Physical, mental help for doctors as pandemic moves towards peak

As COVID-19 moves towards its inevitable peak - adding additional stresses to an already pressurised medical profession across all sectors -Discovery Health has taken...

COVID-19’s burden on mental health

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the physical lives of most people. But now there are also indications that the pandemic has negative consequences...

Many initial COVID-19 treatment trials poorly designed

A report published in the British Medical Journal has claimed that many clinical trials for COVID-19 treatments are limited by their design, with one-third...

Home-based sleep studies golden standard for diagnosing OSA and the safer...

Hospitals are reluctant to admit patients while infection risk and availability of beds for COVID-19 patients are in the balance. Home-based sleep studies and CPAP titration...

Hospitals urged not to use psychiatric beds for non-psychiatric patients

The national Department of Health, provincial departments of health and private hospital groups have been urged not to use psychiatric beds for non-psychiatric COVID-19...

Council releases updated COVID-19 PMB Definition Guideline*

The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has released an updated version (V3) of its PMB definition guideline for COVID-19 which includes an insertion of...

COVID-19: We are in for the long haul

“We need to realise that we are only at the beginning of this pandemic and there is no way that this spiral will just...

Neuroimaging features of COVID-19 variable

Neuroimaging features of COVID-19, the authors of a research letter published online in Radiology have noted, are variable among patients with acute neurological symptoms but...

Telemedicine benefitting doctors and patients*

Telemedicine – the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically in the same room – has been...

Private doctors’ role in DoH’s COVID-19 response: Feedback from the SAPPF

The SAPPF has sent out a communication to members to update them on deliberations with the Department of Health on the many critical outstanding...

Telehealth + COVID-19 adding new dimension to practice management*

Telehealth is a focus at present, given the surge of COVID-19 – a focus that has served to update and expand regulations around telehealth...

POSITION STATEMENT: Who should decide on surgical procedure during COVID-19 pandemic?

In response to a number of refusals to authorise surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, Surgicom Chairperson, Dr Philip Matley was asked to write a position statement...

Academy of Science urges government to consult wider on its COVID-19...

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) says although government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been effective, it is crucial that it...

OPINION: Time has come to look toward the horizon and take...

South Africans have borne the brunt of nationwide lockdown for more than six weeks thus far – the diligence and perseverance of citizens proving...

More volunteers needed for COVID-19 Doctors on Call Programme

The Covid-19 Doctors on Call oversight committee is appealing to all South African registered doctors to consider voluntary participation in the Covid-19 Doctors on...

October SA Heart Congress cancelled

The SA Heart & PCR Congress 2020, scheduled to have taken place from 22 to 25 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, has been cancelled. “This unfortunate decision...

Schedule 2, 3 & 4 chronic medications: 12-month repeats now permitted

Patients on Schedule 2, 3 and 4 chronic medications may now be prescribed repeats of up to 12 months by their pharmacist, Minister of Health, Dr Zweli...

Expanding niche finance and insurance products for the medical sector*

Behind this story lies the interesting tale of legendary businessman and insurance expert, Jannie Parsons. Currently the managing director of JPF, Jannie’s fascinating story reveals...