Johannesburg, South Africa, 13 December 2017. Polyflor SA recently assisted the Gauteng Department of Health, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Surgeons for Little Lives, a local non-profit organisation, by supplying state-of-the-art flooring and wall protection for the newly completed Paediatric Surgical Outpatient and Parental Sleep-Over Facility at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital.
The new clinic officially opened its doors at the beginning of December 2017 and caters for infants and children with paediatric surgical conditions, providing the first integrated service offering support for families of young patients.
According to a media statement on the project issued by Gauteng Health, the hospital’s paediatric surgery department currently draws patients from across the northern half of South Africa, as well as numerous patients from Sub-Saharan Africa, on account of its worldclass care. However, the facilities required essential improvement to appropriately serve the catchment population of in excess of 15 million people. Thanks to corporate funding and support received, this new facility will now be able to support 1,500 outpatients and 130 inpatients per month. In addition, the centre will house a parental sleep-over facility, allowing children the opportunity to have family support while admitted as inpatients to the hospital, often for prolonged periods of time.
Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor, states that they were very excited about partnering on this project which was designed by global private hospital group Mediclinic.
“We are passionate about giving back to a community and an industry that has supported us for a long time. For this reason, we were happy to donate some of the products at no cost where possible, or to make it available to the developers at a greatly discounted price to help them maximise their budget as much as possible,” she says.
Commenting on the success of the project, Prof. Jerome Loveland, Chairman of the Board, Surgeons for Little Lives says: “We have worked hard to see this project materialise, turning a pipe dream into reality. We are confident that this Outpatient Clinic and Parental Sleep-Over Facility will play an important role in improving access to quality healthcare for children, overcoming infrastructural and capacity challenges as well as improving resources for nurses and doctors.”