Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital CEO, Dr Freddy Kgongwana, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University vice-chancellor, Professor Chris de Beer and Royal Norwegian Embassy, Paal Bjørnestad during the launch of the healthcare exchange programme at the university. Picture: Virgilatte Gwangwa
Pretoria  -  SEFAKO Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) and Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital are proud to be sending local nurses to Haukeland University Hospital in Norway for a period of six months. 

The two nurses, Karabo Maimane and Colisiwe Ribombo will study to strengthen their competence in traumatology and emergency care in the country.

This was revealed during the healthcare exchange programme by the university and the hospital in partnership with with the Fredskorpset Norway at the university this morning. 

The exchange and the study abroad is aimed at strengthening the competence in trauma care for personnel from SMU and George Mukhari hospital  through the exchange of personnel in the field of emergency medicine.


Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital CEO, Dr Freddy Kgongwana, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University vice-chancellor, Professor Chris de Beer and Royal Norwegian Embassy, Paal Bjørnestad during the launch of the healthcare exchange programme at the university. Video: Virgilatte Gwangwa


"The programme is central to the vision that we have as the university especially on the strategy to build on research and clinical capacity. 

The people going there are nurses at the hospital and because we have a bigger programme and relationship with the hospital, our student nurses will benefit greatly once these nurses come back," the university's Vice-chancellor Professor Chris de Beer said.
 
The hospital's CEO, Dr Freddy Kgongwana said the hospital needed to improve in terms of processes and systems, things which the Haukeland University Hospital was good at.
 
Due to the programme, the hospital currently has Dr Bjørn Christensen (specialist surgeon) and Olav Posch (nurse) from Haukeland University Hospital working at the trauma and emergency centre since. 

The local nurses are set to leave for Norway next week Friday.