Head of Department
Dr Omphile Mekgoe
Medical Officers: 12
Neonatal intensive care unit
It is a unit for critically ill babies. Most of the babies are nursed on ventilators because they cannot breath on their own due to severe respiratory distress and therefore need support for their breathing. Babies are closely monitored and are taken a good care of by neonatal professional nurses.
In neonatal unit, babies are nursed in neonatal ICU:Bedded NICU with open infant warmers ventilators. Each baby has their own monitor and his/her own suctioning. When babies are extubated, they are transferred to high care. If need be, the baby will be transferred to kangaroo mother care where he/she will be taken care of by a science professional and a neonatal nurse. The unit has been active for 15 years. Babies are booked by doctors via labour rooms or theatre or are transferred from clinics or referral hospital. The unit admits babies with prematurity, hialiemembrane disease, birth asfixia, meconium aspiration, respiratory distress syndrome, jaundice congenital abnormalities, babies with heat defects, micro prematurity, trancienttagiprea of the newborn, low birth weight, babies with hypyglycemia, babies with HIV and apnoec attacks.
Peads unit is a unit that give nursing care to children aged between 1 month-13 years. It offers care to neuro surgery patients and cardiology patients. The unit has been active for 12 years. Patients are refrerred to the unit by local clinics/ hospitals and others come straight from home. The unit primarily admits patients with severe acute malnutrition, pneumonia, gastroenteritis etc. it has 4 consultants, 4 medical officers, 2 community service doctors, and 8 inters. In the unit, health professionals uses machines such as ECG, defibrillator patient monitor, infusion pumps, High Blood meter, and pulse oximeter.
Peads clinic is an outpatient clinic that render comprehensive services to children aged . It specializes with ARU for wellness patients and medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, asthma, epilepsy and cardiac conditions. Peads clinic was established in 1999 and has been active to date. Patients get access to it through clinical/hospital referrals, self-referrals and emergency cases. It deals with patients who are diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition, pneumonia, epilepsy, asthma, pneumocystis, carrini pneumonia. The clinic has 2 Peadiatrics and other assisting nurses who use machines such as Dynaps, glaumeter machine and haemoglobin in assisting with the patient conditions. The staff in the unit has the required knowledge and skills, have respect and passion for what they do, have good team spirit and perform accordingly to their abilities.