The MEC visited Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital following the video that has been circulating on social media.

*Voice note of MEC for Health and Wellness, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko after her visit to Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital earlier today.  - Friday, 16 December 2022*

Yesterday there was a period when the Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital’s Accident & Emergency (Casualty) unit was full of patients at the time the video was taken. In order to ease the pressure, the overflow area was used to decongest Casualty. 

The patients in the video are mental healthcare users who were moved back to Casualty as soon as beds were available in the wards. 

The Hospital is currently in the process of completing an admission ward which will be used to decongest Casualty. 

It should be noted that the demand for service on Tembisa Hospital far outstrips it’s capacity. Tembisa Hospital is the only hospital in the north of Ekurhuleni and the facility does not turn away any patients, even when its full.

We welcome the announcement made this week by the Premier that the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Executive Council has resolved that a replacement hospital for the Kempton Park Hospital will be built in the Kempton area to reduce the load on Tembisa Hospital.

Issued by the Gauteng Department of Health

For more information, contact Tshepo Shawa, MEC Spokesperson on 072 222 6333 

Motalatale Modiba, Head of Communication on 064 803 0808

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