WATCH: Health workers’ spirits uplifted with praise and worship

Staff members at Mediclinic Bloemfontein taking part in the praise and worship session.

To uplift the spirits of all patients and staff members, Mediclinic Bloemfontein hosted a praise and worship session in the parking lot of the hospital yesterday afternoon.

Barbara Steenkamp, Patient Experience Manager at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, said the need for such sessions was recently identified by hospital management. This after they realised that the pandemic has been around for about 16 months, and as a result it has been tough on staff members as they are the biggest Mediclinic in the country and are constantly busy helping people.

Steenkamp told Bloemfontein Courant that the session was also a way to get people together. It was co-hosted by a group that is made up of different churches in the city. “It was two sessions that took place during staff lunch breaks where people could sing along with the Doxa Deo band.”

“Our staff and patients needed spiritual upliftment, and I think singing is one medium that brings everyone together. So we decided to get a band and do this for our staff and patients. The sound was loud enough for the patients inside the hospital to also hear the music.”

She explained that the hospital has an occupational unit to assist staff members that have been affected emotionally by the trauma that the pandemic has brought to frontline workers. “The unit, which is only for the staff at the hospital, is made up of a social worker and two nursing sisters. We also have a doctor who gives our staff members free consultations if the need arises.”

Sazly Hartzenberg