State Hospitals - Christ the King Hospital - Ixopo, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Christ the King is a district hospital located in the beautiful rolling hills of Ixopo, the town made famous by the internationally acclaimed novel “Cry the Beloved Country” by Alan Paton. It is approximately 90kms from Pietermaritzburg and 150kms from Durban.
The town itself is a bustling little community with 2 primary schools, a high school, numerous shopping facilities and an internet café amongst other things. Ixopo is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty. One is able to drive in any direction and be sure to come across numerous outdoor activities including hiking in the Drakensburg, horse riding, fishing and mountain biking. For those who prefer a more urban setting to relax and unwind, the town boasts a 9-hole-golf course, tennis courts and both a rugby and soccer club.
Services offered at Christ the King hospital
The hospital was recently renovated and now has 197 usable beds. The six wards are Paediatrics, Maternity and Gynaecology, Female surgical (F18), Female Medical (F8) and Male (divided into medical and surgical sections). There is no high care or ICU. We provide basic care in the following disciplines: Obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, orthopaedics and family medicine. Each medical officer is responsible for one ward. Ward rounds are done on a daily basis during the week. The main pathology is HIV-related illnesses. Ambulant TB patients can be transferred to the Richmond hospital for convalescence. Transport is arranged by Richmond Hospital.
This is the busiest department in the hospital. All patients are seen in a general OPD. There are no special clinics. We receive referrals from 8 local clinics and GP's as well as emergencies. A wide spectrum of pathology is seen, including a moderate amount of trauma. Our emergency room is well equipped with defibrillator and emergency trolley. Minor procedures can also be performed here.
The majority of our patients are indigent. Medical aid patients are charged medical aid rates. We provide a lot of district surgeon services including assessments for disability grants (DGs) There are no specialists in the hospital. Patients requiring specialist services are referred to Edendale, Grey's and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central hospital or booked for the Flying Doctors.
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