The Hospital of Hope: A gateway for transitioning from the dispensary
On the 10th of June 2020 the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), also known as the “Hospital of Hope”, opened its doors as one of the first Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) field hospitals in South Africa. The facility, which was re-purposed to treat COVID-19 patients, was established as a pilot facility to inform a model for additional field hospitals. Various healthcare professionals were recruited to provide relief for the anticipated surge in the spread of the virus. New Somerset Hospital (NSH) was assigned the task of providing remote pharmacy services for the facility. These included the management of ward stock as well as a more progressive, practice-related role, where pharmacists were rotated to provide onsite assistance at the CTICC.