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Overview

Our aim is to make health and wellness a culture and/or a lifestyle among our student population. Our vision is to provide free primary healthcare aimed at preventive, promotive and curative healthcare for students. We try to provide a holistic healthcare service that assists students to reach their maximum potential in all areas of life. We, therefore, direct our efforts holistically to be in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and within the regulations of the South African Nursing Council. Acknowledging that these areas of life are interrelated, we, therefore, seek to promote a multidisciplinary approach in the provision of healthcare services within our university. We also take cognisance of the external factors that influence health, namely, the environmental and economic factors.

Services

The clinic offers a comprehensive service within the Department of Student Counselling and Health with ease of referrals to and from the Student Counselling and HIV Centre. Furthermore, students are referred to departments within the University for other Services that are available, namely:
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  • Radiography
  • Chiropractic
  • Homeopathy
  • Dental

 

The services available at the campus health clinic are as follows:
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  • Treatment for minor ailments, e.g. cough and colds
  • Treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • All contraceptives including:

………………………….» Male and female condoms

………………………….» Emergency contraceptives (morning after pill)

………………………….» Implanon

………………………….»Emergency care, including rape management and needle stick injuries, epilepsy and asthma

………………………….» Pap smears

………………………….» A support system for long-term treatment

………………………….» Wellness clinic

………………………….» Tuberculosis management

………………………….» A medical doctor is available for two hours daily

………………………….» Health information and dissemination

………………………….» Immunisation

………………………….» Referrals to and from clinics (internally and externally)

………………………….» HIV testing service, including provider-initiated counselling and testing (PICT)

………………………….» Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV

………………………….» Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for rape or needle stick injuries

………………………….» Anti-retroviral treatment (ART) initiation for HIV-positive students

………………………….» COVID-19 assessment, management and referral including COVID-19 PCR testing on campus, where indicated. ………………………….» Limited isolation facility on Durban campuses.

What to do in a Medical Emergency

  • When phoning for emergency response, inform if student is responsive/conscious.
  • Call 0313732223 (Steve Biko), 0313736002 (City Campus), 0313736010 (Ritson Campus), during working hours or designated ambulance for after hour emergencies. 
  • Do not move the patient.
  • If unresponsive and trained in CPR, follow ABC.
  • If responsive and patient is alert, ascertain the chief complaint and inform accordingly
  • Do not crowd the patient – allow air to circulate.
  • Protect yourself (look for hazards e.g. exposed wiring)
  • If there is an open wound bleeding, apply pressure (wear gloves).
  • If the person is having a fit/seizure, turn the person on his/her side, protect from injury and let the fit proceed. Do not restrain or block the person’s airway.
  • Do not force the student to swallow anything if the student is unconscious.
  • Cool burns in cold water, and cover with a clean cloth.
  • If there are any eye splashes, rinse under running water.

COVID -19 INFORMATION

In our collective struggle to defeat COVID-19, remember that our SURVIVAL as a community and as individuals is about:
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  • Prevention
  • Awareness
  • Being prepared &
  • Knowing how to get help when you have a problem.

 

So, how do you get help if you have a problem?
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If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive, do not come to campus. Please email the COVID-19 Hotline on covid-enquiries@dut.ac.za for advice on what to do, and inform your HOD, lecturer or Residence Advisor by telephone or email.
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If you are already on campus, please contact the DUT Clinics for assessment as you may need to leave campus immediately. The Clinics can be contacted on 031 373 2223 (Durban), 033 845 8913/8966 (Indumiso) or 033 845 8811/8812 (Riverside).  If you live in residence, please inform your Residence Advisor immediately. They will advise you accordingly. Please also immediately inform your Head of Department or Lecturer.
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If you develop severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or high fever, call the DUT Clinics as above during office hours, or call 0600 123 456 (via WhatsApp); or the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) Hotline on 0800 029 999; or telephone the COVID-19 National Call Centre on 012 337 1997.
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If you do get tested, please send your COVID-19 test results to your Head of Department, lecturer or Residence Advisor for forwarding to the COVID-19 hotline on covid-enquiries@dut.ac.za
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No negative test is required for returning to campus after completion of isolation/quarantine.
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Members who have been invited to come onto campus, and who have a valid entry permit, will be granted access to campus.

