Most South African medical aid providers do not offer coverage for cosmetic procedures (both surgical and non-surgical). With bank loans being difficult and time consuming to obtain, MediFin - a specialised financial services provider that provides solutions for the consumer - is at the forefront of responding to challenging conditions in the healthcare market. Surgical and non-surgical procedures have become increasingly difficult to attain for many South Africans. With surgical procedures for breast reduction or enhancement ranging between R 30 000 and R 60 000, cosmetic specialist Dr Nerina Wilkinson says: “Many patients have difficulty in financially planning for breast surgery and some patients consult me for many years before they can afford the procedure.” MediFin provides patients with a great solution, giving them the option of “realizing their dreams and having their surgical procedure done” now, by offering financial solutions that provide patients with easy payment terms and conditions. Trained as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Nerina Wilkinson developed a passion for cosmetic surgical procedures that strive for natural looking results while enhancing physical appearance. Her surgery includes cosmetic surgery for all areas of the body, inlcuding well-known procedures such as liposuction and tummy tucks. However, breast surgical procedures are what she enjoys the most. “Because I am a female plastic surgeon I am able to connect with my patients and I understand their concerns and expectations. All forms of breast surgery (be it enlarging, reducing or lifting) can transform a patient’s confidence affecting every aspect of their lives. I love being a part of that transformation experience.” Breast surgery can be for cosmetic or re-constructive reasons particularly after mastectomy surgery. In the case of surgery for breast cancer patients, a new breast can be reconstructed by using silicone breast implants. More complicated micro-surgical . . .
A relaxing escape to restore mind-body balance [JOHANNESBURG, 24 October 2014] – Nestled in the leafy suburb of Saxonwold, Johannesburg, The EQuilibrium Centre for Wellbeing is a beautiful, new facility ideally suited to calming the stresses and strains of modern living. Founder Salochanee Reddy, in pursuit of a more authentic and balanced life, took a sabbatical from the high energy events and conference management business, to pursue teacher certifications at the Chopra Center University. Based in California, USA, the centre was founded by world renowned spiritual leader and author of more than 80 bestselling books, Dr Deepak Chopra. Reddy’s sought-after certifications in Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Primordial Sound Meditation, make her the country’s first South African-born Chopra certified instructor among just under 1000 worldwide. “In addressing my personal challenges of stress management, emotional difficulties and weight management, I found the most important influence was the realisation that I am totally accountable and responsible for all my actions and wellbeing on a daily basis,” she reveals. “I found it challenging to find a place where emphasis is placed on total wellbeing at one facility for mind, body, soul and emotional balancing without any stigmas, dogmas and judgement,” she adds. Tranquil Suburbia Launched in October 2014, the EQuilbrium Centre is a tranquil haven that is steadily becoming a place of healing and restoration from urbanised living. It houses EQuilibrium Yoga and Pilates Studio, EQ Natural Day Spa and a venue catering for special workshops, retreats or corporate wellbeing packages. Each facility is tailored to target all-round physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellness. The centre’s signature Perfect Health Workshop sees Reddy join forces with renowned integrated medical practitioner, Dr Ela Manga, to blend the healing arts of the East with the best of modern Western Medicine. Based on the . . .
