The 83 year old Paediatric Ward at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, Cape Town will receive a R10million upgrade and extension for which the Children’s Hospital Trust will fundraise, with 50% of funding contributed by the Ackerman Family Foundation.
Since it was built in 1888, the 125 year old Victoria Hospital has grown from a small 38 bed unit into a busy 158 bed district hospital and provides vital specialist care for the southern sub-district, the largest sub-district in the Cape Metropole.
Victoria Hospital’s Paediatric Ward in particular is in desperate need of an upgrade to create a more spacious ward that allows parents to stay at their sick children’s bedsides. Children who require High Care or ICU admission are stabilised and transferred to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. The patients then return to Victoria Hospital once they are ready for ward care and long term follow up.
The Children’s Hospital Trust has been fundraising for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for 19 years and since expanding its reach to fundraising for paediatric healthcare projects in the Western Cape, the upgrade of Victoria Hospital’s Paediatric Ward will be the Trust’s first building project beyond the doors of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Building will commence shortly in March and will be completed in December 2013.
Read more about the project here.