 

  1. Before coming to campus:

Complete the HealthCheck COVID-19 screening form every day before leaving your place of residence. This form is to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and prevent the spread of the infection. Please be completely honest in your responses to the questions before attempting to gain access to campus.
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You can access the HealthCheck form in three ways:
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  • Dial HealthCheck on *134*832*2# this is a free call. Or
  • Go to: https://healthcheck.higherhealth.ac.za  Or
  • Add 0600 110 000 / https://wa.me/27600110000?text=hi   to your WhatsApp to contacts.

 

If you get an orange light or a red light, please do not proceed to campus. Instead, please call the COVID-19 Hotline on 031 373 3760 or 031 373 2223 or email covid-enquiries@dut.ac.za for advice on what to do.  Please also keep your Head of Department, lecturer or Residence Advisor informed.
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If you get a green light on HealthCheck, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and put on a mask covering both your nose and mouth. You may now safely proceed to campus.

 

  1. COVID-19 Regulations continue at DUT

Please note that regardless of changes to lockdown level or national legislation, all COVID-19 mitigation strategies currently in place at DUT will continue. These are:
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Space – remain a minimum of 1.5 metres away from any other person at all times on campus and in public.
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Face – wear a mask that covers nose and mouth at all times on campus and in public.
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Hands – sanitise your hands on entering campus, and continue to clean your hands regularly throughout the day.
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Clean — clean/sanitise frequently touched surfaces.
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Fingers — do not touch your face with unwashed hands.

Events

Events hosted by the clinic:

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  • Mental Health and Wellness Fair (combined departmental event)
  • Know your Status
  • MMC
  • STI Condom Week
  • Pregnancy Awareness Day
  • First-year Student Orientation (combined student services event)
  • International Menstrual Hygiene Day
  • World Aids Day
  • Cuppa for Cansa fundraising for NGOs

Staff

The staff of the student health clinic report to Dr. N. Haniff, Director, Student Counselling and Health.
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The staff comprise of the following:
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Name Tel:
·         Sr. Sooriagandhi Wardthen (Chief Professional Nurse) ·         0313732267
·         3 Medical Doctors available on a part time basis daily ·         0313732267
·         Ms. Lerato Mndaweni (Admin Assistant) ·         0313732267
·         Mrs. Judith Mdletshe (Admin Assistant) ·         0313736010
·         Mr. Ngcebo Mkhize (Senior Professional Nurse) ·         0313732267
·         Sr. Nomvuyo Mbewu (Senior Professional Nurse) ·         0313736013
·         Sr. Nomusa Mhlongo (Senior Professional Nurse) ·         0313732678
·         Sr. Lynette Chetty (Senior Professional Nurse)    ·         0313732089
·         Sr. Caren Jagessar (Senior Professional Nurse) ·         0313732027
·         Sr. Salome Naidoo (Senior Professional Nurse) ·         03137323244/3047
·         Temporary nurses to assist with the COVID-19 Pandemic as follows:

·         Sr. Sithombe Mkhize (Professional Nurse)

·         Sr. Doraine Reddy (Professional Nurse)

·         Sr. Humairaa Gardiner (Professional Nurse)

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·         0313736014/6002

·         0313732223

·         0313736002

·         3 HIV Lay Counsellors:

·         Mrs. Mecrina Yende

·         Mrs. Cynthia Matwebula

·         Mrs. Nomthandazo Mdlalose

 

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·         0313736012/2223

·         0313736012/2223

·         0313736012/2223

Locations

There are four clinics in Durban as follows:

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  • Isolempilo clinic – Gate 5 opposite sports centre
  • City campus – Smith street next to library
  • Ritson clinic – next to Hotel school
  • Brickfield clinic – second floor of Brickfield campus.