The annual Kids for Kids initiative kicks off for the fifth successive year this November, Sea Harvest will donate the money raised to the Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and paediatric healthcare in the Western Cape. During the four-month campaign, running from November 2014 to February 2015, a portion of the sales of every crumbed Sea Harvest product sold will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Trust. Sea Harvest has pledged R300 000 this year. Sea Harvest is South Africa’s leading black-empowered commercial fishing company that provides local, sustainably caught Cape Hake. Since 2010 Sea Harvest’s Kids for Kids Initiative has donated more than R1million to the Trust for various projects at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, including a Surgical Skills Training Centre, a General Medical Ward, a new Medical Imaging Complex, and a Childsafe Research and Educational Centre. “Kids love our crumbed products,” said Sea Harvest CFO John Paul de Freitas, “by donating money from the sales of these products to the Children’s Hospital Trust, kids are literally helping other kids.” De Freitas said this year’s funds would go towards funding a Weekend Waiting List Initiative at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where the long waiting list for non-critical surgeries is tackled on Saturdays. The Children’s Hospital Trust CEO, Louise Driver, said: “We are delighted to once again be the beneficiary of such a worthy campaign. Thanks to donors, like Sea Harvest, we are able to not only fund much-needed building projects, but also equipment needs, research, training and in this case, actual surgeries. This enables us to maintain the Hospital’s reputable status as a state-of-the-art child health institution that impacts on the healthcare of children in Africa and globally.” According to Dr Anita Parbhoo, Medical Manager at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, the Hospital’s excellent national and international . . .
Cape Town, 29 October 2014 – The newly formed Child Speech and Hearing Programme, a three-way partnership between The Children’s Hospital Trust, the Western Cape Government Health Department and the Carel Du Toit Centre, that aims to address the lack of provincial access to Speech – Language and Audiology Services in public healthcare, was this year’s beneficiary of the annual Pearl Valley Celebrity Golf Day charity event which took place on 23 September 2014. The event raised R200 000 for the Programme. Teeing off at 12:30pm, all four-ball team slots were sold, after record interest was secured from leading sportsmen and radio personalities. Celebrities included current and former SA cricketers Dale Steyn, Dave Rundle and Craig Matthews; former Springbok rugby players Schalk Burger, Rob Louw, Chester Williams, Werner Greeff, Toks van der Linde, De Wet Barry, Marius Joubert, Hanyani Shimange, Charl Marais and Nick Mallet, a former Springbok rugby coach and player. “Even though the Estate is a respite from the everyday stresses of life, we still carry a moral responsibility to support those involved in the betterment of others, and the Western Cape’s public healthcare services are in dire need of support, when it comes to preventative, rehabilitative and curative services care for children” says Gawie Marx, General Manager for Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate. Speech, language and hearing problems lead amongst the most common childhood disorders. Very limited Paediatric Speech, Language and Audiology services are available in the Western Cape, with children often referred to tertiary hospitals for diagnosis and treatment. However these services struggle to address the extent of the need, with over 800 children on a waiting list at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s Speech Therapy department. The Children’s Hospital Trust has committed to raising R3million to support a process to pilot the implementation of the newly designed model. “It was . . .
How can Hospitals protect themselves against the spread of Ebola With over 4,900 deaths from Ebola since it's outbreak, it's not a surprise that Western Cape hospitals are preparing should a case be found in South Africa. Particle Science has worked with a number of hospitals in The Western Cape and Gauteng region to make sure that their environment are controlled and up to standard. 6 days ago Eye Witness News covered the announcement by Tygerberg Hospital that they have "all systems in place should Ebola hit South Africa." Tygerberg Hospital has specialist equipment and isolation wards, also known as infectious disease wards, which will be used if any Ebola cases are detected in South Africa. While there are no cases of the deadly virus in the country, authorities aren't taking any chances and have put in place a plan. The hospital's storage room is filled with plastic protective gear like safety goggles, gloves and gumboots. All this will be needed to protect health workers if there is an Ebola outbreak. Isolation boxes to treat patients that need to be transported and special body bags are also on hand. It is important, however, for all hospitals to have the correct safety equipment and protective gear should there be a need for cases to be treated. The key to the effectiveness of BSL-4 personal protective equipment (PPE) comes down to two things: One is the impenetrability of the material of which the suit is constructed. They’re very tough, heavy flexible polymers that one would have to work very hard to puncture or cut. Two is the High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter; forced-air, powered units which provide filtered air to the individual in the suit. There is no chance for the intrusion of ambient air. A decent HEPA filter in good repair will filter out viruses. Many BSL-4 suits used in laboratory applications actually have hoses that provide dedicated airflow from outside the work area, forcing the worker to remain tethered to their air . . .
