Kingsbury Hospital completes R126m refurbishment

Entrance to the newly refurbished Kingsbury Hospital. Entrance to the newly refurbished Kingsbury Hospital.

Life Hospitals has officially opened the extension to its Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town, which included an extensive refurbishment to the existing hospital. With a pricetag of R126m, the construction project includes a new 24 hour Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit, a paediatric ward and additional parking, with the ground floor, theatres and wards being overhauled, giving the hospital a modern, airy and cohesive feeling.

The project has consolidated the Claremont and Kingsbury Hospitals into one by moving the A&E and operating theatres from the Claremont Hospital on Main Road into the Kingsbury Hospital itself.

The brand new A&E unit is bigger than its Claremont predecessor and boasts world-class medical staff and equipment, capable of dealing with all medical emergencies, 24 hours a day. With six beds, a two bed specialised resuscitation area and a dedicated procedure area, the A&E has almost doubled in size.

Kingsbury Orthopaedics Theatre

The A&E sees a mix of patients coming through its doors – with an aging population in the area, as well as a dynamic student population that lives and socilalises in and around Claremont – the doctors are equipped to deal with everything from strokes and heart problems to trauma cases and sports injuries.

The hospital has also opened a new paediatrics unit, allowing the hospital to treat and admit children for the first time. The ward has ten beds, four of which are high-care.

“This consolidation of the two hospitals will create greater efficiencies and new possibilities for the old Claremont hospital, which will be developed into our new Life Eye and Laser hospital. It will also house complementary services such as optometry, a retail pharmacy, pathology and additional consulting rooms for our doctors,” says Andre Meyer, Life Hospital’s CEO. The Claremont Hospital’s well-established diabetes clinic will also remain on at the Claremont Hospital.

Although the Murray and Roberts contractors faced limitations due to the architecture and design of the original structures and listed buildings on the property, the project has incorporated green features. These include heat pumps to provide hot water at a fraction of the cost, while pumping the cold air generated in the process into areas that require 24/7 cooling – such as pharmacy stores. The LED lighting solutions will reduce the hospital’s energy usage to a fifth of the current usage and recycled water will be used to water the gardens.

Kingsbury Peadiatrics Ward

“These developments represent a vast improvement and underline our continued commitment to the region. These upgrades will also ensure that we are able to meet the growing demand for quality private healthcare in this community for many years to come,” continues Meyer.

The Kingsbury Hospital was built in 1902 as a stately home. It was converted into a natal facility in 1945 and after 40 years and around 30,000 babies Life Healthcare bought it. The multi-disciplinary hospital was built to meet the demands of the area, and the original building was refurbished to create doctors rooms, and is still used as such today.

The Kingsbury Hospital is not the only investment that Life Healthcare has made this year; “During the current financial year we have already invested just under R500m on upgrading our infrastructure and maintenance to ensure that our facilities remain competitive and attractive to both our doctors and patients. In fact, our total spend on growth and infrastructure in South Africa will be in the order of R1.5bn for the current financial year.”

By Jenni McCann

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