The public health sector has once again benefited from the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust.

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo at Tygerberg Hospital’s newly renovated pediatric intensive care unit. Image: French Mbombo/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN – Tygerberg Hospital’s refurbished pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) offers an opportunity to expand its scope of study, medical experts say.

The public health sector has once again benefited from Carte Blanche’s Making a Difference Trust.

On Monday, he handed over the newly renovated first and second phases of the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, Professor Elmi Müller, explained that the university is in close partnership with the Tygerberg Hospital to provide clinical training for healthcare professionals.

“We train students and post-graduate students together, train specialists, and also engage in ongoing training of doctors who have already graduated. So having a facility like this opens up new opportunities not only to care for patients and care for them better and get better outcomes, but also to do more in terms of education.”

Mueller, a transplant surgeon and National Research Foundation A1-rated scientist, became the first woman to be appointed dean of the faculty last July.

“Improving teaching in an academic hospital has a wider footprint because every specialist we train now goes into an area where that person can become an expert, and hopefully for the community it will also mean that in the long term we will improve education and better patient care, so it’s a great partnership and we’re very proud to be a part of it.”

The Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has completed 22 projects to date.

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