Electronic patient system still not working at new Natalspruit Hospital

January 8, 2015

Bloom,-JackPatients at the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus face delays and inconvenience because the paperless electronic patient system has still not been implemented properly.

I discovered this yesterday when I visited there and spoke to patients who complained that every time they came they had to re-register on the electronic system because it did not record their previous details.

This is a major flaw that I had hoped would be fixed after my previous visit in October last year when hospital management said it was a teething problem.

It seems that staff have still not been trained to use the electronic system, so it slows things down instead of speeding it up. There have also been a spate of staff resignations because of the pressure of patient numbers.

Many patients said that service was better at the old Natalspruit Hospital.

This is a sad observation as R1.7 billion was spent on the new hospital which is a magnificent facility.

Hospital management needs to improve soon so that patients get decent care without lengthy delays.

 

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Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

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