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  • DONDERDAG, 30 OKTOBER 2014 Prys: R6.20 | Tel 021 853 0211 | www.districtmail.com

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    Hospital: anightofwaiting

    DELIAH BRINKHUIS

    Poorconditionsandserviceat the

    Helderberg Hospital are once

    again in the spotlight after it took

    12 hours for a patient to be diag-

    nosed and given medicine last

    Wednesday.

    And this was during the pa-

    tientssecondvisittothehospi-

    tal that day. He had given up

    onbeinghelpedbyareception-

    ist who was conducting what

    appeared to be a personal con-

    versation, and returned home

    to rather have himself admit-

    ted to the hospital by ambu-

    lance.

    Les Carelse, a Sir Lowrys

    Pass resident, was suffering

    from severe chest pain and

    shortness of breath on Wednesday

    evening.

    According to his daughter, Mon-

    iqueCarelse, theirGPhaddiagnosed

    her father with cardiac failure and

    an enlarged liver the previousweek.

    They went to the hospital at 21:00,

    butwaitedforthereceptionisttocon-

    cludehis conversationon thephone.

    Theyleftaftertenminutesasthecon-

    versationwas still continuing. They

    returned home and decided to have

    their father admitted to the hospital

    by ambulance instead.

    Carelse was not allowed to go

    through to the Emergency Ward

    with her father when he was admit-

    ted, but had to wait in the general

    waiting area. She said that at the

    time, about 15 patients werewaiting

    to be helped.

    Among these patients was an

    elderly woman sitting in a wheel-

    chair, wrapped in a blanket, while a

    man, with his face covered in

    blood, was lying on the floor.

    The elderly woman was

    from Grabouw and Carelse

    was told that she had been at

    the hospital since 08:00 that

    morning.

    Some six hours after their

    arrival at 05:30 a doctor at-

    tended to Carelses father

    for the first time, monitor-

    ing his heartbeat. The doc-

    tor concluded that X-rays

    had to be conducted.

    Another three hours

    passed before the X-rays

    were finally done. After

    this, a further forty-five

    minutes passed with no

    oneattending to them.Car-

    else then approached a nurse to

    ask that a doctor review the

    X-rays. She was, however, told that

    no-one could help at the time.

    Carelse then asked to see the unit

    manager, who then reviewed the

    X-raysandreferredthemtothephar-

    macy, where they waited another 20

    minutes for the prescribed medica-

    tion.

    When Carelse and her dads visit

    to thehospital finally ended12hours

    later, at 11:00 the next morning, the

    elderly woman from Grabouw was

    still sitting in thewheelchairandthe

    man was still lying on the floor in

    the same position, with his eyes

    closed, just as he had been lying

    when the Carelses first arrived.

    TheunsBotha,WesternCapeMin-

    ister of Health, admitted dur-

    ing an unscheduled visit in

    August that the Helderberg

    Hospital is under-resourced.

    He said a new, bigger facility

    is being planned.

    Sithembiso Magubane,

    spokesperson for theWestern

    Cape Health Department, did

    not say how complaints such

    asCarelseswill beaddressed.

    He also failed to answer a

    question on when and where

    the new hospital promised by

    the minister will be built.

    He said patients at the

    Emergency Unit are catego-

    rised according to a system

    that determines the serious-

    ness of their condition, and

    consultation follows accordingly.He

    said that the department could only

    improve the service if complaints

    are lodgedwith the facilitymanager

    while they are still at the facility, or

    reported later to their departments

    complaints hotline at 0860 142 142 or

    by sending a please call me to

    079 769 1207, or emailing ser-

    vice@westerncape.gov.za

    This patient of the Helderberg Hospital was lying

    on the floor of the Emergency Unit for hours last

    week without being helped.

    ... aman,

    with his face

    covered in blood,

    was lying on

    the floor

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    Security tightenedat shopping centres

    JAMEY GORDON

    The Somerset West Police started opera-

    tions to protect shopping malls last Fri-

    day.

    This followsawaveofarmedrobberies,one

    of which claimed a life at Waterstone Village

    Centre in SomersetWest on Sunday (19 Octo-

    ber). G4S security guard Mcebisi Qhosholo

    (35) from Kraaifontein, was shot and killed

    bytwoarmedrobberswhilecollectingmoney

    inside Pick n Pay at 08:50 on Sunday.

    Although security measures have since

    been intensified at local malls, the police are

    also increasing their visibility. Operations

    by the SomersetWest Police, as part of a city-

    wide strategy led by the provincial police,

    wereheld atWaterstoneVillageCentre, Som-

    erset Mall, Checkers Hyper, and CBD shop-

    ping centres Lion Square, The Vineyard and

    Circle Centre.

    Colonel Mary-Ann Williams, Somerset

    West Police station commander, says their

    operations includedpatrols, checking thatall

    security measures are in place, sharing cru-

    cial information and making suggestions on

    how to improve security.

    Williams says managers of the shopping

    malls and centres were keen on the opera-

    tions and were taking their suggestions on

    how to improve security and prevent armed

    robberies into consideration. Williams says

    one suggestion in particular was that no-one

    wearing anything on their heads that could

    hide their face be allowed access to the shop-

    ping mall or centre.

    The operations will continue through the

    festive season until the end of January.

    SUSPECTS NABBED FOR CAR

    THEFT: Three men were arrested last

    Wednesday after the car above was found in

    South Fork, Strand. According to spokesper

    son for the Strand police, Constable Mbulelo

    Mafuna, police patrolled the area at about

    07:30 when they came across a suspicious

    looking man. The 20yearold man was

    searched and the registration papers of a

    Honda that was earlier reported stolen in

    Woodlands Street, Somerset West were found

    in his possession. Mafuna said the man led

    police to two other men, aged 18 and 24,

    who were also arrested. The car was found

    at a flat on the corner of Houston and Asbi

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