A GROUP collaboration by 14 Port Elizabeth businesses has seen the once dismal surgical ward at Livingstone Hospital transformed into one resembling that of a private hospital.
The initiative was led by Hutz Medical, a major supplier of medical equipment to state hospitals.
The ward was opened yesterday by Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex chief executive Dr Kobus Kotze and Hutz Medical managing director Bernd Thurnher.
Hutz marketing director Christene Kleyn said that through a strong affiliation with private and government hospitals, Hutz was always made aware and exposed to patients as well as the plight of the community.
"The company realises the importance of supporting and giving back to those in need and therefore decided to refurbish surgical ward 1A at the Livingstone Hospital completely free of charge."
The ward was closed for renovations for 20 days.
"The ward was sealed off and completely stripped down.
"The walls were repainted, a new ceiling was installed, new bed heads [patient care units with socket outlets, lighting switches and bells among other things] and the furniture as well as the beds were fixed and repainted.
- Pathcare did a bacterial count and analysis of the ward;
- Superfecta Powder coated the beds and cabinets;
- Braemar Paints supplied all the paint and surface cleaning materials;
- Ceiling Master provided the new ceiling boards;
- Germstar donated a bacterial hand cleaning unit;
- Avitech donated an electronic nurse call system;
- Hospitrack supplied the ward's curtains and rails;
- Vitafoam provided new mattresses;
- Curtain & Linens provided sufficient linen for the ward;
- C&G Electrical did the electrical connections and Projex the gas connection;
- DF Enterprises cleaned and polished the floor; and
- Atlantic Glass did the patient information boards.
- The new ward was officially opened by Kotze and Thurnher yesterday.