WATCH: Inside Cape Town’s temporary hospitals

Khayelitsha’s field hospital has its first patients, the CTICC is ready  and the third temporary hospital opens

In early May 2020, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde confirmed that temporary hospital facilities would be created to prepare our health system for the expected coronavirus peak. These temporary field hospitals are expected to create additional 1,428 beds for coronavirus patients. So far, three of these are up and running, with another two on the way both in the Cape Metro and the Winelands.
  

GET A PEEK INTO ALL OF THE TEMPORARY HOSPITALS 
On Thursday, 11 June, the Western Cape Government posted a video highlighting the number of interventions and facilities in place to help flatten the curve of Ccovid-19.

BRACKENGATE IS UNDERWAY
On 7 July the Western Cape is expected to welcome its third temporary hospital in Brackenfell. The Brackengate temporary hospital will be an intermediate care-bed facility that will be able to treat up to 330 Covid-19 patients. You can expect more details to follow as the hospital completes its construction.

FROM PREMIUM EVENT SPACE TO WORKING HOSPITAL
The Cape Town International Convention Center has traded its exhibition halls for hospital walls. It is an intermediate care bed facility, which means it will be used to treat patients with milder clinical signs who need oxygen assistance. 

Over 980 staff members, including medical specialists, general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and support staff, will be taking care of the patients. By the end of construction on 8 June, the CTICC will be the largest temporary field hospital in South Africa. It will have space to accommodate 850 patients, a similar capacity to other major hospitals in the country.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS HEAD TO KHAYELITSHA
Doctors Without Borders has partnered with the Department of Health to launch a second Covid-19 treatment facility in the Thusong Multipurpose Centre in Khayelitsha. On Tuesday, 2 June, the hospital accepted its first patients. 

The centre can treat up to 68 coronavirus patients with a full medical staff, six doctors and eight nurses. It is an intermediate care bed facility, which will treat patients with milder clinical signs and who have difficulty breathing. This is a major win for the community as the facility will alleviate patient pressure from the Khayelitsha hospital. 

180 MORE BEDS TO COME
Two more field hospitals are on the cards for Cape Town, which will provide an expected 180 beds. 30 of these beds will be allocated to Tygerberg hospital, another 150 to the Cape Winelands Sonstraal Hospital. More details will be made available in the coming weeks.

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