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A historic moment for Vredenburg Hospital was marked on the 14th of August when the facility had its first knee replacement surgery done on at the hospital. The procedure was performed by orthopaedic surgeons from New Somerset Hospital.

Patients from the Saldanha Bay Sub-districts are referred to New Somerset Hospital for these procedures and transport and logistical arrangements have often been a challenge for patients to have the surgery done.

Together with the clinical staff of Vredenburg Hospital, the arrangements were made to expand New Somerset Hospital’s outreach with the surgeries performed locally, making it easier for patients to access the service and to recover at a facility closer to their homes.

A knee replacement procedure was the first operation to be performed, followed by a hip replacement. The team consisted of Dr Steward Mears, Dr Bonner and Dr Barry Penn who travelled from Cape Town to perform the surgery.

Both procedures went very well and the patients with discharged later in the week after being monitored by staff of Vredenburg Hospital. They also received rehabilitation therapy from the physiotherapist, Stephanie Lochner before being discharged.

Both Vredenburg Hospital Management and the Orthopaedic outreach team of New Somerset Hospital is looking forward to future surgeries being performed at Vredenburg Hospital.

Thank you to all staff involved who made this momentous occasion a reality and keep up the good work!