Mediclinic reports significant volumes of Covid-19 patients

Mediclinic said this week that it is experiencing high volumes of Covid-19 cases in its three hospitals in North West, as well as other provinces.

Mediclinic has hospitals in Brits, Mabopane and Potchefstroom in the North West province.

“Mediclinic Southern Africa normally has an ICU/High Care bed capacity of roughly 1 000 beds with 850 available ventilators. Currently with the second surge of COVID-19 we are seeing high occupancies with significant volumes of patients in emergency centres. ICU beds and ventilators have experienced the biggest strain with many hospitals’ ICU and High Care beds and ventilators fully occupied.

Our current ventilator capacity and high flow oxygen device capacity is under extreme pressure as demand for this level of care continues to be very high,” the group said.

“ We have purchased additional ventilators and oxygen delivery devices (oxygenators) for certain hospitals where the infrastructure allowed for additional capacity to be deployed.”