Medical staff and facilities support

Although not a core programme CHOC has extended support to medical staff and the facilities in the paediatric oncology wards of the state-funded hospitals.

Medical staff support

Training & meetings for medical & nursing staff

For medical and nursing staff to keep abreast with global developments, they should attend training courses and conferences, both locally and internationally. It is also beneficial for the local doctors to meet experts in other countries to forge personal contacts with others in the profession. This enables online discussion of specific cases and collaboration on treatment. CHOC, in close consultation with the South African Children’s Study Group, assists with funding for attendance of relevant seminars and conferences.

Medical staff posts

Should hospital budgets be insufficient to provide adequate numbers of medical staff for effective treatment of children, CHOC has at times dedicated funding to enable the filling of vacant and necessary posts.

Non-medical & administrative support staff

The doctors and nursing staff members in treatment centres are generally under-resourced and work under sustained pressure. Hospitals are often unable to provide adequate support staff to undertake the more routine work, adding to the doctors and nurses’ already heavy workloads, with a potentially adverse effect on the effective treatment of the children. To avoid this, CHOC ensures that there is adequate volunteer support in treatment centres to minimise the non-medical workload of doctors and nurses thus freeing them to spend more time on the treatment and care of the children.

Medical facilities support

Maintenance and refurbishment of wards

As mentioned in Ward comforts CHOC works in close liaison with medical staff to ensure that the treatment facilities are of a high standard, with units providing a warm, child-friendly environment.

Although not a core programme, over the years CHOC has raised funds for, and overseen, some major refurbishments and some more minor renovations, where needed.

2014: The Gauteng South Region embarked upon an eight-month full-scale refurbishment of the children’s oncology ward at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. With the help of committed sponsors and The Cows the dream of creating a flagship ward for paediatric oncology units nationwide was realised. Between 600 and 800 patients are admitted to the day clinic per month whilst the in-patient ward 286, which currently has 26 beds, is home to children battling against cancer.

2012:  A new paediatric oncology unit opened at the Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth, after a renovation funded my money raised by CHOC.

2010 – 2012: The Cows sponsored an extensive upgrade and renovation of the paediatric oncology ward at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. This project was overseen by the Gauteng South Region and took two years. The same professional team that designed and built Soccer City worked with CHOC to upgrade this ward, to ensure that the children with cancer not only receive world-class treatment but are also treated it in a world-class facility.

Medical equipment and consumables

Financial constraints mean that the specialist treatment centres, which are mostly in the public sector, often operate without the equipment that is vital to providing the necessary treatment to children with cancer. On occasion CHOC has supplied equipment and consumables to the hospitals at the request of paediatric oncologists. Ongoing repairs, maintenance and servicing have also been provided.

 

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