“Tremendous demand for hospital beds” – Mediclinic

Mediclinic this week emphasised the need for the public to protect their own health and adjust their behaviour to reduce their risk of infection by COVID-19 and thereby relieving pressure on hospital facilities.

“Mediclinic can confirm a tremendous demand for hospital beds and ICU resources in most provinces, putting the hospitals under severe pressure. Mediclinic Southern Africa together with other healthcare providers have put all possible resources in place to manage the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current third wave is exceeding previous admissions to our facilities, which most likely can be attributed to the impact of the Delta variant,” Mediclinic South Africa Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Gerrit de Villiers said.

“ This demand is being experienced across most of the industry because of the increase in patient numbers and this is expected to continue in the coming weeks. It is important to note that while ICU and High Care capacity may vary from hospital to hospital depending on the number of licensed beds, not all COVID-19 patients require ICU care or mechanical ventilation. Many admitted patients are treated successfully with supplemental oxygen and other supportive treatment modalities and Mediclinic has capacity within its medical wards to assist patients in this manner.”

He said urgent emergency cases at Mediclinic emergency centres will be stabilised and admitted, or transferred to another suitable facility to ensure that they receive the appropriate care. Where hospitals are experiencing pressure on resources, non-emergency surgery has been reduced or temporarily suspended.
“Our highest priority is the safety of patients, staff and doctors.”