Stellenbosch Hospital Emergency Medical Unit upgrade
Project phases and financial implications
The Health Foundation would like to invite interested corporate and individual donors to contribute towards the upgrade of the Stellenbosch Hospital Emergency Medical Unit (EMU).
The upgrade of this district hospital which serves as the first line of referral for more than 20 primary health care facilities will enhance the process of service delivery to the Stellenbosch community and the broader Cape Winelands area.
Current challenges with the EMU
- The existing emergency centre is too small and also houses the outpatients department, which should be separately accommodated. Due to the compacted layout of the work area, there is often poor workflow and patients are packed together as they wait to be attended to. The project aims to extend and separate these areas, thereby improving the working areas.
- The entrance area together with the parking lot is not properly structured. People with disabilities find it most difficult to manoeuvre around the entrance. Remodelling is required to remove redundant buildings and create a better structured entrance which would allow for efficient vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow.
- The toilets and bathrooms need to be refurbished as they pose health hazards in their current state.
- There are limited secure ward storage areas for medical supplies.
||Cost ( R )
- Construction of a functional emergency centre with 2 resuscitation bays, 2 treatment bays and 4 beds for emergency patients under observation.
- Removal of some of the existing walls in the trauma area to provide an open plan space which is more efficient in terms of patient and staff flow, and also patient observation.
- Integration of the main hospital entrance with the Emergency Unit.
|14 000 000
- Alterations to consolidate the outpatients' services into one area.
- Optimisation of existing hospital space through building more consultation and waiting rooms, as well as a room for minor procedures and treatment of fractures.
|3 800 000
- Illuminated signage at the entrance gate.
- Relocation of back of house services that are currently located in the public area of the hospital, i.e. around the main entrance.
- Demolition of underutilised outbuildings around the front entrance to create an open entrance court, with an increased number of parking spaces.
|6 200 000
The total cost estimate for these works is projected to be R24 million.
The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) has set aside R10 million for the project. This leaves a shortfall of around R14 million which we are looking to raise in order for the upgrade to be completed.
All donations collected will be solely used for the purposes of the project works.