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Bleeding patient denied entry by security guards, dies at clinic gate

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The critically-ill man was brought to Northam Clinic at 3am by his relatives and they were allegedly told by security guards to call an ambulance, which only arrived after the man had died.

Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba. File picture: Screengrab from YouTube

THE LIMPOPO Department of Health has initiated an investigation into “a distressing incident” where a patient passed away at the entrance of Northam Clinic in the Waterberg District after he was denied entry to the health facility.

The patient was bleeding “in all his body orifices” when he was rushed to Northam Clinic at around 3am on Saturday, said provincial Health spokesperson Derick Kganyago.

“According to the preliminary reports, it is alleged that a family brought a critically-ill male patient at around 3am who was bleeding in all his body orifices as an emergency,” Kganyago said.

“Instead of allowing them access, security guards informed them that due to load shedding they will not open for them but rather opted to give them contact numbers for emergency medical services. It is unfortunate that by the time the ambulance arrived, the patient had already died.”

A critically-ill patient died after he was allegedly denied entry to a clinic in Limpopo by security guards. File picture: Pexels

He said nurses who were on duty inside the clinic were only informed after the patient had died.

The Limpopo MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, said that while the full report on the incident was awaited, security guards at health facilities should stay in their lane.

“While we are still waiting for the full report on what transpired, we are hurt, saddened and equally angered by the allegations. Denying access to health care services contradicts our commitment to upholding basic human rights,” said Ramathuba, who is a medical doctor by profession.

“We reiterate our plea to security guards to adhere to their duties and refrain from triaging patients, a responsibility outside their expertise. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family of the deceased.”

In August, it was reported that Ramathuba had sent a team to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of a man who collapsed and died on his way home after he was allegedly turned away at Ramupudu Clinic in Limpopo.

The ailing man had visited the health-care centre seeking medical attention.

“Some community members allege that the man was denied medical assistance at the clinic,” the provincial Health Department said at the time.

“However, preliminary reports from the nursing staff indicate that the patient in question was seen by the staff at the clinic who recommended that he be transferred to Groblersdal Hospital for further medical care and management.”

In the nurses’ version of events, the patient refused to immediately go to the hospital, insisting that he firstly needed to consult at home before he could go to the hospital.

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