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Old September 25th, 2007, 11:43 PM   #1
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#eThekwini heart and hospital centre - Hospital - 6F - Riverhorse Valley, Durban





Name: eThekwini heart and hospital centre
Location: Riverhorse Valley, Durban
Use: Hospital
Floors: 6F

Ethekwini Hospital & Heart Centre is a new healthcare facility and cardiac centre of excellence in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Construction of the hospital is well underway with an expected opening date in mid 2008. The hospital is breaking new ground, as the first black owned and managed cardiac centre in the province.

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- 250 beds
- Entire floor dedicated to Cardiac centre of excellence.
- Short stay unit
- Maternity suite
- Paediatric ward
- 7 theatres
- Clinical pharmacy for inpatients and outpatients
- State of the art radiology and pathology services
- Physiotherapy services
- 30 consulting rooms for specialists
- Staff crčche facilities
- 420 parking bays on level land

The hospital is owned and managed by Capensis Management (Pty) Ltd, a 100% black owned company headed by local businessman and qualified surgeon, Dr Diliza Mji.

Cardiac focus

Feasibility studies have indicated that South Africa, like the rest of the world, is experiencing an increase in the so called ‘lifestyle diseases’ of obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. All of these conditions raise the risk of heart disease and existing cardiac departments in Durban are already overstretched. The heart centre will ease this burden and provide specific care for cardiac patients in a purpose built environment.

The hospital will also feature maternity and paediatric wards as well as general wards, 30 consulting rooms for specialists and seven operating theatres.

Maximum efficiency

The R340 million project is co-funded by the Industrial Development Corporation and has been built to take advantage of state of the art technology which will allow for a high standard of patient care and increased operational efficiencies.
Everything about the hospital from the ward design to the sophisticated software and medical technology works towards the twin goals of superior health care and maximum efficiency.

Design

Public face

The public face of Ethekwini Hospital & Heart Centre comprises the wards, doctor’s offices, reception and visitor areas and includes a retail space with coffee shops, gift outlets and a pharmacy on the ground floor. In this area, particular attention has been paid to décor and signage and it has its own lift system. Most wards in the hospital are south facing to maximise natural daylight without the heat of direct sunlight. Studies have shown that natural light has a positive effect on a patient’s sense of wellbeing.

Private face

The private face of the hospital services the needs of the support staff and contains the laboratories, delivery and removal areas and houses the hospital kitchen. What you will have at the Ethekwini Hospital is essentially two communities working side by side.

Increased efficiencies

The benefits of such an approach include reduced noise and disruption in the patient and visitor areas and increased efficiencies throughout the hospital.
The EHHC project team comprises members from the medical and nursing professions as well as experienced hospital managers. In creating a brief for the architects, the EHHC team has considered every aspect to ensure that the new hospital will provide superior patient care in a highly efficient environment. This hospital incorporates best practice from the ground up and maintains the highest standards of infection control and medical technology in a pleasant environment.

Future Proof design

The hospital, due to open in 2008, has taken advantage of advances in medical and other technology. EHHC’s air conditioning technology restricts air movement between departments and includes filtration for infection control. The additional advantage is that temperature and humidity can be specifically controlled in different areas.

The electrical and data cabling requirements of the hospital have been designed to support the concept of a ‘digital hospital’. The hospital’s computer system will integrate clinical, financial and operational information and will allow staff to work in a ‘paper light’ environment. Test results and radiology images will be available to medical staff as they are performed. This means that a doctor in his rooms can view and interpret results as the patient is undergoing tests in the hospital. This will allow for faster diagnosis and treatment and, it is hoped, a reduced hospital stay for the patient.
Having a fully digital hospital requires an uninterrupted power supply. In designing the hospital, a generator which allows the hospital to remain fully operational for an indefinite period has been specified. In the event of a power failure, Ethekwini Hospital will continue as normal.

One of the particular elements of the brief was to create a facility that would serve the growing needs of the community. The plan for the hospital takes into account the immediate requirements and extrapolates them into the future. The building can be expanded at minimum cost and with little disruption to the existing hospital operations. The infrastructure will support advances in technology and will still be a state of the art medical facility years from now.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 09:36 AM   #2
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In Riverhorse?

Is this on the left hand side of the N2 when heading north towards Umhlanga?
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Old September 26th, 2007, 11:13 AM   #3
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have no idea hey. only posted cos i liked the designs i saw in the paper (cant find them all on the net!!!! damn) and cos its a predominently cardiac foccused centre.

The new government provincial hospital is opening up the road in kwamashu (6km) in 2009, so the area's lack of hospital's is being sorted out.

A new Virgin is to open next to this hospital
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Old September 26th, 2007, 11:17 AM   #4
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A virgin Active in Riverhorse? now Ive heard it all
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its a developing commercial node (over 65 000m2 of office space over and above the 100's of thousands of industrial space) plus the communities of Newlands, Parlock, Avoca, Effingham and Kwamashu are in very close vicinity. Plus its right next to the n2 highway where over 120 000 vehicles pass everyday... me thinks its a good spot
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True, busiest freeway in Durbs atm, esp that area there.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #7
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they did the widening to 8 lanes a year or 2 back and are planning on having 10 lanes by 2010 as the growth in traffic volume is so big...plus the airport will be that way too
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Old September 27th, 2007, 07:41 PM   #8
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They definitely need to widen that road. The widening a few years ago was mainly a re-striping of the existing pavement. The lanes are too narrow at present.

I still can't believe someone's going to put a hospital in Riverhorse. Amazing. In my mind, that area will always be nothing but weeds and water. Even now that I've seen the transformation, I still can't erase the memory of the swamp that it used to be.
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yeah but some influential companies are building their HQ's there, many IT companies from india are opening there SA offices in a top IT complex and alot of the construction industry have their baes there now. and obviously the logistics firms.

Its a perfect location
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Well 2 Parm companies are there, Mr Price, Jacoby Nichol, GRID construction, frieght company's, also Damiler Chrysler Trucking, so its really building up nicely now, plus they started on the other side of the N2 so that place is bussling as well too.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #11
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There are two major logistics companies that have opened on the inland side of the n2 there, with over 60 000m2 each. Plus a new "home centre" of 22 000m2 is to start rising soon
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went to visit the other day cos a mate works here and i have to say its the most amazing hospital i have ever in my life seen!!! and its a paperless one too. everything just works, and because its new and not many people are using it yet, the number of nurses to patients is incredible
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