Minister Mbombo opens two new wards at St Joseph’s Home

By Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, WC Minister of Health:

Today, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo officially opened two brand new wards at St Joseph’s Home; nicknamed Sweet Basil and Daisy.

The upgrade of the care centre is a flagship of the management of St Joseph’s Home.

This much needed upgrade was made possible by a generous overseas donation and totals R36 million. It is a complete facelift for the home with its new innovative child- and eco-friendly designs.

This 55 bed addition to the centre includes unique features such as:

– more emphasis on play spaces and stronger connections to planed outdoor courts

– windows at child eye level with wide window sills and built in benches

– high roof windows will treat children to a spectacle of clouds and a blue sky during  the day and stars at night

– an eco-friendly design using natural light, a natural flow of air to control  temperature and low sound-proof ceilings to create a homely atmosphere

– more showers, fewer baths

– special eco fire places

– spacious rehabilitation areas and family visiting spaces

– outside recreational areas

St Joseph’s Home started the construction of the brand new wards in 2014. This dream by St Joseph’s is now a reality – to create an excellent child-friendly intermediate facility for vulnerable children with life-threatening diseases.

St Joseph’s Home is a 140 bed care centre and operates as a Non-profit organization funded by the Department of Health as a partner. It is instrumental in providing paediatric intermediate care to children diagnosed with life threatening diseases, mainly from disadvantaged communities. The centre offers a wide range of paediatric, intermediate healthcare and related services.

From the Health budget we fund 117 beds in this facility, which totals R18.5 million per annum. This is approximately 25% of the total budget spend on funding to intermediate care facilities across the province.

St Joseph’s Home plays a key role in providing paediatric intermediate care as one of the few organisations of its kind in the province.

Patients are mainly referred to the home from Western Cape Government (WCG) facilities such as Redcross Children’s Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital.

“The WCG encourages partnerships with the private sector to aid the delivery of essential services to our communities. In today’s world of complex socio-economic issues, a crippling burden of disease, an increasing number of people who rely on the public healthcare system and the rising cost of healthcare, it is almost impossible to do anything alone. That is why the WCG is continuously striving to form active partnerships with organisations. Active Public Private Partnerships are imperative for achieving success in the provision of high quality healthcare services” said Mbombo.