PLANS to upgrade the burns unit at Frere Hospital are afoot, with an estimated R150000 set to be used to purchase a state-of-the-art hydraulic trolley.
Plans also include the purchase of laparoscopic instruments to replace the old equipment.
The shower trolley is designed to provide a safe hygienic method for burns dressings.
“It was built about 50 years ago and nothing has changed in this ward since, just the staff,” said paediatric surgeon Dr Milind Chitnis at a recent event for Eyabantwana: For the Children.
Even though the hydraulic trolley still functions, it is not ideal for patients. They have to climb in and out and cleaning it in between patients is an inconvenience.
“What is used in established institutions and hospitals can take a patient and there is a special shower where you will shower the patient and clean all the wounds. That is what we are going to install in the dressing room and burns ward,” Chitnis said.
The dressing room will also be renovated. “We are going to make it nice and warm. We are going to paint the rest of the wall in bright colours that will be good for the children too.”
The renovations are expected to be completed in two months’ time.