Thousands of Africa’s littlest patients will receive world-class Radiology and Nuclear Medicine treatment following the unveiling of a multi-million rand Medical Imaging Department at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town on Thursday, 20 August.
The new department consolidates the services of the Hospital’s existing Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments. These critical services are accessed by every department, ward and clinic at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, which sees over 40 000 patients a year. Prior to construction, these services were split over four sites on two separate floors, affecting patient flow and space negatively.
The R51 million project was funded equally by the Western Cape Government: Health and the Children’s Hospital Trust, which relies on the committed support of donors. Western Cape Government: Health also invested R23 million on radiology equipment for the new department. With critically ill or injured children’s lives depending on doctors’ ability to make fast and accurate diagnoses, the Medical Imaging Department will increase capacity and comfort as well as efficiency. Separate waiting areas for inpatients and outpatients have also been designed to ensure that children with potentially contagious infections are not a threat to others and those with low immune systems are not at risk.