Clean hands are safe hands and everyone should realise washing hands is the first line of defence against microrganic infections.
RN S Venter started the day by sticking hand hygiene stickers on smartie boxes with a hand rub obtained from various companies.
In support of hand wash day on 05 May 2015, RN L Jacobs and Mrs K Brink greeted all staff members at the clock machine,
personnel used the germ star hand rub to disinfect their hands and then each received their save a life parcel.
The morning was filled with fun and laughter as hand wash demonstrations and lectures took place in different units with in the Hospital educating staff that hand washing, which we take for granted most of the time, is a simple and powerful measure of reducing infectious diseases from being spread by hand.
The Urology hospital would like thank Johnson & Johnson, Germstar and Dismed for their generous sponsorships.
In support of International Hand wash Day on 15 October 2014, The Urology Hospital visited Irene Middle School in Irene. Sr Sarie Venter educated the Grade 8 and Grade 9 pupils with hand washing techniques and the importance of general hygiene. This was followed by a fun activity of painting and a poster competition with prizes for the best posters on hand washing. TUH also provided lunch for the entire school of 600 pupils and teachers. We are proud to be associated with this educational day.
In a debut coalition, The Urology Hospital sponsored The Unlimited Titans cricket team during their game against The Sunfoil Donlphins on 10 October 2014. The players all wore light blue caps to create awareness of Prostate Cancer and around 3000 spectators received a Prostate Cancer awareness fridge magnet when they entered the Super Sport Park Stadium in Centurion. The game was also televised LIVE on Super Sport between 15h00 and 22:00 on 10 October.
On Tuesday, 26 November 2013 The Urology Hospital visited The Unlimited Titans Cricket Team at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Mr Sarel van der Walt, (CEO, The Urology Hospital ) addressed the team in the informal setting of the dressing room. He gave a brief overview of the importance of self-examination of all males particularly for testicular cancer. Mr van der Walt explained that testicular cancer and prostate cancer are the two most common forms of cancer in males, but if diagnosed early, they can be successfully treated and cured.
Sr Sarie Venter, (Health and Safety Manager, The Urology Hospital) then gave a more detailed explanation of testicular and prostate cancer and she answered any questions from the team.
The team was then invited to have a PSA blood test done to test for prostate cancer. This test needs to be done on a regular basis for men over the age of 40.
It was encouraging to be a part of The Urology Hospital’s Men’s Health Awareness month and to have the support of The Unlimited Titans Cricket Team in spreading the word on the importance of regular doctor’s check-ups for testicular and prostate cancer.
The Urology Hospital is widely recognised as one of the Smoke-Free hospitals in our region. Despite experiencing difficulties in enforcing this rule, they persevered because of the extreme dangers of smoking and its effects on the human body. The Urology Hospital feels strongly about eradicating smoking in society due to the detrimental effects it has not only on individuals, but also on the innocent people around smokers’ who breathe in passive smoke.
The Urology Hospital supported International Smoke-Free Day on Friday 31 May by running a campaign at the hospital during the week leading up to International Smoke-Free Day, to create awareness of the dangers of smoking and to try and encourage smokers to quit.
The Grade 5 students of Capital Park Primary School were invited to participate in the anti-smoking campaign, whereby they were commissioned to make posters on the dangers of smoking and the harmful effects of smoking. The students who created the winning posters (as voted for by the hospital staff) were given a prize at a prize-giving on Friday 31 May 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30. During this prize-giving two hospital staff members shared their personal testimonies of how they have stopped smoking and the multiple benefits that they are now experiencing now due to this life-changing decision.
Each Ward and department within the hospital was encouraged to participate in a cake making competition whereby their cakes needed to depict the health and lifestyle implications of smoking. They were also encouraged to have display tables illustrating the harmful effects of smoking in society.
On Friday morning, 31 May, the hospital was buzzing with excitement as all the staff were setting up their display tables and showcasing their decorated cakes. The cake and display table competition was judged by Mr Sarel van der Walt (CEO) and Dr Izak van Heerden.
The Urology Hospital is at the forefront of fighting smoking in the working environment and in public places particularly because of the harmful effects of smoking on the bladder and kidneys with respect to urological related health issues.
The effect of smoking on the human kidneys and bladder
According to Doctor Lance Coetzee, cancer of the bladder is predominantly caused by the harmful toxins in cigarette smoke. Few non-smokers contract cancer of the bladder which is sufficient proof that smoking and bladder cancer are integrally related. So much so, that Dr Coetzee says one can often tell if a patient with bladder cancer is a smoker by simply looking at their bladder because the bladder of a smoker with cancer is often inflamed and red. Likewise, one can see in these patients when a smoker has quit smoking because the bladder mucosa becomes healthy and pale as the effects of harmful toxins reduce.
