Author - Cath Davis

Dr Lungi Nyathi

Alignd announces Dr Lungi Nyathi as new CEO

Press release: Alignd has appointed Dr Lungi Nyathi as CEO from December this year Dr Lungi Nyathi joins Alignd from Medscheme/Afrocentric Health where she served as Executive Director for over five years. She brings to her new role a wealth of experience, having worked in the healthcare sector in executive, management, and clinical roles over the past 11 years. Welcoming Nyathi, [...]

How an extra layer of care is bringing relief to a family dealing with serious cancer

Heather Duiker* is 78. Her daughter, Geraldine (45) describes her mom as creative, loyal, and straight-forward. Two years ago, Heather was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, and Geraldine now adds “tough” to the list describing her mom. “When we heard the diagnosis, there was such disbelief. Then we were just shattered,” says Geraldine. But Heather just wanted to find out what [...]

This is the power of early referral palliative care

Through honest conversations with a palliative care doctor, discussing preferences for her ongoing care and early referral to palliative care, Nina was given the opportunity to consider what was important to her, and her young family. Nina* was a teacher. Married, with a 3-year-old daughter, she was 35 when she was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer, which had [...]

Why enlisting palliative care on diagnosis of serious cancer is the opposite to giving up

You can start palliative care at any stage of a serious illness, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment. In fact, says palliative care trained doctor and co-founder of Alignd, Linda Holding, the earlier you access this extra layer of specialised care and support, the better for you and your family. Imagine there was specialised [...]

Sign here for meaningful, cost-effective palliative care

Because a forward-thinking, patient-centric medical scheme partnered with Alignd, a 74-year-old man with metastatic cancer received the care and support he wanted right from diagnosis until he died peacefully in his own bed. Morally sound design. High quality care. Cost effective. Three phrases every medical scheme wants to hear. And that’s how we’ve developed Alignd.Palliative. Most people want to die at [...]

Much-needed support on an often-lonely road

Dr Pelisa Ford is a practising oncologist and palliative care physician. That’s a fairly rare combination, but a very powerful one for her patients. Here’s why… “I wouldn’t be the doctor I am today, without palliative care,” says Dr Pelisa Ford. When Pelisa was a medical officer in oncology – not yet a qualified oncologist – her role was to look after [...]

We’re offering an internship

We are looking for an intern with computer science skills to join the Alignd team! We are a strongly collaborative team, working in the best interests of patients. Alignd is a managed-care organisation that brings together a unique combination of clinical, financial, and analytical skills with the aim of building a compassionate, patient-centred, and sustainable health system. We offer comprehensive financing solutions for [...]

Taking care to people’s homes

Palliative care doctor, Dr Cameron Bruce, chooses to care for patients away from a frenetic hospital environment where physicians run in and out of rooms, order lab tests and check results. He chooses to sit down with patients and their families, to stay longer, and offer deep care and comfort. When curative treatment ceases to work, patients can sometimes feel [...]

Palliative care guidelines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa (Palprac) has compiled guidelines for managing adult patients currently receiving home-based palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic. As ever, the role of palliative care practitioners in the time of COVID-19 is to keep the “care” in healthcare, even as systems, patients and providers are under siege. Our colleagues at Palprac have put together guidance [...]

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