False Bay Hospital needs industrial washing machine

A single donation among many; now the hospital needs an industrial washing machine.

False Bay Hospital needs an industrial washing machine to handle laundry from its Covid-19 ward.

The hospital has seen a steady increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. According to hospital spokeswoman Natalie Watlington, there are now six positive cases and seven under investigation.

The False Bay Hospital Trust appealed recently for linen, blankets and duvets for the Covid-19 ward, and now it is looking for a washing machine big enough to get through all the donated bedding.

Ms Watlington said Covid-19 patients needed their linen washed daily.

The trust’s spokeswoman, Jocelyn Freed, said the hospital had outsourced laundry in the past but could not do so during the Covid-19 crisis.

The appeal for linen for single and three-quarter beds as well as blankets and duvets saw donations from the valley as well as Oranjezicht, Vredehoek and beyond.

“This valley has been so generous as have the people and organisations beyond our geographical border, and we are so grateful,” Ms Freed said.

The Angel Network Western Cape and the Vredehoek/Devil’s Peak Community Action Network (CAN) had been very helpful, and some of the bright linen that had been donated would help to brighten up the hospital wards during a difficult time, she said, thanking all those who had given.

Ms Freed said the trust hoped to raise R80 000 to buy the washing machine. Contact Jocelyn Freed at 083 708 2569 or jocelynf@innovationshack.co.za to help.