New dawn for day hospitals?

New dawn for day hospitals?

The opening of the Advanced Surgical Centre in Durbanville by listed Advance Health has highlighted the potential for fledgling day hospital sector to grow into a potent health care niche in the Western Cape. The company also expects a number of greenfields projects to be commissioned in the next few months. Advanced CEO Carl Grillenberger said the opening of the company’s first new day hospital in Cape Town was an exciting breakthrough.

“The day hospital has been completed on time and within budget … The Durbanville facility has been well received by specialists, many of whom have committed to supporting the facility.”

The new hospital comprises two theatres, one procedure room and 20 beds.

Advance’s development might be the signal that the day hospitals segment is about to come into its own with increasing numbers of South Africans looking for accessible and affordable private healthcare outside of the traditional private hospitals sector.

Day hospitals internationally have changed the surgical experience by offering a more convenient alternative to hospital-based surgery where both patients and surgeons benefit from a simpler admission, surgical and post-operative procedure in a same-day-in-and-out facility.

Business Day reported recently that the Day Hospitals Association of SA (DHASA) estimated that in the Western Cape alone 10 new day clinic facilities are scheduled for development by 2017.

Business Day also observed that integrated healthcare provider Intercare recently opened its first day hospital facility in Cape Town - the Intercare Medical Centre at Century City. The group already has three day surgery hospitals in Gauteng.

Cape Town-based private hospitals group Mediclinic has also seen the potential of day hospitals, having recently kicked off its day clinic strategy with the opening of a facility in Durbanville.

Meanwhile, Advanced plans to complete its new Panorama day hospital development before the end of this year. The facility forms part of the Panorama Healthcare Centre, which is being built on the corner of Rothschild and Hennie Winterbach Streets in Panorama. This day hospital will comprise three theatres, one laser room and 27 beds. During June, contractors already started working on the interior construction finishes.

Advanced also started construction on its Knysna Surgical Centre at the end of April, and had completed the bulk earthworks and building by June. Advanced’s Worcester Surgical Centre - a 15-bed Worcester day hospital on the corner of the centrally located Fairbain and Russel Streets - is also on schedule. Advanced said refurbishment of the existing building had commenced, the foundations of the new extension completed and the foundation walls were under construction.

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