IFHE
International Federation of Hospital Engineering
28.11.2013
Flash floods Vergelegen Medi Clinic Somerset West
From Steve Drinkrow in South Africa we have got this message and video: "We moved 129 patients to 6 hospitals including patients on ventilators ,between 21h00 on the Friday night till 3h00 the next morning. At one stage we could not...."

The flood was caused by the collapse of a drainage channel nearby. Drinkow reports:

We moved 129 patients to 6 hospitals including patients on ventilators ,between 21h00 on the Friday night till 3h00 the next morning . At one stage we could not bring in ambulances due to the water level & the local community including my daughter moved them to the ambulances using our private 4x4’s.

Today we opened 4 of the 7 theatres & 90 of the 200 beds  including the ICU!, the doctors rooms have been operational since Monday, we should be fully operational by end January. The damage is estimated at around $20 million.

We are busy with a redesign of the old section of the hospital & hope to start rebuilding above the 50 year flood line by April next year . This will include new Cardiac Theatres , Cardiac ICU ,Cath. Lab , Emergency, X-ray, Paediatric ,& Maternity .Phase 2 will be Kitchens , Workshop & doctors rooms. Regards PS we lost no patients & delivered one baby in the flooded maternity ward.