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Murray & Roberts Western Cape Builds State-Of-The-Art Hospital in Tokai
28 July 2015

A new state-of the-art, 148 bed hospital is being constructed by Murray & Roberts Western Cape in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The Melomed Tokai Private Hospital, estimated to cost R350 million and create over 1 000 new jobs, is scheduled to be completed later this year. The project marks a significant vote of confidence in the Western Cape economy and healthcare sector.

Melomed Hospital Holdings is the largest wholly black-owned and managed private hospital group in the Western Cape. The Melomed Group had its humble beginnings in 1989, with the Melomed Gatesville Private Hospital (also built by Murray & Roberts) being the first private hospital on the Cape Flats. Melomed then went on to acquire Melomed Mitchells Plain and Melomed Bellville hospitals and in 2014 the group established Melomed Claremont Private Clinic, which is a standalone psychiatric clinic in Claremont.

The 17 000 m² Melomed Tokai Private Clinic is situated on the corners of Main and Keyser roads, and will be the only fully fledged acute medical facility in the immediate and surrounding community, which is currently underserviced with private hospital beds.

The hospital will also provide the first and only complete cardiac service for the immediate stabilisation and treatment of cardiac patients in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. This will be ably backed by Melomed24, the Melomed Hospital Holdings Group’s dedicated emergency response ambulance service.

The services provided by the hospital will encompass the full spectrum of medical and surgical specialisations and will have 35 adult medical beds and 22 surgical beds. Facilities for babies and children will comprise five neonatal ICU beds and 10 cots. There will also be 15 beds for psychiatric patients and another 15 beds will be available for day patients. The facility will also offer speciality services such as renal dialysis, oncology units that cater for chemotherapy and radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, specialised radiology inclusive of MRI and CT scanning facilities and a pathology laboratory.

The Murray & Roberts Western Cape team on the project have recently completed extensions to the New Kingsbury Hospital, and their acquired knowledge is being shared with the professional team in a proactive manner in order to ensure that lessons learned are passed on and incorporated into the construction process.

As with any development of this nature, scope changes during the construction process are part of the reality, and Murray & Roberts Western Cape has worked closely with the client and professional team throughout the project in order to minimise the impact of such changes through innovative procedures and careful planning

The client is also appreciative of Murray & Roberts Western Cape’s commitment to health and safety on the project, and site agent Wesley Kent champions the ZERO HARM culture which has been inculcated in all stakeholders associated with the construction works. The project has run for 15 months without a lost time incident and all workers understand their individual and collective responsibilities to maintaining a safe environment.

The structure is now largely complete, and every effort is being made to close the external envelope prior to Cape Town’s notorious inclement winter weather. This will allow the services and internal finishes to progress in a controlled environment in line with the programme requirements.