The Western Cape Government has officially taken control of the former Netcare Ceres Hospital in South Africa.
The facility will be repurposed to serve the Ceres population.
With plans to transform it into a community day centre and incorporate a transitional care unit by the end of next year, construction works are expected to begin this November.
The hospital has been operating at high bed occupancy rates, and the increasing burden of mental health patients has added pressure.
Initiatives are being implemented to improve mental healthcare, including strengthening the local mental health forum and establishing an acute psychiatric unit.
Critical staff vacancies have also been filled to enhance healthcare services in the hospital.
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Ceres Hospital medical manager Dr Elton Titus said: “The newly acquired building and the newly built acute psychiatric unit will give us a significant opportunity to improve the quality of patients’ care and ease pressure on the services, freeing up space for additional beds at Ceres Hospital.
“Ceres Clinic’s services will move to the newly acquired building, which will also host a transitional care facility, and become the hub from which rehab staff offers services to the community.
“This is in line with the 2030 bed plan of the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness to increase the official number of beds from 86 to 112 for Ceres Hospital.”