New care project launched at Thabazimbi Medi-Clinic

The Back to Basics strategy of Medi-Clinic SA was launched in Thabazimbi on 21 April 2011. Front from left to right: Vincentia Potgieter (Unit Manager), Marelize Coetzee and Maggy Molefe. Back from left to right: Lize Prinsloo, Maritza Coetzer, Irene Mosele and Humbu Malisha.

THABAZIMBI – Medi-Clinic Southern Africa’s Back to Basics strategy to ensure continuity and coordination of care of patients was kicked off with a pilot project in the Tshwane region this month. It was officially launched at Thabazimbi Medi-Clinic on 21 April 2011.

The aim is to return nursing care to the bedside in a measurable way and was the brainchild of Carin van der Merwe, Medi-Clinic Southern Africa’s Tshwane Regional Manager: Nursing.

The idea was brainstormed at Medi-Clinic Southern Africa’s Tshwane hospitals by the nurse managers in conjunction with their unit managers and staff. The definitions of what were perceived to be basics were discussed. From there a strategy was developed to include the four focus areas namely patient care rounds, patient handover rounds, pain management and comprehensive unit rounds – underpinned by our training.

During the implementation phase, nursing units will spend two months at a time focusing on one of the four principles and staff will be trained for competencies and continued professional development (CPD) to meet the criteria of each. Back to Basics is also designed to identify and address problems immediately so that the patient’s experience of care is not compromised.

“This is where we can make the difference. It is a programme that involves all the categories of nursing and we are looking forward to ensuring that our patients have a positive experience and use Medi-Clinic Southern Africa as the preferred provider of healthcare services,” she says.