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COVID-19 Update at Lenmed Hospitals

As the second wave of COVID-19 makes its way through our country the Lenmed Group would like to reassure the community of our preparedness to deal with current and expected surges in the virus within the communities in which our hospitals operate.

Currently, the Group has witnessed a sharp and sustained increase in COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the KwaZulu-Natal region with a surge noted at facilities in Gauteng.

On the first signs of a second surge in COVID-19 cases, our teams immediately began adapting to adjust relevant infrastructure and resources to prepare for an increase in COVID-19 patients. Due to the experience gained during the course of 2020, this was accomplished swiftly and with relative ease. The challenge for all healthcare providers throughout the country and the globe at large, is to effectively manage constrained medical professional resources and equipment. Lenmed has in place focussed teams overseeing this on a daily basis.

The safety of our patients, employees, doctors and community members remains our collective priority and responsibility. The Group continues to ensure all safety protocols are in place, the availability of PPE of the requisite quality and the constant reinforcement of infection prevention protocols throughout facilities. All of this is carefully implemented and monitored while always ensuring the Lenmed spirit of warmth and compassion permeates all that we do.

Should capacity at our hospitals reach a critical level, and resources such as ventilators become restrained, patients will be assessed according to an internationally recognised triage system. Patients will be transferred to other facilities where required and if possible.

This year has certainly brought us many challenges. Lenmed assures you that our dedicated teams have worked tirelessly to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the best possible care during time spent with us. It is our hope that together we can look forward towards a brighter future where we find ourselves with renewed optimism and much strengthened resilience.

All Lenmed hospitals remain fully operational during this time. Demarcated low risk ‘green’ areas are in place for all non-COVID related admissions, procedures and conditions. All COVID-19 cases will be isolated from our ‘green’ areas.

Over the past few months, we have experienced the detrimental effect delaying treatment has had on our community members. As we all are aware, the sooner we are able to treat any condition, the better the outcome. We appeal to our communities to not leave it too late to seek care.

Lenmed appreciates and acknowledges the important role loved ones play in the recovery of our patients. Visitors, at present, and as the safety of our patients, employees, doctors and community members is our collective priority and responsibility, are severely restricted. This is subject to change, however, a comprehensive ‘virtual visitation’ offering, making use of video calling technology, is also available, to ensure that contact between patients, their family and friends can continue. Please contact your Lenmed hospital for local details.

On behalf of the Lenmed family, we would like to extend our best wishes to our communities for the new year – please continue to remain vigilant in these trying times.

For further information please contact our Group Marketing and Communications Manager at michelle.naidoo@lenmed.co.za.