Construction starts today, Monday, 9 September 2013 on a new multi-million rand Radiology Complex at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The specialist facility will provide the ideal environment for medical teams to make accurate diagnoses on critically ill or injured children whose prognoses depend on receiving the right treatment fast.
Funding for the modern world-class facility was raised by the Children’s Hospital Trust with Western Cape Government: Health contributing 50% of the total R51million required to build and equip the state-of-the-art complex.
The new complex will house the practices of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine which are both crucial steps in assessing the nature of illness or trauma in children. The new complex will replace the original out-dated area which has been providing a service to all departments, clinics and wards in the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since the Hospital was built in 1956. The existing departments are currently split between two floors and four sites which, together with the space limitations, negatively affect the efficiency of the dedicated teams, compromise the patient flow, as well as staff management and access.