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Cure Day Clinics Take Part in COHSASA Accreditation Programme

The Cure Day Clinics Group is entering all its hospitals in the quality improvement and accreditation programme of COHSASA.

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The Cure Day Clinics Group is entering all its hospitals in the quality improvement and accreditation programme of the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) to ensure that it provides safe, quality care to all its patients.

Following the accreditation of two Cure Day hospitals, Managing Director at the Cure Day Clinics Group, Bert von Wielligh, decided to enter the remaining six facilities into the programme because he believes that COHSASA accreditation adds value to the services provided.

COHSASA is the only African health service assessment body accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). It has been operating on the continent for the past 22 years and has worked in all types of healthcare facilities.

The philosophy that underpins Cure Day Clinics is to provide private healthcare that is more affordable and therefore more accessible to more South Africans.

Beginning operations at Medkin in March 2008, Cure Day Clinics – wholly owned by doctors and incorporating an authentic BBBEE partnership – has grown to eight facilities. Four of these are in Gauteng (Medkin, Midstream, Erasmuskloof and Fourways), one in Bloemfontein and three in the Western Cape in Paarl, Somerset West and Bellville.

It is the Somerset West and Bellville hospitals that have recently been accredited by COHSASA. Both facilities achieved impressive scores with Cure Day Clinics Somerset West achieving a score of 96 out of a possible 100 and Cure Day Clinics Bellville scoring 95.

Included in this accreditation process is the assessment of compliance with the South African Society of Anaestheologists (SASA) guidelines on procedural sedation and analgesia.

Procedural Sedation has gained popularity as a cost-effective alternative to general anaesthesia for certain procedures. While the safety of procedural sedation is not in dispute, its administration requires strict adherence to internationally accepted practice guidelines.

SASA issued the guidelines for all practitioners providing sedation. Prof James Roelofse and his colleagues in the Society of Sedation Practitioners of South Africa (SOSPOSA) developed the guidelines to incorporate all aspects of patient safety in procedural sedation. Patient safety is a key component of all COHSASA’s healthcare standards.

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