RMB and FNB facilitate additional high care capacity at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital utilising SPIRE funding
A team from RMB and FNB, leveraging parent company FirstRand’s SPIRE fund, facilitated a R26 million project to construct a new medical high care unit and a completely revamped ICU facility, at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital. The facilities, which meet the highest standards for private hospitals in South Africa, were unveiled at a special ceremony last week.
The project included the upgrading of building structures, air conditioning, electrical reticulation and supply of medical gases. In addition to providing funding, the project team which consisted of professionals sourced from FNB and RMB, appointed the contractor, procured equipment, and oversaw the design, construction and commissioning of the units.
Said Dr Lucas Ndhlovu, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital CEO: “The completion of our ICU marks a new dawn for both our ICU and Burns patients. The ICU was located in the Burns Unit prior to the completion of the new ICU. While ICU patients will now be nursed in a brand-new state-of-the-art facility, our Burns patients will finally have an opportunity to get proper care in a space that is suitable for their condition.”
The SPIRE project team said it was humbled by the expertise and commitment of the medical staff at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital and felt very privileged to support them as they work tirelessly to care for the people of Gauteng and neighbouring provinces.
Together the units contain a total of 26 beds, including four isolation cubicles, and all the required supporting facilities such as nurses’ stations, doctors’ rest areas and storerooms.
The project follows a number of other ICU expansions facilitated by SPIRE during the COVID-19 pandemic, including two ICUs at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, and new ICUs at the Livingston and Dora Nginza Hospitals in the Eastern Cape and King Edward VII Hospital in KwaZulu Natal.
In total, since March 2020, through the mobilization of SPIRE funding, 130 ICU beds have been added to the public healthcare system with a further 92 upgraded.
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