Cape hospital to regain reputation

Eersterivier Hospital is running well after being pumped with additional resources.

Wheelchair in hospital

CAPE TOWN - Nurses and Doctors at the Eersteriver Hospital said Thursday they want to restore the facility's reputation.

Previous hospital management have been accused of mismanagement, including turning away patients to keep occupancy figures low .

Photo's also recently surfaced of patients sleeping on the floor in hospital wards and the trauma unit.

Interim hospital CEO Dr Jaco Van Heerden said they now needed to build on the changes that have been made at the facility.

The previous management have been called before a disciplinary hearing.

The Western Cape Health Department has allocated additional resources along with increasing the hospitals' budget.

But when Eyewitness News visited the hospital on Thursday, there were no signs of overcrowding.

Patient numbers apparently doubled at the facility when the facilty opened its doors to all residents.

Health MEC Theuns Botha said the hospital has seen a huge increase in bed occupation and emergency patients.

The hospital currently assists about 4000 patients a month which is nearly double the figure recorded over the same period last year.