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Construction of Turffontein Clinic resumes

7th March 2024

By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Senior Contributing Editor Online

     

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The construction of Turffontein Clinic has restarted following a temporary stoppage, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) says in a statement.

The two-storey, 1 870 m² facility is said to be rapidly taking shape, with the foundational structure emerging.

The JDA is steering the construction of Turffontein Clinic on behalf of the City of Johannesburg.

The clinic aims to set new benchmarks in patient care and occupational health and safety standards, JDA highlights.

Strategically situated on the corner of De Villiers and Van Hulsteyn streets, the clinic’s reach will extend to Turffontein, Rosettenville, Kenilworth and neighbouring suburbs in Johannesburg South.

The clinic is close to Main street, the main commercial street of Rosettenville, connecting it via public transport and non-motorised transport linkages, the JDA avers.

Designed to cater to evolving healthcare needs, the clinic will boast a comprehensive array of facilities.

These include a 120-seat waiting area, 18 consulting rooms, an emergency unit, a dedicated section for maternal and child health, counselling spaces, and specialized areas for antiretroviral treatment and tuberculosis therapy.

The clinic will also have an isolation room, a central pharmacy, social work counselling rooms and ablution facilities.

The facility will comprise six wings, catering to various medical needs including antenatal care, chronic conditions, administration, acute ailments and emergencies. This initiative forms part of the broader Health Infrastructure Upgrade Programme by the City of Johannesburg, aimed at enhancing basic health services city-wide.

The passive design of the clinic focuses on the direct linkage and integration with the De Villiers street and Rotunda Linear Park upgrade, the JDA points out.

Also, it incorporates a visually permeable building that will send sightlines between the park and the clinic, advancing passive surveillance as a safety measure, it adds.

In recent years, the JDA implemented and completed the Rotunda Linear Park. The project involved splitting a 2 km stretch of De Villiers street, which runs west and east from either side of Rotunda Park and creating a new green public space.

"Turffontein Clinic, once completed, will significantly uplift living standards by providing essential healthcare access to local residents.

“Clinics are not just buildings; they are vital pillars of community resilience and well-being. The Turffontein Clinic represents our commitment to ensuring that every resident has access to healthcare they deserve, fostering a healthier and more prosperous future for all,” says project implementation executive manager Siyabonga Genu.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online

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