RELAY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES Filling the gap Emergency and medical services in the Eastern Cape has been a troublesome and controversial topic for a number of years, but a new service provider in the Nelson Mandela Metro and surrounds aims to raise the bar. RELAY Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was recently established by well-known PE-based company, CompSol (an IOD claims administrator and management company), and since day one the team’s number one objective is to provide the highest level of care when lives are at stake. CEO and founder of CompSol, Fritz Lüttich says: “We applied the same principles to RELAY EMS that made CompSol a success. Inefficiencies in the IOD claim process opened a gap for a company such as CompSol, and by developing and applying the right processes, systems, training and people we have been able to ensure our clients payment by the Compensation Fund. “We have since acknowledged that in the Nelson Mandela Metro and surrounds, emergency and medical services suffer from huge issues such as being understaffed, under resourced and poorly equipped. There is also the global “brain drain” which is taking many of South Africa’s trained and experienced paramedics offshore.” While Lüttich won’t be drawn into generalising as there are good emergency response outfits out there, he had seen enough to be concerned at the quality of treatment being received by patients, some of them in life threatening situations, which prompted him to launch the service. “There are three levels of emergency medical care practitioners – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. You can imagine that advanced skills are required to manage certain emergency conditions or situations. This is sadly not always the case. You also need appropriate vehicles and advanced equipment. For example, we are the only service in the area with an ICU incubator – essential for premature babies. Importantly, your paramedics need to arrive on the scene fresh and motivated – . . .
Pier 14 Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth played host to the final blood drive of National Blood Donor Month last week, under the theme “Every blood donor is a hero”. The drive saw 74 potential donors come forward, which resulted in 52 successful donations and exceeded the South African National Blood Service’s target of 50 units. SANBS public relations practitioner Nina van Wyk said what made the blood drive more remarkable was the fact that over 50 per cent of participants were first-time donors. “Our hope is that they can now be recruited for future blood drives and become regular donors.” According to Van Wyk, the Eastern Cape branch of the SANBS required 3 725 units per month to meet the existing need. “Currently, we are experiencing a blood shortage with only 2.9 days’ stock on hand, while we need at least five days’ stock in reserve.” Van Wyk said the SANBS’s aim was to make blood donation as easy and accessible as possible, which was why the shopping centre was chosen as a suitable venue. “We always experience good support from Pier 14 and look forward to an ongoing partnership.” Sophia Steyn of centre management said blood donation was a vital community service and that Pier 14 was happy to assist in highlighting the work of the SANBS wherever it could. She said those shoppers who gave blood were true heroes. “Donating blood costs you nothing but doing your bit can literally save someone else’s life.” Umhlobo Wenene DJs Amaza Ntshanga and Nonala Tose broadcast their show live from the centre, keeping the public informed with regular updates and encouraging shoppers to get involved. Go to www.facebook.com/Pier14PE to see more photos. For further information, contact Pier 14 centre management on 041 484 1229 or email@example.com. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 041 368 4992 082 575 7991 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fullstopcom.com On behalf of: Pier 14 Shopping Centre More Info: . . .
National Blood Donor Month culminates with a blood drive at Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Friday. This year’s theme is “Every Blood Donor is a Hero” and the final drive aims to collect at least 50 units of blood for the South African National Blood Service. “This special drive concludes a very successful month and allows the public to become a hero to someone and discover the hero within themselves by donating a unit of blood,” says SANBS’s PR practitioner Nina van Wyk. The blood drive will take place from 10am to 5pm in the Pep promotional court. Potential donors must be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh 50kg or more, lead a sexually safe and healthy lifestyle and have had a good meal at least four hours before donating. Umhlobo Wenene FM will be broadcasting live from the centre between 12pm and 3pm and will keep the public informed with regular updates. For more information, contact Pier 14 centre management on 041 484 1229, email email@example.com More Info: http://www.facebook.com/notes/pier-14-shopping-centre/pier-14-celebrates-national-blood-donor-month/397377850326569 Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Umhlobo Wenene FM’s DJ Lulu (front) will join the South African National Blood Service’s local head of marketing Elize van Zyl and donor educator Msimelelo Lose at the final blood drive for National Blood Donor Month at Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Friday. Photographer - Photo: Supplied [/l2g] . . .
Herewith a statement read by Dr Basil Brown on behalf of the heads of units of the PE Hospital Complex. Delivered in Port Elizabeth at 16:00 on Monday, 25 June 2012. THE EASTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PORT ELIZABETH HOSPITAL COMPLEX (Incorporating Provincial, Livingstone and Dora Nginza Hospitals) 25 June 2012 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE HEADS OF UNITS OF THE PE HOSPITAL COMPLEX We, the Clinical Heads of Units (CHUs) of specialist departments at Dora Nginza, Livingstone and Provincial hospitals - which together comprise the PE Hospital Complex (PEHC)- have, after due deliberation, decided to issue a public statement on the crisis affecting service delivery at all PEHC hospitals. We are doing so because we feel that the Eastern Cape Department of Health (ECDOH) has proven itself to be incapable of dealing with the crisis The crisis we face is essentially due to the fact that the ECDOH has placed a moratorium on the appointment of new junior and specialist doctors, while at the same time not renewing the contracts of doctors who have worked in our department s previously. Doctors who have left by attrition or resignation have not been replaced, despite there being willing qualified applicants. To compound matters further, the salaries of a number of doctors who have worked on a sessional basis have not been paid since January. An equally serious situation affects the appointment of other vitally important health care workers, such as nurses and pharmacists. The outcome of this is to exacerbate the impact of the understaffing situation already existing in certain departments, while creating a similar crisis in others. If matters do not improve, levels of service will continue to drop, and there is a strong possibility of widespread resignations by disillusioned doctors in the service. This situation is already evident in the Casualty departments at Dora Nginza and Livingstone, where there are not enough doctors to run the units. All our . . .