Latest  hospital accreditations awarded by COHSASA

The first Life Healthcare hospital in South Africa, the Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town, has been accredited for two years by the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA).

This means that the hospital meets over 3 800 rigorous criteria to provide safe, quality care to its patients. This is especially important during the current Coronavirus Pandemic where hospital systems are under strain, particularly in the Western Cape where there appears to be a higher caseload than in other provinces.

A COHSASA accreditation award means the healthcare organisation has entered a rigorous quality improvement programme and has been assessed against, and complies with, standards recognised by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the global body overseeing accreditation and quality improvement programmes in healthcare organisations in 70 countries around the world. COHSASA itself is accredited by ISQua as are its standards.

The healthcare facilities listed below have also been awarded accreditation by The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), a not-for-profit company (NPC) based in Cape Town.

Healthcare facilities that initially enter the programme and meet standards are awarded two-year accreditations and as the journey in improving quality continues, awards of longer duration are given. A four-year accreditation award from the Council should signal to patients that a facility has sustained an excellent level of standards over a commendable period.

The entrance of Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont Medical District.

Name of Facility Location Accreditation Award
Life Kingsbury Hospital Claremont, Cape Town Two Years’ Full Accreditation
Mediclinic Durbanville Durbanville, Cape Town Four Years’ Full Accreditation
Mediclinic Cape Gate Cape Town Three Years’ Full Accreditation
Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Adams Branch Nairobi, Kenya Three Years’ Full Accreditation
King Faisal Hospital Kigali, Rwanda Four Years’ full Accreditation

In the table above, it is thus possible to safely assume that the standards of quality and patient safety in both Mediclinic Durbanville and King Faisal Hospital in Rwanda have reached long-term and institutionalised levels. Mediclinic Cape Gate has been accredited a commendable three times since it opened. Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Adams Branch has been accredited for a second time and is the first hospital in Kenya to achieve COHSASA accreditation. The rest of the hospitals in this private Kenyan group are working towards accreditation.King Faisal Hospital is a public sector hospital in Rwanda, and this is the hospital’s sixth accreditation award.

All facilities that receive accreditation awards must undergo either a remote or onsite interim survey halfway through the period to ensure that standards are being maintained.