Mediclinic Newcastle recently celebrated a remarkable milestone, with the private medical institute discharging their 1000th COVID-19 patient, Mrs Steph Campher.
Taking us through the process, Dr Mthunzi Thusi firstly says when COVID initially hit, there was a substantial amount of confusion. For example, was it going to follow the pattern of the previous SARS Coronavirus? However, when COVID-19 developed into a global threat, Mediclinic Newcastle immediately rose to the challenge.
Dr Thusi elaborates that when it came to treating Mrs Campher, he first interacted with her in the emergency department. “I think we had quite a few admissions at the time, so she was one of three that I was seeing.” The doctor further states, when she came in, “with her profile running through the back of their minds, where you have someone who is a bit older, in their 50s, checking whether there are co-morbidities or not, medical staff build a picture where they know it is going to be a tough case, compared to working with someone who is younger.”
Once admitted to the hospital, Campher adds that the first few days were a haze, “I don’t remember much, I decided I need help, and my daughter took me to hospital, to Mediclinic.”
Admitting she was in a bad way and nervous, she did not know what to expect, finding everything strange. “Also, being alone was not nice”. But as patient 1000 says, “the staff were very good and put me at ease; they explained everything they were doing.” Adding, the medical team immediately put her on oxygen, a drip and an ECG, as she was battling to breathe and had also started with nausea and vomiting.
Following her recovery, Dr Thusi points out that healthcare workers start questioning themselves and their abilities after losing a patient, leaving them demoralised. “But now that we have got to the 1000th patient, I think that we know we are strong enough to keep this whole thing going in terms of where patients come in, recover, and go home to their family members.” Therefore, with this in mind and Steph Campher being discharged from the hospital, Dr Thusi explains this is an important landmark for both the Mediclinic Newcastle team and healthcare workers as a whole, as it allowed them to gain a second wind, knowing they were making a positive impact within the community.
Reflecting on her experience in the hospital, thanking all the medical personnel who cared for her, Steph Campher says, “Dr Thusi, he was wonderful, very impressed and I am so grateful, he also put me at ease all the time.”
In conclusion, Dr Thusi states, “It was a feeling of great relief, a feeling of being part of a great team, and a feeling of being a contributor to the whole process.” While COVID has been overwhelming on the healthcare sector, he adds that it is rewarding to know the medical sector is making headway, reaching significant landmarks such as this.
Well done to the dedicated Mediclinic Newcastle team; you are awesome and appreciated!
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