Michele du Plessis
Sabie Hospital has been in the news lately, and perhaps not for all the right reasons. But, I strongly believe that credit must be given where credit is due, and the staff at Sabie Hospital certainly deserve some credit.
I am sure that you have heard one or two horror stories where patients were treated terribly, and a few incidents at Sabie Hospital have generated a lot of indignation and anger. There was an outcry from the public and news articles abounded, Facebook posts travelled far and wide, spreading the unfortunate story. But for every one unfortunate incident, there are many times where people have been treated with professional care and compassion by medical staff at the hospital.
Unfortunately, I had to visit Casualty at Sabie Hospital over the weekend. Upon our arrival, the medical staff at casualty was very busy, but nevertheless, we were greeted with a smile and the sister listened with patience to my complaints. While we waited to see the doctor on duty, she was called away to the maternity ward, where complication with two patients and two emergency caesareans awaited her. Later on, after receiving the necessary medical attention from the nursing staff, I was feeling better and I decided to rather go back the next morning to see the doctor.
On Sunday morning we returned to the hospital and the same medical staff were on duty. Again, they were really busy, but I was attended to immediately and professionally. The doctor on duty, Doctor LG Mhlanga, treated all the patients with care and compassion, seeing to the more serious patients first.
During both the visits to casualty, I saw the staff closing curtains around the beds, respecting and protecting the privacy of the patients. All the patients were treated with the same care, friendliness and professionalism.
Nursing is not the easiest job. They need to spend long hours on their feet, miss important events at home and face a lot of difficult people at work. With all those things, it’s easy to feel stressed out, anxious, and frustrated. Add to that outdated equipment, lack of supplies and medicines, staff shortages and many other problems, and even the best nurse might feel ready to throw in the towel at times.
With all that in mind, I would like to offer my gratitude and thanks to Staff-nurse Constance Mitchell, Professional nurse Constance Kock, Dr L G Mhlanga and the night staff at casualty at Sabie Hospital. You are making a difference in some many people’s lives by giving comfort, compassion and caring to all your patients.