On 21 October 2020, The Western Cape Minister for Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo officially opened the reconstructed, state-of-the-art Swartland Hospital in Malmesbury.
In March 2017 about 70% of Swartland Hospital, was destroyed in a fire.
The fire destroyed the Emergency Center, X- rays, Rehab wards, theatre, CSSD, kitchen, linen store and several offices.
The reconstruction purpose was to reinstate clinical services by re-purposing and re-distributing various clinical, administrative and support service functions within the remaining buildings on the site.
The reconstruction process started in 2018, with renovations being done in phases and now concluded at a cost of almost R120 million.
Swartland residents will no longer have to travel to Paarl and Westfleur Hospital for health- care benefits, they now have their own hospital.
The following has been restored and in use:
• New 24-bed prefab wards
• Emergency Center
• Admin Building: CSSD, Theatre Unit, Clinical Staff Offices
• Dental Clinic
• Kitchen and linen room,
“We are here today because we understand the plight of Swartland people.
Despite the intense financial pressures, the consequences of COVID-19, our aging infrastructure, unfunded mandates and statutory requirements, we remain committed to the people of this province.
The reconstruction of Swartland Hospital is in direct response to the community’s needs and that is why we pride ourselves in what we offer our patients.
We continuously strive to offer the best services to all our clients in the best possible facilities. We are giving them an almost brand- new hospital, with better services and state-of- the-art equipment, which they can be proud of.
This is their asset – I hope they take pride in it and treasure it.
I continue with #OperationVulimpilo, a campaign where I ensure that healthcare services that were suspended during the COVID-19 peak are re-instated. I will be visiting more facilities to re-instate more healthcare services.
To our staff, thank you for all your hard work and I hope that you will continue to serve the community with passion and dedication.”