The field hospital at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) may be closed down by mid-September due to the decrease of Covid-19 cases in the Metro.
The Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, made the announcement on Thursday, saying other contributing factors are the low admissions to the hospital and the expiry of the City’s contract with the CTICC. The 864-bed facility currently has less than 60 admissions. Winde says that the last patient date for the CTICC hospital is 18 August.
During the digital conference, the Premier announced that capacity at field hospitals across the provinces are as follows:
- The Hospital of Hope at the CTICC currently has 57 admissions, down from 91 last week.
- The Brackengate facility has 54 admissions, up from 47 admissions last week.
- The Khayelitsha Thusong Centre Field Hospital has officially been closed, and there are no longer any admissions at this facility. The MSF has moved the capacity to the Eastern Cape. Patients needing Covid-19 treatment will be provided healthcare at the Khayelitsha Hospital or at Brackengate.
- The first patients will be admitted at the 63 bed Sonstraal Hospital in the Winelands on Thursday.
- Additional bed capacity is also being added in Hermanus (32), Vredendal (20) and George (20).
Talking on the CTICC field hospital, the Premier said, “Since opening its doors, it has welcomed 1 502 patients for treatment, discharging 95% (1440 patients) to date. It has made the most notable difference to our Covid-19 response, allowing for acute care capacity to open up at our main hospitals. In doing so, it has saved the lives of many people in our province,”.
From Friday, 14 August patients will be moved to the 330-bed facility at the Brackengate field hospital, which will become Cape Town’s central facility.