Pelican Park clinic opens

Mayor Dan Plato cuts the ribbon to officially open the Pelican Park clinic.

The doors to the new Pelican Park clinic have finally opened, giving residents of the area medical peace of mind.

About three years after building started at the Pelican Park integrated housing development, plans were submitted and approved to build the much-needed clinic after residents raised concerns about the lack of health facilities in the area.

Residents used to access health services at the Klip Road clinic as well as the Lotus River clinic before it was closed because of continuous vandalism.

A satellite clinic was then introduced but residents claimed the services were inadequate.

Then City then realised that a larger facility was needed to meet the primary healthcare needs of its growing population and construction of the new clinic started in July 2017.

On Wednesday September 25, Mayor Dan Plato officially opened the R46 million clinic, saying residents could now access a wide range of medical services at the fully-fledged facility.  

“We saw the need for a larger facility. It was also a partnership with the community as they were involved in the artwork, sculptures and murals that are displayed in the building. We hope residents will make full use of the facility as well as help us to protect it from vandalism,” Mr Plato said.

The Pelican Park Community Day Centre (CDC) is the biggest project that has ever been undertaken by the City health department and will provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to Pelican Park, Eagle Park, New Horizon, Lotus River, and surrounding areas, including informal settlements.

The estimated number of people the clinic will serve is nearly 80 000.

Health services offered at the clinic include child, women and men’s health services, TB testing and treatment, HIV counselling and testing, support and treatment, curative services for adults and management of chronic conditions as well as screenings.

Some of the features at the facility include a pharmacy, wound care and treatment rooms, areas for the treatment of infectious diseases, a waiting area with an open plan design, including a reception area, help desk, and administration offices and a play area for children.

A state-of-the-art IT modernisation project with an electronic appointment system, which was recently launched by the City, was also introduced at the clinic.

Dr Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for community services and health, said the system will fast track medical services.

“The purpose of the appointment system is to reduce long queues and waiting times at clinics. We appeal to the community to utilise the appointment system. Sick children and sick adults do not require an appointment to access care.”

To schedule an appointment contact Pelican Park CDC on 021 814 1219 or visit the clinic.