Hospital Milestones

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As the first stand-alone specialist hospital in southern Africa dedicated entirely to children, the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital has a long list of successes and milestones within paediatric healthcare on the African continent:


The first open heart surgery on a child in South Africa.


The first successful separation of conjoined twins in South Africa


Established the first dedicated children’s cancer service in South Africa


The first tertiary hospital in South Africa to host a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Programme


The first tracheostomy and ventilation home care programme in South Africa was developed, enabling children with respiratory problems to be cared for at home


The first paediatric heart transplant in South Africa The first combined liver and kidney transplant on a child in South Africa


A new state-of the-art Operating Theatre Complex was built, comprising eight fully equipped specialised operating theatres of which three are fully digitalised


The upgrade of the only specialised paediatric Burns Unit within a dedicated children’s hospital in Africa, with modernised facilities on par with the ICU level of critical care and international standards


First deep brain stimulation operation on the youngest child in southern Africa

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