Even the heavy clouds and slight drizzle did little to dampen the spirits of the Provincial Minister of Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee at the sod-turning event, marking the start of construction of the R21 million project, which took place at the Gansbaai Clinic on Thursday, 4 April 2019.
Also present was Overberg Deputy Mayor Archie Klaas, Overstrand Mayoral committee members, councillors, healthcare professionals and a host of health officials.
Proceedings kicked off with a warm welcome by Sr Dorothea Jacobs. This was followed by an overview of the building plans and an artist’s impression of the new clinic to be built next to the existing one.
In her address, Minister Mbombo stated, “The project will certainly improve the current services that are offered to our patients. This will allow more patients to be treated at this facility, and will ensure better patient flow, in a bigger and better facility with a more comprehensive health service package.”
The project entails the construction of a new wing linked to the existing Gansbaai Clinic, as well as upgrades to, and refurbishment of the existing facility.
The above expansion and upgrade also includes additional site works such as parking, landscaping and rain water harvesting. Services to be added to the facility are an Emergency Treatment Unit, Ambulance Bay, Infectious Disease Unit, medical waste and refuse facilities.
A key element of the design solution was to adopt a phased approach to ensure continued operations of the current facility throughout the construction period, while providing a pleasant environment for patients and staff.
Construction is expected to be completed by March 2020.