In 2013 during a call for submissions to the World Design Capital (WDC) 2014 campaign, I submitted a proposal to improve the health and well-being of the patients admitted to my unit at Groote Schuur Hospital by means of redesign and update.
The ward is home to the Acute Care Surgery Unit and is one of the highest volume wards in the hospital. With the financial constraint on the South African healthcare system, aesthetic and functional design can never be a priority. This does not mean, though, that our patients deserve anything less than a first world setting during their time of need.
Having been accepted as an official WDC 2014 project (Project number #WDC323), I hope to bring on board the private sector to show good will and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their commitment to social responsibility by joining in the makeover of the ward.
Watch this space for progress on this project. For more information about how you can get involved, drop me an email.