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Updated 04 May 2016

'Floors caked in dried blood and waiting room filthy'

Douglas' Breipaal Clinic outside Kuruman has been without a cleaner since last August, forcing medical staff to act as cleaners after hours. The Northern Cape DOH has not offered a solution.

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Clean enough to eat off the floors is how some people would expect a clinic to be, but in one Northern Cape clinic this is far from the reality.

At Douglas' Breipaal Clinic outside Kuruman, the floors are allegedly caked in dried blood and the waiting room is "filthy".

The clinic has been without a cleaner since last August, forcing staff including overburdened nurses to act as cleaners after hours. Breipaal Clinic patient Mary Jacobs said she felt sorry for staff shouldering additional work.

Read: Overworked nurses cause serious errors

"I can see they are exhausted by the end of the day," she said. "They just don't have time during the day to do additional duties like clean the floors."

"I have noticed that not all of them are helpful when it comes to cleaning up – I guess it is not their job," said Jacobs, adding patients often leave the waiting area in a terrible mess.

Read: Poor service also at private hospitals

Patient Sherly Isaacs described the condition of the clinic's floor as "unbearable". Isaacs said she brings her baby boy to the facility for check-ups, but refuses to put him on the floor.

"I sit him on my lap all the time," she said. "There are bloodstains on the floor - it is so unhygienic. I can't let my baby crawl around and play in such conditions."

The Northern Cape Department of Health had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press. - Health-e News

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