Helen Joseph Hospital (HJH) in Auckland Park faced a new challenge over the weekend as low water pressure disrupted services in the emergency department, intensive care unit, and certain wards. TimesLIVE reports that the hospital’s management addressed the issue on Sunday, stating that low water pressure hampers water delivery to upper floors, directly impacting the provision of essential services. In response, the HJH management implemented measures to redirect priority 1 (emergency and critical) and 2 (urgent but stable) patients to other healthcare facilities when necessary.
To alleviate the situation, Johannesburg Water dispatched water tankers to the hospital. However, according to the hospital management, these temporary measures needed to be improved to maintain the required water pressure in the system. As a result, technicians from Johannesburg Water and the Gauteng Department of infrastructure development are collaborating to investigate the cause of the problem and find a sustainable solution.
The issue of water supply constraints and outages has plagued Helen Joseph Hospital for the past two years, with the city’s ageing infrastructure a contributing factor. On Friday, Johannesburg Water announced its engagement with Rand Water to investigate the reasons behind the low water supply experienced by residents in Auckland Park, Melville, and Parktown West.
As the investigation unfolds and technicians work to address the water pressure issues, the management of Helen Joseph Hospital remains committed to providing uninterrupted and quality healthcare services to patients while closely monitoring the situation to ensure the necessary measures are in place to address any further disruptions caused by low water pressure.
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