Netcare subsidiary, Medicross in collaboration with the Link Hills Medical Centre has opened the doors to its new sub-acute and rehabilitative care facility in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Medicross Highway Sub-acute and Rehabilitation Hospital is the first purpose-built facility in the region combining sub-acute and rehabilitation services, according to a statement issued by Netcare. The new hospital forms part of Medicross’ expansion into the provision of sub-acute and rehabilitative care.

The facility will provide patients with nursing care and an individualised care plan that is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of rehabilitation experts including doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, psychologists, biokineticists and social workers.

The facility has a large, well-equipped rehabilitation gymnasium which forms the central hub of the facility with two wards arranged on either side.

“The entire facility has been specifically designed with a homely feel in mind. Highway offers a warm and comforting environment as our research has indicated that people feel better if they are in a less clinical environment. We have therefore tried to steer away from the clinical, hospital approach,” said Director of Medicross Highway Sub-acute and Rehabilitation Hospital, Wayne Barr.

The facility has capacity to care for 30 patients and will provide 24-hour post-acute care for patients who are recovering from illness or surgery, including those who have had orthopaedic procedures such as hip or knee replacements, heart surgery and strokes or other neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, as well as a range of chronic medical conditions.

“The establishment of such a facility is completely aligned to our vision for Netcare’s Primary Care Division which has, over the last year or two, moved away from managing health care risk and medical aid administration towards focussing solely on delivering patient care of the highest quality at the most appropriate level of care,” said CEO of Netcare, Dr Richard Friedland.

“Our expanding sub-acute and rehabilitation network is catering to the growing need for appropriate care for patients who may no longer need acute or specialised healthcare but who do require multidisciplinary restorative or rehabilitative care until they are well enough to return home,” concluded Friedland.

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