Paediatric Surgical Out Patient Clinic Incorporating A Parental Sleep Over Facility

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH)


The Paediatric Surgical Out Patient Department is where we consult with all new, non-urgent referrals, and plan their care going forward. We also follow up with all patients after discharge as necessary – this may be for years to come. We currently see more than 1500 patients a month in the clinic.

Out Patient Clinic

The clinic was previously housed in a small, 2-roomed, prefab building. One room is a waiting area for up to 80 patients and their caregivers. The other room is a single consulting room where up to 8 doctors consult at a time – together with any students and nursing staff that are needed. There was obviously very little space and absolutely no privacy for patients.

There were also no ablution facilities.

This situation was obviously completely unacceptable, and infringes on the basic rights of these patients and their families.


Parental Sleep Over Facility

The Paediatric Surgical Ward at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital caters for infants and children, up to the age of 10 years old, who have Paediatric Surgical conditions.

Patients admitted to the ward had to remain on their own. Parents were not able stay with them.

While some parents live close enough to visit their children, many parents live far away from the hospital and could only visit their children over the weekends, if at all.

The detrimental results of this separation include:

  • Child anxiety and concerns of abandonment.
  • Parental anxiety about the welfare of their child.
  • Increasing the day-to-day work load of nursing staff who need to add motherly duties to their already over loaded professional work duties.


The New Facility was completed in November 2017

On the 29th November 2017 we were proud to launch our Paediatric outpatient & parental sleep over building at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

This was made possible by the generous donation from GSK, Mediclinic and Surgeons for little lives in partnership with the Gauteng Dept of health and many others.

This building will do so much for our little lives and we thank all those who attended our press event – we hope this good news spreads far!

Our Equipment Donors

AdvanceNetGroup Pty Limited


  • 2X Microwaves
  • 2X Toaster
  • 1X Box of toiletries for admission packs
  • 6X Packets of floor mats

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“We support communities that support us.”


SFLL would like to thank you ever so much for the wonderful donation of fridge, microwave & beds that will be occupying our Maternal Facility inside our newly built building.

  • 24X Beds (Base and Mattress)
  • 1X fridge and
  • 1X Microwave

The Construction Process

September 2017

  • We are just a few weeks away to completion.

August 2017

  • We are just over 70% complete. Plaster work done and doors are in.

July 2017

  • We are still one week ahead of schedule, the building is coming off beautifully.

June 2017

  • The building is 60% complete, we are now 1 week ahead of schedule.

May 2017

  • Brick and steelwork has started, building coming beautifully. We are still on schedule as per building program.

April 2017

  • The platform has been prepared and foundation will start from the 19th of April 2017


March 2017

  • Demolition completed and building to start shortly.
  • Mediclinic has appointed Mascini Consultants through a tender process to do the construction.

House Mother

Thank you all for the applications received for the House mother post, unfortunately the post was only for one individual. We are happy to announce our second full time employee sponsored by your kind donations. She started on the 19th March 2018, the new Maternal Facility now has a full time mother taking care and ensuring the smooth running of the Facility.


Primary Sponsors