CAPE TOWN - Brackengate field hospital in Cape Town has been completed and accepted its first Covid-19 patients on Monday.
The facility is the third field hospital in the Western Cape to open with the CTICC and Khayelitsha field hospitals to be the others.
During the construction of the facility, the Stormers came to lend a helping hand by personally putting together some beds and touring the current development.
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Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility provides 330 beds with Western Cape Premier Alan Winde saying, "This facility, like the CTICC Hospital of Hope, provides intermediate care to patients who require hospitalisation and oxygen, but who are not critical. The facility is equipped with oxygen at each bed, and a further eight beds fitted for high flow nasal oxygen."
The facility, which is just off the R300 in Cape Town, boasts a modern look, adopting a paperless system and provides wifi to patients helping them keep in touch with their loved ones.
Yesterday, the hospital accepted its first 10 Covid-19 patients with the first patient arriving with an extremely warmhearted welcome from all staff singing and dancing.
[WATCH] Our Brackengate temporary hospital accepted the 1st patient today, making it the WC’s 3rd field hospital to open. The 1st patient was admitted to the 330 bed hospital this afternoon where he received a heartwarming welcome&round of applause from healthcare workers.🙏🏼🏥📢 pic.twitter.com/z7DG8Xa4dx— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) July 20, 2020
In a statement, Premier Winde said, "We wish all of those who enter through its doors well as they recover. We also extend our thanks to the many people including Western Cape Health Minister Nomafrench Mbombo and Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela, to the officials and the healthcare workers who have ensured that we have been able to provide this service to people, with just a short time to prepare"
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