Mediclinic Panorama, the first hospital planned and commissioned just three years after the founding of the Mediclinic private hospital group, opened its doors in August 1986. Since its inception the hospital has been a huge success due to its carefully planned design, sophisticated equipment and facilities, its professional and dedicated staff and management and leading medical professionals.
In 1995 Mediclinic Panorama opened two world-class special units, the Heart Unit and Oncology Unit, both of which have been a resounding success. In 1998, the hospital opened another two special units – its Endoscopy Unit and Neonatal Critical Care Unit, both of which set new standards in the way in which these health services are delivered.
Dr Botha attended the University of Pretoria from 1972 to 1978 where he obtained the degree M.B.Ch.B.(Pret)
Internship followed at Pietersburg Hospital in Northern Transvaal, South Africa.
In 1980 he did locums for a few months and worked as a medical officer at Duff Scott Memorial Hospital in Stilfontein. (The Western Transvaal then)
From 1981- 1986 he joined a General Practice in Klerksdorp as part of a group of 5 general practitioners and was very involved in surgery, anesthetics and obstetrics. He had a large midwifery practice.
In 1987 he became restless with the general practice and accepted a Registrar position in Cardio-Thoracic surgery at the University of the Orange Free-State. (Pelenomi Hospital and National Hospital). He eventually decided that open heart surgery was not for him and changed direction to general surgery at Stellenbosch University where he obtained his M.Med.(Surg)in 1991 at Tygerberg hospital. Dr Botha stayed on at Tygerberg hospital as a consultant for a while before he started his own at practice at Panorama Medi-Clinic in 1992 and has been there ever since.
The Laparoscopic era started when the 1st gallbladder was removed by a Gynecologist in 1989.
During 1992 and 1993 the eruption of knowledge in the Laparoscopic era for surgeons developed and workshops were held all over the world and in South Africa to train surgeons to do this “keyhole” surgery.
The accreditation was done by the number of cases we did and by experience. During the 1st few years many surgeons assisted each other and did workshops to train other surgeons eventually.
Currently Dr Botha’s practice revolves around Laparoscopic Surgery mostly as well as procedures mentioned in our “major and minor procedures site.”
He is currently taking care of patients with laparoscopic or open surgery with severe intra-abdominal sepsis.
Dr Botha is still involved in Oncology procedures, Thyroid, Breast and Gastrointestinal Malignancies.
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
Registration # 0206440
Registration # Surgeon
General Medical Council United Kingdom
Registration # 3536153
Currently holds registration with a license to practice in the United Kingdom.
Antibiotics, Antimicrobial prophylaxis and Surgical infections remains a debatable platform from where Surgeons, Physicians, Microbiologists and Intensive Care interested people come together to discuss and to improve the outcome of severely ill patients. Dr Botha has a special interest in this topic and is actively involved in the treatment of severely ill patients.