Port Alfred Hospital placed on divert

Members of the public are advised that the emergency department at Port Alfred Hospital will be on divert from Wednesday, 13 June 2018 until further notice.

“People requiring urgent medical attention are advised to either contact their family doctor or go to the emergency department at Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown for assistance.

The province’s Department of Health (DoH) and Nalithemba are jointly responsible for staffing of Port Alfred Hospital’s emergency department, which serves both private and public sector patients. The temporary closure of the facility is due to industrial action by the DoH staff members, and unfortunately beyond Nalithemba management’s control,” says Marianne Stiglingh, clinical services manager of the public private partnership facility.

“Emergency medical services providers, doctors, Settlers Hospital and other relevant stakeholders have been notified that Port Alfred Hospital is on divert to Settlers Hospital until further notice,” adds Stiglingh.

“From our side, we have to place the emergency department on divert until the staff members return to work unconditionally, in order not to compromise clinical patient care or patient safety,” Stiglingh concluded.

Issued by: MNA on behalf of Nalithemba

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