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The Salvation Army offers health services through hospitals, clinics and wellness centres. It operates two hospitals – the Booth Hospital in Cape Town and the Mountain View Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal (including 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.
The Mountain View Hospital, Northern KwaZulu-Natal
The Salvation Army took ownership of the Mountain View Hospital farm in 1911. Simple medical treatment to those who needed it was administered from the onset of the Salvation Army establishing a presence at Mountain View. The medical work began in 1928 when a registered nurse, Mrs. Joanna Zulu (nee Twala) was sent to Mountain View by the Salvation Army Headquarters. The first clinic operated from a small kitchen. From inception, this clinic offered Primary Health Care and Midwifery services. In time the hospital evolved into a Primary Health Care, TB, Midwifery and General unit. The hospital is presently registered as a 92 bed unit catering for all the above cases. At present, the mobile clinic operates in 30 different communities.
The Mountain View Hospital is situated in the Health District DC26 and sub-district KZ263 of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Abaqulusi Municipality Ward 2. This includes surrounding areas like Vryheid, St Benedictine at Nongoma, Itshelejuba Hospital in Pongola and clinics in the Abaqulusi Municipality. All these areas refer TB patients to Mountain View Hospital for treatment. Other clients are admitted direct from OPD and investigations are done to diagnose and treat.
The hospital’s philosophy is to assist all people who are in need of medical attention without discrimination. The hospital is racially integrated and treats patients of all colour, age and gender who live in the area and surrounding areas. This is a deep rural area with an unemployment rate of 80%.
The hospital accommodates 92 beds, plus two cot beds. During 2010-2011, the hospital served nearly 20 000 inpatients, and just over 4 000 outpatients. The mobile clinic provided services to over 11 000 people in the same period. The hospital operates for 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The mobile clinic operates from Monday to Thursday between 07:00 to 16:00 and some points are visited twice in the week. Our Mobile Clinic provides primary health care to surrounding communities.
For further information:
Click here to email the Mountain View Hospital, Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
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.