ensure that patients and visitors adhere to the prescribed sanitation measures.

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, is at the forefront of providing the children of South Africa with specialised medical care. It is the realisation of a project initiated by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, with the help of various donors from around the world, to construct a state-of-the-art paediatric facility to provide medical care of the highest standard.

Critical health services offered by the hospital include neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, and comprehensive nephrological care that assists with dialysis treatment in one of the biggest units in the country. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital continues to provide essential services, while taking all necessary precautions to protect patients, families and staff, the hospital has said in a public statement.

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