When a child develops cancer, it is natural for the parents and caregivers to look for reasons, or something to blame. They ask questions about the food they have been eating and can become confused by the conflicting research that they read on the internet. Mandie Erasmus, from the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT) knows this better than most. The LFCT works in 14 paediatric oncology wards around the country as well as in outpatient and treatment clinics. They also support 60 families as well as helping children who are in places of safety because their home situation is not conducive to getting better. “Some of the parents worry that dairy products are not good for their children,” she says. “But we know that dairy products - in particular those which do not contain added hormones - are an important part of the diet of all children, especially those who are recovering after their cancer operations,” she says. “The dairy products give them the protein they need to speed up their healing, and the calcium is vital too.” Cancer treatments, especially chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, can cause mucositis, a painful inflammation and ulceration of the digestive tract, including the mouth. “When we see these kids, we try to make sure that they have yoghurt. It is often the only thing they can eat, but more than that, we know that it helps them to get better,” Erasmus says. Fair Cape Dairies has been supporting LFCT for the past two years, as part of the Fair Cape Cares Initiative, with a special emphasis on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. “We are branding all our 175ml yoghurts with a special foil cap and donating 20c from each yoghurt sold to LFCT,” says Louis Loubser, Fair Cape Marketing Director." Fair Cape Dairies is unique among major dairy companies in South Africa as all its milk comes from a single farm. “This means that we know exactly where our milk comes from,” Loubser said. “We know the health of each cow and we . . .
With most South African medical aids no longer providing coverage for cosmetic dental surgery and treatment, and bank loans being difficult and time-consuming to obtain, a new specialized financing solution that considers the consumer has emerged in response to these adverse conditions in the healthcare market. Access to dental cosmetic surgery for health imperatives or aesthetic reasons is often unattainable due to lack of cover from South African medical aids. According to Dr JJ Serfontein – a leading Cape Town cosmetic dentist practitioner – this prevents the broader South African public from securing healthcare. However, there is a solution. He recommends MediFin to his patients, because it offers a financing solution that provides clients with easy payment terms and conditions. Dr Serfontein opened his practice in Cape Town with the vision of providing world-class dental care. Through his dynamic involvement in the greater industry itself, as well as through the operations of his own very busy practice, he has noticed certain worrying patterns in the payment of dental treatments that are affecting South Africans at large. Medical aids' non-financing of cosmetic dental surgery means that clients either delay care or are unable to seek or proceed with dental treatment at all. Another pressing concern, he says, is: “to avoid a situation where patients believe that they can't afford the ideal treatment required and instead settle for a compromise treatment plan. Generally, the only reason people settle for cheaper materials and therefore less durability is because of finance. It is very sad when people start to compromise their own health because of money and due to a lack of funds.” Frustratingly, when trying to offer his clients the very best services (an ethos that has seen Dr Serfontein create a very successful practice supported by repeat clients), he has been stymied by the traditional payment strategies optioned to his clients by banks and medical . . .
