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Cape Town Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic UPDATE 2018

3 April 2018

2017 was a tumultuous year and the new unit is slowly taking shape and knuckling down in 2018.

Two notable additions to our list of Orthopaedic Surgeons are Dr Ian Koller (Specialist interest in Hand and elbow surgery) and Dr Fred Louw (Specialist interest in foot and ankle surgery).

Both these surgeons continue to maintain academic attachments and assist in managing the trauma roster at Chris Barnard Memorial. Assisting Dr Koller and adding great value to our unit is the Hand Rehabilitation Unit headed by Trish Griffths occupational therapist.

Often patients present with musculo-skeletal problems that do not require surgery or should be managed conservatively before considering surgery. With this in mind we have formed an association with the CAPE SPORTS MEDICINE GROUP headed by Dr Jeroen Swart, Dr Leigh Gordon and Dr Jason Suter who are based at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands. They are represented at Chris Barnard by Dr Ryan Kohler and they as well as other associates consult at Chris Barnard Memorial as part of our unit.

Our base of operations, namely the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, remains in a state of flux and will do so for the next 2 years. We are expecting building to commence, between the CTICC Extension and the hospital, of the parking ramp which was in the original plans, thereby improving current parking arrangements. The hospital has installed a desalination plant to cope with the water crisis and will eventually be self sufficient and off grid. The adjacent Chevron building is being upgraded and will house a day surgery unit and post hospital rehabilitation unit. Salazar Square will become pedestrian only and a number of retail outlets will occupy the ground floor of the Chevron Building. So, a lot to look forward too!



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