The Children’s Hospital Trust is currently raising the last R10 million for a R100 million upgrade and expansion of the Paediatric ICU at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town during a four month public appeal.
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1) The largest Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Africa is situated at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa – sub-Saharan Africa’s largest tertiary, stand-alone hospital dedicated entirely to child healthcare.
2) Children in need of specialised critical care are referred from all over the African continent, yet this vital unit only has 22 of 35 ICU beds set aside for children across public and private sectors in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
3) This life-saving unit cannot keep up with the current demands.
4) The space between beds, patients and specialised medical equipment is well below the accepted global norm.
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o The Children’s Hospital Trust has committed to an ambitious fundraising drive to expand and upgrade the PICU facility. This expansion will effect an increase in bed capacity to 39 beds, which includes a 10-bed High Care Unit for neonatal patients and the establishment of 8 isolation cubicles.
o It is not only the increased amount of beds that is essential, but also the provision of more space around beds to accommodate critical life-saving equipment, 24/7 nursing staff for a higher patient-to-nurse ratio and adequate space for vigilant parents.
o The risk of cross infection is a serious challenge which can compromise the healing process of immunosuppressed children and presently, PICU does not feature any isolation units.
o The total budget to implement this upgrade is R100million PLUS equipment.
o 90% of this amount we aim to raise from current Trust supporters, such as Foundations, Corporate CSI allocations and regular givers. The final 10% we plan to raise through a high profile, national public appeal.