City’s Robbie Nurock Day Hospital to relocate

Services will continue as normal until moved to Caledon Street

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The Robbie Nurock Day Hospital in Cape Town. Photo: Masixole Feni

The City’s oldest clinic, Robbie Nurock Day Hospital, and the Woodstock Community Health Centre are to merge and move into the new District Six Community Health Centre in Caledon Street in 2017. The construction of the new building has already started and is nearing completion according to the provincial health department.

Robbie Nurock has been operating since 1905 in Buitenkant Street. A primary health care facility, it caters predominantly to low or no income patients, including senior citizens, refugees and homeless children and adults. The clinic offers chronic care management, TB screening, mental health, family planning, minor acute emergency cases, medical male circumcision, HIV/Aids prevention and treatment and ARV treatment.

Monique Johnstone, communications officer for the provincial department of health, said there was limited space for patients in the current building. The day hospital provides healthcare to approximately 300 people a day.

“The services to be provided at the new District Six Community Health Centre will be modelled on the Comprehensive Service Plan for a population of approximately 90,000 from Woodstock, Salt River, Vredehoek and central Cape Town.

“The opening of the new facility depends on the completion date of the building in 2017, therefore we cannot confirm an exact time frame of the move. In the interim, services offered at Robbie Nurock CDC and Woodstock CDC will continue as normal,” said Johnstone.

Asked what would happen to the Robbie Nurock building once the day hospital had moved, Johnstone said that the empty building would no longer belong to the health department, but to the Department of Transport and Public Works, which would decide what would happen to it.

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