The Weekend Waiting List Initiative has been running as an annual project since 2011. The Initiative was established to address the protracted waiting list by adding an additional day of surgeries (Saturday) to the hospital’s operating schedule. By reducing the large volumes of relatively minor cases, more scope and flexibility is provided for more complex cases to be attended to during the week.
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is running its fifth annual weekend initiative, previously referred to as Saturday Surgeries, for 17 weeks from 4 July until 24 October 2015.
The hospital does not usually conduct elective anaesthetic lists over weekends, but the project will provide an extra day of procedures on Saturdays to significantly lessen the hospital’s waiting lists for life-changing procedures such as general paediatric surgery, paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Orthopaedic Surgery.
Donors which included MediClinic, Sea Harvest, Brimstone Investment, the Africa Muslims Agency, the Fred Robertson Foundation and Absolut Travel, have all come on board via the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Hospital’s Facility Board to fund this project.
“Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is well known nationally and internationally, for the complex surgical procedures performed on children from all of the surgical specialties. Performing these intricate, time consuming operations often leads to the cancellation of many of the patients with minor surgical conditions due to time constraints and pressure on beds”, says Dr Anita Parbhoo, Medical Manager at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Such cases should not be postponed for too long as it can lead to more serious medical complications that require more complex care, including admission and additional outpatient visits.