An ever-increasing population in the Hermanus and surrounding Overberg areas and high demand for quality medical facilities has prompted Annenberg Property Group to develop a multi-disciplinary, state-of-the art medical centre in Hermanus, which will be known as Hermanus Medical Village.

The medical facility will cater for communities in the greater Overberg area including Hermanus, Onrus, Caledon, Barrydale and Swellendam through to Heidelberg and Bredasdorp.

“Opening in January 2017, Hermanus Medical Village brings a comprehensive range of cutting edge medical facilities to this rapidly expanding node,” said MD of Annenberg Property Group, Dudley Annenberg.

“Situated in De Goede Street in close proximity to the provincial hospital and Mediclinic, this brand new development will include the three-theatre, 22-bed Hermanus Day Hospital, Hermanus Oncology Centre, Spescare – a 20-bed sub-acute facility and Hermanus Elderly Care Place frail care facility,” continued Annenberg.

The day hospital is intended to be a cost effective facility were operations that don’t require the patient to stay overnight can be performed. Such operations include general surgery; ophthalmology; gynaecology; urology; orthopaedic; maxillofacial; plastic surgery, ear, nose and throat; and dental.

“Hermanus has a large population who require medical facilities and many patients have had to travel distances for certain procedures,” said CEO of Hermanus Day Hospital, Brian Evans.

“Our day hospital will be a doctor driven facility and by inviting all the local doctors to participate in this venture, we will ensure that we acquire the latest technology to enable us to provide medical care of the highest quality,” continued Evans.

The new Hermanus Oncology Centre at Hermanus Medical village will also play an important role in providing treatment to those in the Overstrand Municipality.

“People residing in these areas would need to travel to Cape Town or Somerset West for oncology treatment, with the only other oncology facility in the region being even further afield in George on the Garden Route. In fact, our research has shown that a third of the patients at Somerset West’s oncology centre are from this region,” said Dr John Duminy, who will be heading the new centre.

“In Swellendam, at the practice of Doctors Boshoff & Partners, a premise has been obtained to start a peripheral outreach clinic to extend the services of Hermanus Oncology Centre to the community and all the surrounding towns. This will include appointments for newly diagnosed cancer patients as well as follow-ups. In this way we will have a facility where we bring a chemotherapy service to the community instead of them having to drive lengthy distances to the nearest oncology centre,” continued Dr Duminy.

According to Annenberg, the Hermanus Medical Village will also include a 20-bed sub-acute facility offering a comprehensive range of specialist rehabilitation services that will be provided by doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, social workers and case managers.

All these medical disciplines will occupy an entire wing of the village while the other wing will be occupied by Hermanus Elderly Care Place, which will offer a frail care facility with 20 private en-suite rooms and 17 double en-suite rooms on a rental basis.

Annenberg Property Group has also developed St Stephen’s Cure Day Hospital, Oncology Centre and sub-acute facility in Skool Street in Northern Paarl as well as the Panorama Healthcare Centre in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs. During the course of 2017 two further healthcare projects are expected to be developed in other suburbs of the Western Cape.

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