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Facilities and Labs

Our facilities are being upgraded on a continuous basis to meet the needs of the staff and students.  Recent improvements in the Faculty include: 

  • Walk Way Project: This included providing safe and secure access and parking for staff and students as well as upgrading of the parking area. 
  • Sport Facilities: A new mini soccer field, basketball court, tennis court and action cricket court was established. 
  • Cafeteria: Staff and student cafeteria was upgraded during 2013. 
  • Lecture Facilities: Development of new 50 and 140 seat lecture hall. A new 400 seat lecture hall has just been completed at the Prinshof North Campus and 4 x 400 seat lecture halls under construction at Prinshof South Campus. 
  • IT Lab: New 50 seat IT lab with 24 hour access has also been competed. 

Skills Laboratory

This unique facility was the first of its kind in South Africa, confirming our status as a leader in innovation. The Skills Laboratory offers all students within the Faculty of Health Sciences the opportunity to acquire clinical, communication and ethical skills which will play an essential role in their ability to effectively diagnose and treat future patients. The laboratory assists with shaping a well-rounded pool of knowledge from which the student may draw upon in his/her future practice. In this multidisciplinary lab, students acquire and refine psychomotor and communication skills before putting such skills into practice. The aim is not to replace the learning opportunities in the clinical setting, but to practice skills in simulated conditions without jeopardising the patient's safety.

The Skills Lab is equipped with a wide array of resources in order to provide a high standard of training.  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (adults and children), pelvic, breast and head mannequins constitute but a few of the many teaching tools.  Dummy arms, backs and baby heads are used to teach skills such as phlebotomy, inserting intravenous drips, executing a lumbar puncture and inserting sutures.  The Lab also has examination rooms, where practical assessment of skills takes place in the form of OSCE’s (Objective Standardised Clinical Examinations).  Standardised Patients are employed for teaching and assessment purposes.  They are trained to enact certain medical conditions, thereby creating an authentic and a safe learning environment where the students can improve their diagnostic treatment and communication skills.

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Academic Information Service

The Academic Information Service (AIS) of the Faculty has the largest running magazine collection of all the medical libraries in the country. A special programme that is managed by the library ensures that all students receive training in information literacy. Pharmaceutical companies, private practitioners and private individuals in the related health care professions can also make use of the library's services. The AIS is also actively involved with the medical curriculum.

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Computer-based Education Laboratories

Computer-based education is an integral part of the curricula and the Faculty currently has well-equipped computer laboratories. These world-class computer facilities provide students with an opportunity to enhance their computer literacy, which enables them to excel at a technological level. These laboratories are used for the training and evaluation testing of students.

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EDC Laboratory

This laboratory is dedicated to EDC screening assays especially for estrogenic activity. The assays utilised in this laboratory are the Recombinant Yeast Screen assay (Sacchyromyces cerevisiae) for estrogenic activity and the KBluc reporter gene assay. Water and sediment samples are screened in this laboratory for (anti-)estrogenic activity. Qualified research scientists are responsible for running the assays and for technique development on bio-assays. This laboratory is operated in collaboration with the Department of Urology.

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Toxicology Laboratory

The laboratory functions as a reproductive toxicology laboratory where the primary function is a basic semen analysis accompanied by various specific histological evaluations. The focus is to investigate the effects of various environmental exposures on reproductive health. For the toxicology studies the animal facilities of Pretoria Biomedical Research Centre (UPBRC) at Onderstepoort Campus, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, is used. Studies are performed using animal models, like rodents. International standardised protocols (example: OECD) and ethical procedures are followed.

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Air Quality Laboratory 

A new Air Quality Laboratory was started and research in this field has become one of the focus areas at the SHSPH. This laboratory is also investigating occupational exposure to pollutants.
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