KZN Hospital Launches State-of-the-Art Breast Cancer Centre
The KwaZulu-Natal Breast Centre of Excellence, an initiative of UKZN’s Head of Radiology, Professor Dibuseng Ramaema, was launched at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital during Women’s Month.
Millions of Rands were spent to ensure that the diagnosis and treatment of women with cancer is performed to a gold standard. The equipment, which includes a state-of-the-art mammography machine, is set to revolutionise healthcare in the province. All modern accessories, including a vacuum-assisted biopsy device are available in order to provide excellence in women’s health. There are two dedicated state-of-the-art ultrasound machines. The radiologist’s reporting suite boasts two dedicated mammography workstations in addition to the departmental Picture Archiving and Communication system (PACS) reporting stations.
Hospital CEO, Dr Linda P Mtshali, said the Centre was designed with women in mind. ‘What we are trying to achieve is patient-centred care which is more user-friendly for women,’ said Mtshali.
The purposely built Breast Centre is more patient focused than the previous breast unit. The new centre is integrated so that the reception and waiting areas as well as change rooms are all housed within the friendly environment inside the centre. There is a TV screen in the waiting area to impart educational information.
Professor Dibuseng P Ramaema, said ‘enriching the fabric of society with improved healthcare’ is part of UKZN and the hospital’s mission. Ramaema added that her department’s academic status has reached very high standards, and with the new equipment this will enable more novel research into breast cancer.
Radiologist, Dr Zuzile Zikalala said the department has embraced and harnessed technology, putting patients first and allowing staff to excel in their fields. ‘We are guided by Batho Pele principles that embodies the culture of putting the patient first, no matter what,’ she said.
Zikalala added that, ‘This state-of-the-art equipment enables us to achieve more, with less.’ She likened it to a “vuvuzela” as it has far reaching, amplified effects.
Mrs Beatrice V Poppy Mfeka, the Radiography manager, paid tribute to all who contributed to the project’s success, including UKZN, Radiology department staff, sponsors and hospital management.
The launch ended with a tour of the equipment and a cake-cutting ceremony to mark Women’s Day.
Words and photographs: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer