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Admissions and CPR continue at Gauteng hospitals despite false rumours

Messages being shared on WhatsApp suggesting that several Gauteng hospitals have had to close have been confirmed as false.

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Rumours being circulated on WhatsApp that three major Gauteng hospitals have closed admissions and that they will no longer be administering resuscitation to COVID-19 patients in need have been dismissed as false by the Life Healthcare Group, who condemned the misleading messages for fuelling panic in the community. 

The WhatsApp messages alleged that the Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital, Life Glynnwood Hospital and Life Dalview Hospital have all become so inundated with admissions they can no longer cope with limited bed spaces, but the rumours have been debunked and health officials have confirmed that there are still enough beds and are capable of providing CPR to patients in need. They provide first aid and CPR training.

Gauteng hospitals remain functional  

Life Healthcare general manager for emergency medicine Dr Charl van Loggerenberg said that the information is false, and that “rumours and fake news fuel panic within communities”.

“We implore our communities to verify information before they share such information,” he said, adding that in order to avoid the fake messages becoming reality, South Africans must do their part to stem the spread of the deadly virus. 

“It is important for all South African’s to abide by the new lockdown requirements and to be responsible, wear a mask, sanitise and socially distance,” he said.

Bed space remains limited  

He insisted that any life-threatening emergency will always be received and attended to immediately at any Life Healthcare emergency unit, and that hospital capacity is fluid despite concerns over bed space in the province. 

According to Dr Gerrit de Villiers, Group General Manager of Clinical Performance at Mediclinic International, occupancies of general beds currently lie between 60-90% with significant volumes of patients in emergency centres”.

Van Loggerenberg said that while hospitals are doing their best to prepare for the incoming surge of patients that are expected as provinces near their second peaks, human resources remain limited. 

“The hospitals are prepared in terms of their tailored, scalable response plans, ensuring that we can respond to the changing environment as the patient needs change,” he said. 

“However, human resources and equipment are finite and there are constraints on the numbers of patients that can be cared for within our facilities.