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The Salvation Army offers health services through hospitals, clinics and wellness centres. We operate the Booth Hospital in Cape Town. Mountain View Clinic is in Northern KwaZulu-Natal and includes a mobile clinic. In addition, the Carl Sithole Wellness Centre in Soweto, Gauteng offers primary health care services as does the Msunduze Community and Primary Health Care Centre and Mbuluzi Clinic in Mbabane, Swaziland.
To offer hope through provision of optimal health status to patients.
To encourage, strengthen and to develop a comprehensive health care system at all levels of care that is coordinated and integrated, based on the Primary Health Care approach.
Booth Memorial Hospital, Cape Town
The Booth Memorial Hospital lies in the shadow of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, in the suburb of Oranjezicht. The mission of the hospital is to provide a compassionate, healing ministry in the name of Christ. The hospital can accommodate 106 patients, who are referred from the major tertiary hospitals within the city bowl area or their attending physicians, although the hospital covers a wider catchment area. Services offered include:
- Rehabilitation for patients who have a fair to good prognosis following a recent stroke, fracture, joint replacement, amputation or head injury. Patients must be haemodynamically stable.
- Convalescence following acute hospital treatment when the patient is not well enough to be discharged. Examples are for post-pneumonia, multiple fractures, pulmonary oedema, chronic renal failure or abdominal surgery.
- Terminal care of patients in the end stage of illness. HIV/Aids/TB patients are cared for in a dedicated ward specialising in this particular discipline.
The spiritual needs of patients and members of staff are catered for by the chaplaincy department. Regular services are conducted each Thursday and Sunday. Communion is available on request by patients, and the chaplain offers bereavement counselling for families and, if requested, will counsel patients who at the final stages of life.
The hospital opened its doors on Monday 28 May 1917. During its time as a maternity unit, the Booth delivered 27 000 babies. For a number of years, the hospital was a long-term frail age facility, after which it re-opened as a sub acute hospital, owned and managed by The Salvation Army and funded by the Western Cape Department of Health.
For further information:
Click here to email Booth Memorial Hospital, Cape Town.