Dr Anita Parbhoo, Manager Medical Services, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital2018-08-20T14:04:33+00:00

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Meet Dr Anita Parbhoo, Manager Medical Services, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital 

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“There was never any other profession that I considered – even from a young age I knew that I wanted to be a doctor.”

Dr Anita Parbhoo’s interest in medicine stems from visiting hospitals from a young age as her father was an anaesthetist.  “I recall many Sunday afternoons spent in different hospital carparks with my siblings while my father was doing pre-operative examinations of patients who would have surgery on the Monday.”

Dr Parbhoo was drawn to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital ten years ago as she is passionate about healing children. Her position at the Hospital as Manager: Medical Services is demanding and she is committed to providing a quality service for ill children and their families, Dr Parbhoo believes that as the Hospital is a dedicated paediatric hospital with an excellent reputation, the clinicians who are drawn to work here generally have a special quality about them.

When asked about work-life balance, Dr Parbhoo’s reaction was, in her own words, “more like work-life juggling.”  She is constantly juggling her busy schedule at work and at home with two children as well as a husband who is also a doctor, “The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is like a family and so our paths cross on many occasions. My daughter recently became involved with RX Radio as she has a friend who was undergoing treatment for leukaemia here. This has been a wonderful experience for us all. Spending quality time with my family is very important.”

But Dr Parbhoo has decided that she has much still to achieve and is managing to now juggle further studies as well.  This extraordinary woman has embarked on a Master’s in Public Health through the School of Public Health at the University of Western Cape.  “As a Healthcare Manager, I feel that it is important to be able to have the bigger picture in mind when planning the service at a tertiary Hospital like this. As part of my Master’s degree, there is a large focus on strengthening leadership and management in the health system.

This is another of my passions and I am trying to introduce our Hospital staff to some practical management tools that they can use in their interactions on a day-to-day basis. I am finding that I will be able to use my role as Medical Manager to focus on strengthening leadership and management here, not only for the clinical staff, but also for the administrative staff who are often neglected.”

Dr Parbhoo believes that in South Africa we need to have a comprehensive healthcare approach which focuses on strengthening healthcare by starting with health promotion to prevent the onset of non-communicable diseases. We then need to carry this throughout the pathway from primary healthcare facilities right through to tertiary/ quaternary services. She firmly believes this is possible and that it also needs to be managed in such a way that indigent patients are not left destitute after incurring out of pocket medical expenses.

“Some of the ways to strengthen healthcare systems is by involving our communities; by partnering with different organisations and coming up with innovative solutions. The Children’s Hospital Trust has enabled many partnerships that has allowed this Hospital’s infrastructure to keep up to international standards, and sometimes leading the field.

“Hope and goodwill from the community has contributed to us being able to provide an excellent service for our patients.”

Dr Anita Parbhoo, MBChB,
Currently studying: Master’s Degree in Public Health
Manager: Medical Services
Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

“There was never any other profession that I considered – even from a young age I knew that I wanted to be a doctor.”

 

“There was never any other profession that I considered – even from a young age I knew that I wanted to be a doctor.”

Dr Anita Parbhoo’s interest in medicine stems from visiting hospitals from a young age as her father was an anaesthetist.  “I recall many Sunday afternoons spent in different hospital carparks with my siblings while my father was doing pre-operative examinations of patients who would have surgery on the Monday.”

Dr Parbhoo was drawn to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital ten years ago as she is passionate about healing children. Her position at the Hospital as Manager: Medical Services is demanding and she is committed to providing a quality service for ill children and their families, Dr Parbhoo believes that as the Hospital is a dedicated paediatric hospital with an excellent reputation, the clinicians who are drawn to work here generally have a special quality about them.

When asked about work-life balance, Dr Parbhoo’s reaction was, in her own words, “more like work-life juggling.”  She is constantly juggling her busy schedule at work and at home with two children as well as a husband who is also a doctor, “The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is like a family and so our paths cross on many occasions. My daughter recently became involved with RX Radio as she has a friend who was undergoing treatment for leukaemia here. This has been a wonderful experience for us all. Spending quality time with my family is very important.”

But Dr Parbhoo has decided that she has much still to achieve and is managing to now juggle further studies as well.  This extraordinary woman has embarked on a Master’s in Public Health through the School of Public Health at the University of Western Cape.  “As a Healthcare Manager, I feel that it is important to be able to have the bigger picture in mind when planning the service at a tertiary Hospital like this. As part of my Master’s degree, there is a large focus on strengthening leadership and management in the health system.

This is another of my passions and I am trying to introduce our Hospital staff to some practical management tools that they can use in their interactions on a day-to-day basis. I am finding that I will be able to use my role as Medical Manager to focus on strengthening leadership and management here, not only for the clinical staff, but also for the administrative staff who are often neglected.”

Dr Parbhoo believes that in South Africa we need to have a comprehensive healthcare approach which focuses on strengthening healthcare by starting with health promotion to prevent the onset of non-communicable diseases. We then need to carry this throughout the pathway from primary healthcare facilities right through to tertiary/ quaternary services. She firmly believes this is possible and that it also needs to be managed in such a way that indigent patients are not left destitute after incurring out of pocket medical expenses.

“Some of the ways to strengthen healthcare systems is by involving our communities; by partnering with different organisations and coming up with innovative solutions. The Children’s Hospital Trust has enabled many partnerships that has allowed this Hospital’s infrastructure to keep up to international standards, and sometimes leading the field.

“Hope and goodwill from the community has contributed to us being able to provide an excellent service for our patients.”

Dr Anita Parbhoo, MBChB,

Currently studying: Master’s Degree in Public Health

Manager: Medical Services

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

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