Cancer of the bladder is as common in smoking patients as lung cancer. In previous years, cancer of the bladder was predominantly found in men, because the majority of smokers were men. However, today’s statistics are more evenly distributed between men and women, whereby the ratio is now 1:1.
Cancer of the bladder is also known as one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and it is responsible for one of the highest mortality rates of urologic cancer.
Cancer of the upper tracts (kidney and ureters) is less common but also has a strong association with smoking.
Mr van der Walt, Richard Goodchild and Mrs van Schalkwyk visited the City Kidz School in Johannesburg on 15 April 2013. Mr van der Walt handed over a cheque to the school in support of their new building project. City Kidz is a pre and primary school located in the centre of Johannesburg aimed at the upliftment of the children who live in the area. The school is a part of the City of Johannesburg inner-city renewal campaign and The Urology Hospital is proud to support this initiative as its Corporate Social Investment Project.
On the 7 May 2013 The Urology Hospital had a stand at the Nuwe Hoop Skool in Ashlea Gardens. Nuwe Hoop Skool educates and trains children with cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, metabolic disorders or syndromes and children with learning disabilities. The school has 406 children of which 25 are weekly borders.
Many of the children have Spina Bifida and therefore suffer with bladder problems and incontinence. The school secretary and school nurse contacted The Urology Hospital and urged us to be present at their exhibition as many children would have been to The Urology Hospital before for treatment.
The Urology Hospital sent two Nursing Sisters who are experts in Urodynamics and Incontinence, Sister Louella van der Venter and Sister Sarie Venter. The hospitals’ Nursing Manager, Wilma van Schalkwyk, also attended. The Urology Hospitals’ table at the expo was inundated with pupils, parents, teachers and delegates from other institutions asking questions, advice and getting information on all things pertaining to Urology.
The Exposition was widely marketed in local newspapers and radio stations including The Rekord, Die Beeld, The Pretoria News and Jacaranda FM. The Exposition was well attended throughout the day from 10am – 5pm.
The exposition was a great success and The Urology Hospital has already been invited back again next year.
One of the core values of The Urology Hospital is to create a culture of learning. In-line with this, they decided to celebrate International Hand wash Day by hosting an educational day of learning and fun with the Grade 3 class from City Kidz School. The event was held at the Hospital where the children gathered at 9am with a buzz of excitement as most of them had never been into a hospital before.
Mr Sarel van der Walt welcomed the group of scholars and explained that they are the hospital’s “dream children” as they fulfil the hospitals dream of investing into education. Mrs Wilma van Schalkwyk hosted the event.
Sister Sarie Venter gave an informative talk to the group of 40 children and several staff members and showed them how to practically wash their hands in 5 easy steps. She discussed topics such as hygiene, germs and the importance of washing hands.
The children were then split into two groups; one group started by painting their hands with brightly coloured paint and then placing it on large white paper to create a beautiful collage. Sister Irene Mooketsi then explained practically how the children were to wash their hands to prevent germs from spreading. The second group was taken on a tour of the hospital to view some of the wards, ICU and theatre areas. The children were all given surgeon caps and over shoes and as they were guided around the hospital, Mrs van Schalkwyk explained what everything was and how it all worked.
The two groups then swopped around so they all got educated on how a hospital works and how to wash their hands and also have some fun at the same time.
The Urology Hospital was proud to host this event and pleased to be imparting knowledge to the next generation.
Being the only specialist urology hospital on the continent for the last 17 years, The Urology Hospital strives to be ‘Outstanding due to Excellence’. Seventeen of the top urologists in the country, whose medical expertise and reputation precede them, have their Medical Practices based at the hospital.
In 1996, at a time when major advancements in urological equipment was taking place, a group of ten entrepreneurs in the Urology field, teamed together to establish a single-discipline independent private urological hospital.
The Urology Hospital uses highly specialised technology and equipment in treatment procedures. Commonly known surgical procedures such as prostatectomies, vasectomies and circumcisions are dealt with on a regular basis.
Academic Excellence and Training
The hospital works closely with The Department of Urology at the University of Pretoria’s Medical School to ensure the highest standard of trained staff at all times.
The hospital hosts a number of workshops throughout the year including a nursing workshop in support of National Nurses Day on 9 May 2013. Nurses will also be able to receive CPD points for attending and this is an annual event.
The Urology Hospital also works together with the Urology Society in presenting workshops for urologists at the Hospital.
It is clear that The Urology Hospital has grown to become a national asset and a factor beyond the greater Pretoria area.