GF Jooste Hospital to get facelift

The Western Cape Health Department on Friday announced plans to reconstruct the GF Jooste Hospital.

Hospital. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department on Friday announced plans to reconstruct the GF Jooste Hospital.

Officials said the facility will be closed for renovations in March 2013.

The department said the Mitchells Plain Hospital should be ready to take over health services from GF Jooste.

Authorities said the upgrade is essential, as the hospital does not offer paediatric or obstetric services.

GF Jooste Hospital was opened in 1976 as a convalescent home, but was refurbished into an acute hospital with emergency services.

The department said the hospital was not designed to effectively treat patients.

Bulldozers will move in by April 2013, when the facility will be demolished and rebuilt.

The project will cost the province around R550 million.

The hospital currently treats just over 2,000 patients a month.

The department hopes that with the completion of the project, GF Jooste will bring the number of hospital beds in the Mitchells Plain District to nearly 1,000.

The redesign of the hospital has not been finalised.