Victoria Hospital – Endoscope Unit – GG1983855

Project Overview

Victoria Hospital is one the oldest health institutions (130 years old) in the country and is known through its history to be a centre of teaching excellence. Victoria Hospital remains one of the most requested sites by medical interns and students each year. Victoria Hospital maintain a service output far higher than similarly sized hospitals, offering a wide range of services from ophthalmology to paediatrics to orthopaedic surgery and serves the southern tip of the Western Cape peninsula, with a population close to 1million people. Their patients are at the lowest end of the income scale and are desperately in need of healthcare. Victoria Hospital has proved itself to be of a high caliber of managerial and clinical excellence and a commitment and acknowledged as one of the best administered hospitals in the province.

Scope Guide

Colonoscopy is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the world, with surgeons in the US performing 2.8 million colonoscopies in 2016. Despite it being such a common surgical procedure, many surgeons do not gain enough experience in this procedure during their training; consequently, we have many qualified surgeons who have not acquired adequate colonoscopy skills.

The scope guide device provides a three-dimensional image of the colon allowing the surgeon to understand the exact position of the colonoscope at any point during the colonoscopy. This is particularly useful during difficult
colonoscopies; and during training when the surgeon is relatively inexperienced. This scope guide also allows for a safer and more comfortable colonoscopy.

It is important to note that Victoria Hospital have already obtained most of the resources for this programme, including the services of a world renowned gastro-entorologist, Professor Sandie Thomson who will conduct the training. It is also worth noting that the training programme will include the training of staff at False Bay Hospital to perform gastroscopy. This will allow staff there to start a service for the False Bay Hospital patients.

Ultrasound Machine in the Emergency Centre – Victoria Hospital In 1816, when Rene Laennec created the stethoscope, it represented the most advanced medical technology at the time. For the first time, you could use an instrument to listen for fluid in a patient’s lungs or hear a child’s heartbeat while still in the womb. Today, the modern equivalent of the stethoscope is the ultrasound machine. They can use this machine to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions, from clots on the lung, to internal bleeding, even broken ribs, all at the patient’s bedside.
The area of medicine where this has been used most effectively used in recent years is the emergency department. Emergency physicians have rapidly up skilled and ultrasonography is now an essential part of their
training. The main beneficiaries of course are the patients who can now receive rapid, accurate diagnosis and
treatment in the emergency department.

Paediatric Saturation Monitors

Many of the admissions to the paediatric ward are young children (3 months to 6 years) with respiratory problems. Each of these children should have their own saturation monitor for constant monitoring of their breathing. Presently monitors are shared between children. This is of course less than ideal, and this could be remedied by providing saturation monitors for each patient with respiratory problems.

New Saturation Monitors in use at Victoria Hospital

Partial subsidisation of Masters Degrees

Each year, the department of health provides funds for training courses. Unfortunately, this does not extend to master’s or PhD level. Consequently, interested staff members are discouraged from enrolling at this level due
to the significant costs involved. We wish to encourage staff to study at the master’s level by offering a partial subsidisation of their training. Our proposal is a partial subsidisation, of a master’s degree, capped at R20 000, preferable for the second year of study. We believe that this would add value to the hospital and staff, as well as fulfill our mandate to develop leaders within our organisation

Project Spend includes

Bursaries Universities
Scope guide
Saturation monitors
Signage and contingencies

Total budget: R 1 000 662

List any other partners that will participate in this project.

District 9350
Rotary Club of Sea Point

Rotary Cub of Wynberg

District 5170
Fremont Rotary
Fremont Morning Rotary
Fremont, Union City Newark Rotary
Mission San Jose Rotary
Newark Rotary
Niles Rotary

District 1890
Rotary Club Hamburg-Deichtor.


Grant December 2018

Status in progress

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