PATIENTS call it the hospital from hell. While blankets and sheets lie in a dirty pile in the laundry room, new mums and people who have undergone operations freeze on bare mattresses.
Problems started two months ago when the Limpopo Department of Health terminated the contract of the company that did the Groblersdal Hospital’s laundry.
But health workers have had enough and are demanding that the department do something as patients will not recover if they’re uncomfortable. Patient and new mum Mpho Mogaladi (28) told Daily Sun she was admitted on Tuesday and was horrified to discover there was no sheet or blanket on her bed.
A nurse who didn’t want to be named said hospital management is doing nothing to solve the problem.
“Patients either sleep on cold mattresses or have to rely on their families to bring them blankets,’’ she said.
“It’s cold even when you have a blanket over you, never mind a sheet. This is unacceptable.”
Limpopo health spokeswoman Sinenhlanhla Gumede said there has been a laundry problem at the hospital for two months because the service provider’s contract was terminated.
“This is regrettable and we’re doing our best to appoint a new service provider,’’ she said. “We’re currently relying on neighbouring hospitals to do laundry.”