In reply to the MedicalBrief article about the turnaround of Ladismith’s Alan Blyth Hospital, it is pleasing to know that something has changed to the good of people in Ladismith and surroundings.
I know this hospital in Ladismith quite well, from many years ago. In those years 1957 till 1970 there was never a shortage of any kind of medicine.
At the time we were staying there, Dr Blyth was the medical superintendent and he had two colleagues: a Dr Uys and a Dr Garisch. The radiographer at that time Mr V Louw was also the ‘handyman’ at the hospital.
At that time their was no ambulance service either. If my memory serves me correct the first ambulance arrived somewhere in the 1960’s till 1970 with the help of the Suid-Afrikaanse Noodhulp Liga.
I know all this because at that time my mother was the Matron at the Ladismith Hospital and my father was the ambulance officer.
Front row Right to left Sr A de Bod, Dr. Garisch, Dr. A Blyth, Matron D.M.S.M Wagener, Dr. Uys.
Second Row Right Mr Vince Louw Hospital Handy man and Radiographer, Left Mr. Olivier Hospital Secretary.
Unfortunately I cannot remember the other staff members.
Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner]
Kathu, Northern Cape