Mediclinic Vergelegen Day Clinic will begin operations on 1 February 2022. This will be Mediclinic Southern Africa’s tenth clinic focusing exclusively on same day surgery. Concentrating only on day surgery procedures will enable Mediclinic Vergelegen Day Clinic to be particularly streamlined, efficient as well as cost-effective, without compromising on the high clinical standards of the main hospital.
“We are excited to open the much awaited day clinic for our community. It has been a challenging period while the country has fought COVID-19, but we recognise that our community has put off essential medical care in order to reduce the pressure on facilities. Mediclinic Vergelegen Day Clinic is now ready to assist with these medical needs and has taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and doctors,” explains Marquin Crotz, Mediclinic Vergelegen Hospital General Manager.
He continues, “The day clinic will act as a non-COVID unit with patients being tested before coming in for their elective procedures. In addition, there is screening on admission and our staff have all been equipped with the necessary PPE to ensure that we are able to safely care for all our patients, whatever their medical needs. All patients are also required to wear masks and maintain social distancing within the day clinic.”
“We truly believe that this day clinic will provide the Somerset West and Strand community with broader access to safe, stream-lined private medical care,” continues Crotz. This facility will accommodate many of the procedures that were previously done at Mediclinic Strand, which ceased operation during the pandemic.
“Day case surgery refers to patients undergoing planned, non-emergency surgical procedures that are admitted and discharged on the day of surgery.” Examples of typical day surgery include ear, nose and throat surgery such as a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) as well as facial and oral surgery, such as wisdom tooth extraction and other dental procedures. Various other day procedures in the disciplines of orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, ophthalmology and general surgery will all be accommodated in the day clinic.
Dr Derrick Wagenfeld, ENT surgeon in both the day clinic and main hospital explains, “I’m delighted that it is finally possible to perform day surgery at Mediclinic Vergelegen. Patients can benefit from the huge potential savings and the more streamlined experience the day clinic. The convenience and efficiency factors for both patients and surgeons given Mediclinic’s excellent track record in hospital management, make this a welcome development.”
Dr Philip Jonsson, Maxillofacial and reconstructive surgeon at Mediclinic Vergelegen is excited to extend his services to the day clinic. “I believe that the day clinic offers my patients use of the latest technology to ensure precise and accurate surgery, as well as providing them with the best possible results at affordable rates.” He explains the typical surgeries that would occur in the day clinic. “I am able to perform cleft lip and palate correction, temporomandibular joint disorder surgery, surgical removal of impacted teeth as well as maxillofacial and dental implants. The day clinic theatre can also accommodate reconstruction of minor facial trauma as well as hair transplant surgery.”
Mediclinic Vergelegen Day Clinic will offer a fully equipped theatre and procedure room with specialised staff catering to non-acute procedures, which will offer patients’ ample time to recover in privacy, before they are safely discharged.
The day clinic, co-located on the premises of the Mediclinic Vergelegen on Main Road in Somerset West, predominantly serves people residing in and around this community.
Crotz explains that the services of the day clinic are based on the needs of the public. “Our unrelenting focus on patient care will continue within this day clinic where patients will receive the same quality care and expertise they are accustomed to from Mediclinic. Members of our community are invited to visit our new day clinic for all their day surgery needs.
“As simple, speedy and easy access will be the order of the day, patients will have the added advantage of knowing their exact date and time of admission, as well as expected theatre and discharge times. The client therefore experiences little or no waiting periods before and after surgery, because everything will be carefully pre-arranged. Coupled with the fact that services are offered in a friendly, non-threatening environment with well-trained staff, it can only ease the patient’s stress levels while focusing on recovery,” he explains.
According to Mediclinic Southern Africa’s Operations Manager: Day Clinics, Pieter Lotz, the day clinic will offer a convenient, efficient and lean-cost facility to patients, without compromising on quality healthcare. “Doctors will, for instance, still be involved in thorough pre-operative assessments to eliminate risks and complications for the patients during and after medical procedures,” he assures.
For further information on Mediclinic Vergelegen Day Clinic, please contact:
Day Clinic Manager
Tel: (021) 850 7101
Patient Experience Manager
Tel: (021) 850 6389
Hospital General Manager – Mediclinic Vergelegen
Tel: 051 404 6208
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