Upgrades at Northpine and Sarepta clinics

Northpine clinic, next to the Northpine community hall.

The City of Cape Town will spend R2 million in coming months on renovating the Northpine and Sarepta clinics, the latter found to have poor ventilation for TB patients.

The City’s health department has budgeted R50 million for renovations and construction work at clinics across Cape Town, according to a City statement.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security and social services, said the Northpine and Sarepta clinics were due for upgrades early next year, with R1 million budgeted for each.

The work would be done in two phases at the Northpine clinic. Existing toilets would revamped, a disabled toilet added and the consulting rooms rebuild in the first phase. In the second phase, a pre-fabricated structure would be built, housing a staff and counselling room and more space for consulting rooms.

The deadline for much of the phase-one work was February next year, with phase-two due to start in April.

Mr Smith said work on the toilets might happen at weekends to minimise disruption to the clinic’s services.

“ If this is not possible, residents can visit either Scottsdene clinic or Brackenfell clinic as alternatives,” he said.

Another R1 million would be spent at the Sarepta clinic, he said, to increase the size of its TB unit and counselling rooms, which did not meet ventilation requirements. Work was expected to start in April next year.

“No services will be disrupted during the construction of the prefabricated building,” he said.

Both clinics are adjacent to community halls, but Mr Smith said the work would not affect services at the halls.

Northpine resident Magda Metjielies takes her grandchild for regular check-ups at the clinic and said the renovations were needed because more people were using the clinic daily. “The rooms are too cramped for all of us, so this will benefit the whole community” she said.