Mediclinic makes changes as ICUs fill up amid Covid-19 second wave
Health-care company says many intensive care and high care units have reached capacity
Private hospital group Mediclinic International says it is struggling with capacity constraints as SA experiences a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Patients seeking care within Mediclinic hospitals are exceeding previous numbers during the first peak, group GM Gerrit de Villiers, said in a statement. Many intensive care and high care units have reached capacity, the company said.
Mediclinic said coronavirus patients had climbed from fewer than 100 admissions to more than 500 in a month in its facilities across the Western Cape.
“This dramatic increase in numbers within the Western Cape has placed very heavy strain on available health-care resources including staff, equipment and available beds to provide intensive treatment for seriously ill patients,” it said. Elective or non-emergency surgery has been cancelled.
Mediclinic said it is increasing beds available to Covid-19 patients and reallocating resources.
There were 10,939 new virus cases and 254 more deaths in SA on Saturday, according to the health department.
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