Leratong Hospital: A new Paediatric Ward

Leratong Hospital is a flagship project of SAME. The hospital serves a catchment area of over 1.2 million people. Over the years, the Foundation has made an immense improvement to healthcare delivery at the hospital, completely renovating and equipping areas such as Accident & Emergency, Walk-in Casualty, the Maternity unit, a paediatric unit, the Neonatal unit and the Antenatal Clinic. This continues our long-term project giving quality healthcare to communities that need it the most.

Our current focus for Leratong Hospital: mother and child healthcare
2013: Neonatal Ward complete
2014: Maternity Ward complete
2015: Paediatric Ward (Orthopaedic & Surgical) complete
2016: Antenatal Ward complete
2017: Paediatric Ward (diseases, pneumonia, meningitis etc.) Current project.

The Problem
Leratong hospital’s paediatric often runs at over capacity, a common crisis that we find at hospitals serving a large catchment area. This causes a crisis situation where there are more children than the hospital has equipment for. Children often have to share equipment, which creates a threat of cross-infection and disease outbreaks. The facility is aged and urgently needs infrastructure modernisation and vital medical equipment. Ward 3 sees on average 1000 child patients a year, and doctors and nurses are in dire need of an area that is hygienic so that they can deliver the appropriate medical care needed.

The Solution
SAME will establish a brand new paediatric ward. Once complete, it will be an exceptional area to alleviate the pressure of over-capacity, reduce cross-infection and deliver exceptional healthcare to the community.

The new unit will be fully equipped with the latest medical technology to ensure that doctors have access to the necessary equipment to do their jobs effectively and that the facility runs optimally.

The importance of this project
Everyone has the right to receive quality healthcare when they are at their most vulnerable. This is especially important to children and ensuring a good quality of life. Taking into consideration the social challenges currently faced in disadvantaged communities, it is clear why this is an extremely important project.