Nurses at KZN hospital do 'heavy lifting' as infrastructure fails

DURBAN - A lack of maintenance is affecting service delivery at Addington Hospital.

Ageing infrastructure and non-functional elevators in the 15-storey building are affecting patient care.

Patients and workers have to take the stairs, as only one elevator is operational. A problem ongoing since 2015.

Nurses are also sometimes required to do some 'heavy lifting'.

One nurse says there are times when nurses have to carry patients and food to other departments.

"There is only one service lift that is working, out of the ten lifts that are supposed to be working. That lift is shared by doctors, patients that are coming from theatre with fresh wounds, sometimes even disposable linen coming from COVID wards is being transported," said Nehawu KZN Regional Secretary, Prince Mthalane.

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A problem that has been ongoing since 2015 and patients are battling.

"The lifts are not working. The lifts are a problem. We are struggling to move around, to go down and not being able to use the lift," said Kathrina Msimango, a patient at the hospital.

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department says COVID-19 has caused logistical backups, which have affected the delivery of parts to repair the lifts. 

In the meantime, patients will have to continue using the stairs to get medical assistance.

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