CTICC Field Hospital closes as COVID-19 cases decline



Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) which was converted to a Field Hospital will be decommissioned since many parts of Western Cape have passed its peak.

Premier Alan Winde said the province has recently started recording a decline in hospitalisations, deaths, and new cases.

Hospitals in the Cape Town Metro (including non-COVID-19 patients) currently has a stable capacity of 69%.

Hospital of Hope at CTICC which had 91 admissions last week currently has 57.

Brackengate facility has 54 admissions, up from 47 admissions last week.

The Khayelitsha Thusong Centre Field Hospital has officially been closed. The MSF has moved its capacity to the Eastern Cape.

Winde cited some reasons why CTICC Field Hospital will no longer be in use.

“Given the capacity in our health platform, the decline of cases in the Metro, in particular, the expiry of the contract to use CTICC in September, and the low number of admissions at our field hospitals generally, we have taken the decision to decommission the CTICC facility,” said Winde.

“The facility which has a capacity of 864 beds currently has less than 60 admissions, and we have adequate capacity at the 330-bed Brackengate facility to accommodate patients,” he added.

CTICC last patient date is 18 August, and the facility will be closed by mid-September.

Patients will be moved to the Brackengate facility, which takes over as the “Hospital of Hope” from Friday, 14 August.

“To every nurse, official, doctor, cleaner and admin clerk involved in this Hospital of Hope, I want you to know that you will all go down in history for what you have done for the people of the Western Cape.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will be organising a proper closing event for the facility to thank all those involved, and more details will follow in due course,” he said.

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