Hutz Medical assists with Paediatric Burns Unit opens at Ngwelezane Hospital

With a passion for the healthcare industry, and children, Hutz Medical endeavours to assist in helping those less fortunate within the community and partnering with others to reach these objectives.

One of the projects with which we were involved was the recent Ngwelezane Hospital Paediatric Burn Unit project, run by Carte Blanche’s Make A Difference campaign.

Hutz Medical is proud to be associated with the project and supplied medical equipment in the form of Bedhead Service Systems (HU10-01 and HU21-01), Medical Examination Lights (HUGO-LED-C-2) and Attachments (HU-XRU-01 and HU-XRU-02).

Read more about this worthy project below.


New Paediatric Burns Unit opens at Ngwelezane Hospital, KZN

Richards Bay, 18 June 2019: The Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has prioritised the upliftment of paediatric facilities and services for trauma and burns patients at Ngwelezane Hospital, where the wards were seriously dilapidated and under-resourced.

The Ngwelezane Hospital, which is about 20km from Richards Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal, is a 554-bed hospital that provides district, regional and tertiary services to densely populated communities from the King Cetshwayo, Umkhanyakude and Zululand districts. It is also the referral centre for children who have suffered burns, trauma requiring surgery and orthopaedic care.

Previously, all paediatric burns and trauma cases at Ngwelezane Hospital were treated in the Adult Burns Ward, which allocated 21 of its 38 beds for younger patients. Burns patients require very intense and specialised care to avoid potentially fatal infections and, in most cases, skin grafts are needed to repair the damaged tissue.

With this as background, the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust was afforded an opportunity to address the needs of this group of patients by way of an extraordinary donation of R10.3m from South32’s Hillside Aluminium.

To quote Calvin Mkhabela (Vice President Operations: Hillside Aluminium), “Making a difference in the lives of our communities cannot be done in isolation; we realise and value the opportunity to work with other partners. We believe that sustainable change can only come about through joint efforts/partnerships – like this one with the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust.

It is only through efforts of this kind that we can be sure that the next generation will be able to attain the right medical attention and assistance.

Children the world over have the right to decent medical care and our choice to partner with the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust forms part of our overarching value that speaks to CARE.

Our investment – R10.3million – in this facility equates to investing in the future of our country; our children.

Our collective approach to such projects will ensure that our work to improve the lives of our communities reflects a clear understanding of the broader issues and concerns that plague our country and closer to home, our district and region.

Today, through our donation of R10.3million we reaffirm our commitment to work with all the relevant stakeholders to bridge the gap when it comes to improving healthcare and support for our children.

And to the team here at Ngwelezane Hospital, we commend you for your tireless contribution – through constant support and care for the patients who come through this facility. We wish you well.”