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World Trauma Day

17 October 2023

Looking Into the JSH Emergency Unit

“The vision of the new Johannesburg Surgical Hospital is something unique in the South African landscape. Our focus is certainly on trying to provide high end emergency care to patients in the best manner possible.” – Dr Peter Anderson Specialist in Emergency Medicine at JSH.

October 17th is World Trauma Day. A day marked out to emphasise awareness around trauma medical care; the necessity for proper attendance to emergency cases to save and protect life during the most critical moments; and preparing and applying acute measures to deal with and avoid trauma fatalities. In appreciation of this day we sat down to talk to Dr Peter Anderson about the state of the art Emergency Care Unit at JSH.

Research undertaken by the World Health Organisation has revealed that at least fifty percent of medical trauma related deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective interference after trauma has occurred. This means immediate pre-hospital care (EMS/ambulance services); adequate knowledge of handling emergency situations (training of personnel); and adequate in-hospital emergency attendance and care.

“I think one of the most important things for everybody, including the public, to understand is that the emergency rooms can cater for all manner of emergencies;  we are able to admit patients straight from the Emergency Unit into the hospital; and the hospital has in-house physicians in residence” Dr Anderson explains.

“I think one of the most important things for everybody, including the public, to understand is that the emergency rooms can cater for all manner of emergencies;  we are able to admit patients straight from the Emergency Unit into the hospital; and the hospital has in-house physicians in residence” Dr Anderson explains.

To date Dr Anderson has worked in emergency unit management in a number of different hospitals, within both the state and private sectors; and across multiple hospital groups. He describes the JSH leg of his journey as an interesting one; an innovative journey that is ushering in a new era of medical care. “I’m hoping that with the background I’ve got and with the company I represent behind me, that we are able to deliver a service here that not only we can be proud of, but the community as a whole can be proud of.”

JSH has got it all covered. With a solid core of medical and surgical discipline that lies at the heart of the hospital, all available to patients under one roof. “The facility offers some of the most state of the art equipment and services that I’ve ever seen in the private sector in South Africa.” adds Dr Anderson.

Although JSH does not have gynaecologists/obstetricians as well as paediatricians as permanent staff at this stage, the hospital is, however, fully committed to providing assistance and care for any emergency that comes through the doors; regardless of the medical case. Our dedicated and highly skilled medical team is always ready to respond swiftly and effectively to emergencies; ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.

At this core of discipline JSH has focused on orthopaedics; vascular surgery’; urology; oncology; and cardiology, just to tip off the iceberg. “We have a number of doctors that have joined us to work in the emergency rooms. Some of those doctors are specialists. Some of them are more qualified in emergency unit management than an average general practitioner would be. It is a unique hospital.”

“Our ability to handle cardiac patients from a catheterisation lab perspective is state of the art. Our ability to handle stroke patients is state of the art. The hospital has committed itself to providing a service that is, in a way, spectacular for pateints. The doctors and specialists that are working at the hospital are committed to making this a success from all patient aspects.

There is no doubt that the JSH Emergency Care Unit has set out to provide in-hospital emergency attendance and care that is far beyond adequate. Rather, it has set out to provide holistic, state of the art, life-changing emergency attendance and care, not just for one day, but for a lifetime. Once again, JSH has gone the extra mile.

Footnote: Dr Anderson is a registered specialist in emergency medicine, and has been involved in the emergency medicine field for most of his career. He represents a company called Specialist Governance Incorporated; the company that was awarded the tender to manage the emergency rooms at JSH.

Footnote: Dr Anderson is a registered specialist in emergency medicine, and has been involved in the emergency medicine field for most of his career. He represents a company called Specialist Governance Incorporated; the company that was awarded the tender to manage the emergency rooms at JSH.