Messages about COVID-19 patient dying in reception ‘fake’, says Mediclinic

Following a voice message about a COVID-19 patient at Brits Mediclinic dying in the reception area, Mediclinic issued a statement on Tuesday, saying the message is fake.

Mediclinic said in a statement that it is aware of fake messages circulating on social media regarding the Brits Mediclinic. “We can confirm that Mediclinic Brits is currently experiencing high volumes of patients with COVID-19 related conditions, but is still able to receive and accommodate patients. We would emphasise the importance of not distributing fake or misleading messages, as this creates unnecessary concern in the community.”

Mediclinic said the current third wave has strongly impacted the capacity of its facilities and its resources are currently under pressure. “Measures are in place to further increase our capacity should this be required. It is important to note that while ICU and high care facilities are under tremendous pressure in some regions, not all COVID-19 patients require ICU care or mechanical ventilation. “Many admitted patients are treated successfully with supplemental oxygen and other supportive modalities, and Mediclinic has the capacity within these medical wards to assist patients in this manner.”

According to the same voice message, COVID-19 patients at Millpark Hospital have also been waiting in their cars for three days for beds to open up.