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New state-of-the-art medical facility for Hermanus

18 Oct 2016

An ever-increasing population in the Hermanus and surrounding Overberg areas and high demand for quality medical facilities has prompted Annenberg Property Group to develop a multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art medical centre in Hermanus, which will be known as Hermanus Medical Village.

This brand-new development will include a three theatre, 22-bed Hermanus Day Hospital, Hermanus Oncology Centre, Spescare, a 20-bed sub-acute facility and Hermanus Elderly Care Place frail care facility.

The medical facility will cater for communities in the greater Overberg area, including Hermanus, Onrus, Caledon, Barrydale and Swellendam through to Heidelberg and Bredasdorp.

According to Dudley Annenberg, MD of Annenberg Property Group, opening in January 2017, Hermanus Medical Village brings a comprehensive range of cutting-edge medical facilities to this rapidly expanding node. He says situated in De Goede Street in close proximity to the provincial hospital and Mediclinic, this brand-new development will include a three theatre, 22-bed Hermanus Day Hospital, Hermanus Oncology Centre, Spescare, a 20-bed sub-acute facility and Hermanus Elderly Care Place frail care facility.

Annenberg says the day hospital concept has grown exponentially in the health sector, as it offers a cost effective facility to perform operations that do not require the patient to stay overnight.

Typical operations that are performed at a day hospital are general surgery, ophthalmology, gynaecology, urology, orthopaedic, maxillofacial, plastic surgery, ENT (ear, nose and throat) and dental.

Brian Evans, CEO of Hermanus Day Hospital, says Hermanus has a large population requiring medical facilities, and many patients have had to travel distances for certain procedures. He says their day hospital will be a doctor-driven facility, and by inviting all the local doctors to participate in this venture, they will ensure that they acquire the latest technology that enables them to provide medical care of the highest quality.

Annenberg says in addition, given the uniqueness of the town of Hermanus, with its scenic coastline, whale watching attractions and tranquil ambience, Hermanus Medical Village has the potential to be marketed overseas as a medical safari destination. For example, at the current exchange rate someone from the UK could afford to fly to South Africa and have plastic surgery at Hermanus Day Hospital for less than it will cost in their own country.

“The Overstrand Municipality insisted that we include an oncology centre, so Hermanus Medical Village will also include Hermanus Oncology Centre, which will be headed up by Dr John Duminy who hails from Klerksdorp Wilmed Park Hospital, where he was head of the branch of Doctors Alberts, Bouwer and Jordaan Inc for the past 10 years.”

According to Dr Duminy, previously, people residing in these areas would need to travel to Cape Town or Somerset West for oncology treatment, with the only other oncology facility in the region being even further afield in George on the Garden Route. In fact, he says their research has shown that a third of the patients at Somerset West’s oncology centre are from this region.

In Swellendam, at Doctors Boshoff & Partners’ practice, a premise has been obtained to start a peripheral outreach clinic to extend the services of Hermanus Oncology Centre to the community and all the surrounding towns. This will include appointments for newly diagnosed cancer patients, as well as follow-ups. In this way, he says they will have a facility where they bring a chemotherapy service to the community instead of having to drive lengthy distances to the nearest oncology centre.

The day hospital will be a doctor-driven facility, and by inviting all the local doctors to participate in this venture, they will ensure that they acquire the latest technology that enables them to provide medical care of the highest quality.

Annenberg says as an additional service offered to oncology patients, five rooms will provide on-site accommodation should they wish to stay overnight in private suites.

Supporting both the day hospital and oncology centre, as well as serving the greater Overstrand area is Spescare, there is a 20-bed sub-acute facility offering a comprehensive range of specialist rehabilitation services following an accident, illness or injury resulting in a physical or cognitive disability for those who require specialist medical rehabilitation via doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, social workers and case managers.

All these medical disciplines will occupy an entire wing of the village, while the other wing will be occupied by Hermanus Elderly Care Place, which offers a frail care facility with 20 private en suite rooms and 17 double en suite rooms on a rental basis. All these rooms will have balconies or patios, air-conditioning, DStv and monitored CCTV cameras.

To be managed by Medipartners, a division of Spescare, the facility will include a residents’ lounge or dining room leading onto a patio.

Notably, Annenberg says there are few dedicated upmarket frail care facilities in the Western Cape, as generally they are an ‘add-on’ within a retirement development in order to attract buyers. He says by offering this option on a rental basis, it makes frail care more easily accessible as and when required.

Stanley Snyman, CEO of Spescare, says what makes this specific service offering unique is that permanent accommodation is offered within a private health establishment, giving the resident the peace of mind that their care and well-being is not only monitored by professional nursing staff, but they also have access to a multidisciplinary team of people including doctors, nurses and support staff.

He says the permanent accommodation at Hermanus Medical Village will cater for single residents, as well as couples with en suite living units.

Annenberg Property Group has also developed St Stephen’s Cure Day Hospital, Oncology Centre and sub-acute facility in Skool Street in Northern Paarl, as well as the Panorama Healthcare Centre in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs, with Hermanus Medical Village being the group’s third foray into the market. During the course of next year (2017), two more such projects will be developed in other suburbs of the Western Cape.

For more information, email or contact Dudley on 021 465 7780.
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