Probio introduces Deep Impact an industrial-strength cleaning product for restrooms that is both powerful and eco-friendly. Deep Impact is a superior new cleaning solution by Probio–a South African developer and manufacturer of sustainable probiotic based products. Containing potent and beneficial micro-organisms that eliminate grease, grime and dirt, Deep Impact offers an added benefit in that it controls and neutralizes toxins and eradicates the source of odours rather than concealing them with fragrant products. Deep Impact is used in restrooms in public spaces like hotels, shopping centres, restaurants, offices and commercial buildings such as factories. This revolutionary new product is specially formulated to tackle all surfaces including counters, sinks, taps, baths and showers, saniware, urinals, toilet bowls and floors. And why is it so effective? • The probiotics in Deep Impact work in the opposite manner to anti-bacterial products frequently used in cleaning. • While anti-bacterial cleaning products attempt to kill bad bacteria, Deep Impact uses beneficial micro-organisms to replenish good bacteria and in so doing control the bad bacteria through the principle of competitive exclusion. • Deep Impact completely breaks down the underlying film thereby eliminating the root cause of dirt accumulation. • Deep Impact is also a powerful sanitizer. The various metabolites such as lactic acid from the production process are powerfully anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, but they do not kill the probiotics found in Deep Impact. Deep Impact’s extremely effective formula thus provides an advanced and safe alternative to the many mass-produced and harmful chemicals used in the South African hospitality industry and other businesses. Deep Impact is easy and convenient to use: dilute in a spray bottle or bucket as instructed, and experience its soothing and unassuming natural aromas, derived from herbal extracts. Deep Impact can also be used to . . .
When searching for a responsible and effective way to keep your pets clean, probiotics might not immediately come to mind. We mainly associate these clever, beneficial bacteria with human health, but new research and product development has taught us otherwise. Probio, a South African producer of probiotic based chemical alternatives, has developed two products that use probiotic technology to control odours and clean animals without the potentially harmful side effects caused by chemical-based soaps and shampoos. The Probio Pet Care range consists of two versatile products: Coat Care and Pet Odour Away. These products introduce probiotic microbes onto your pet’s coat and skin, neutralizing odours and contributing to dermatological health as well as overall cleanliness. Alastair Burns, a partner at Probio, confirms that ‘these products don’t only clean your pet’s coat, they promote future cleanliness, making your pet cleaner for longer’. This is possible because of the lasting effects of probiotic technology. The animal or area being treated is populated by good bacteria, which defend and protect against harmful germs. Coat Care can be used daily as an alternative to shampooing or bathing, and its gentle herbal fragrance and transparent colouring make it pleasant and safe to use on your pet. It also requires no rinsing, and is a quick and convenient alternative to bathing. This product will boost the sheen and luster of your pet’s coat, making it fragrant and soft to the touch. Pet Odour Away neutralizes almost all pet associated odours, completely removing any unpleasant smells related to indoor accidents, litter boxes, sleeping areas and wet fur. It also combats pet stains and can be used in almost any pet related accident. When used in conjunction with Coat Care, this product will ensure that both you and your pet are always healthy and happy. These products are made with purified water, SCD Probiotic Microbes and natural herbal extracts, which . . .
Online booking and practice management system connects searchers and medical professionals in real time One man’s frustrated attempts to locate and book a medical doctor while travelling have resulted in an online solution designed to bring relief to thousands of others experiencing similar difficulties in setting up appointments with new or current medical practitioners. When Cape Town-based business improvement specialist Handré Dreyer shared his frustrations with colleagues, he realized just how prevalent the problem of booking a doctor online really was. This prompted him to devise a way of easily and securely connecting doctors and patients online. After months of prototyping an appointment scheduling and practice management system, and collaboration with both medical and IT industry experts, DocDiary has now entered beta launch. It has been well received amongst early adopters who realize the benefits this system will bring to practitioners and patients. Streamlining the process of linking patients with practitioners is at the heart of DocDiary. It is an online booking and practice marketing and management system that enables real-time appointment scheduling and high Internet visibility for doctors registered on the user-friendly website, www.docdiary.co.za. DocDiary’s visibility in search engines such as Google means medical professionals are instantly accessible by patients looking to find the most suitable – and available –healthcare provider to see to their needs. Patients can find general practitioners or specialists listed by geographic area, field of specialisation and even gender. They can then compare doctors’ credentials and patient reviews and click to see available time slots in the appointment schedule of their shortlisted doctors. Tapping into the connective power of the Internet and fulfilling a growing need of an increasingly web-savvy South African population, DocDiary is set to revolutionise the way patients choose and . . .