The clinic has a dedicated well-equipped emergency room with an emergency trolley. The second emergency trolley is housed in the participant handling facility. The two trolleys are checked by research nurses every week to replenish any medications and consumables that are approaching expiration date. The unit’s two emergency trolleys are stocked as per SAHPRA guidelines. There is also a defibrillator, first aid kits and fire extinguishers in each of the two buildings, as well as easily accessible fire exits.
An evacuation plan has been developed in case of emergencies and evacuation drills are conducted regularly. The unit is compliant with all health and safety regulations. In case of emergencies that the site cannot handle, the site falls under the Johannesburg North emergency medical services so transports patients to Helen Joseph Hospital for further advanced care. There are also other private hospitals such as Netcare Olivedale, Life Wilgeheuwel, Sunninghill Hospital and Life Fourways facilities, if needed.
COVID-19 screening is performed at the first point of participant entry with the necessary triage policies. All staff are screened daily and use PPE appropriately. The unit has full comprehensive screening, referral, and testing; safe return to work SOPs; and COVID-19 workplace readiness plans are in place for all staff.