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Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH)

Groote Schuur Hospital

Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) is one of the major teaching hospitals in South Africa. Founded in 1938 with a major expansion project in 1984 culminating in the “New Groote Schuur Hospital”, the hospital has just celebrated its 75th anniversary.

The institution shot to world-wide fame in 1967 when Christiaan Barnard conducted the first human heart transplant at GSH. The hospital provides care and training in all major disciplines of medicine on a total budget of R1 488, 000 000 and has 895 beds, 3 173 staff, treats over 43 000 in-patients and has almost 470 000 people attending outpatient clinics annually.

GSH has one of the largest neurosurgical patient loads in Southern Africa, treating approximately 3,500 outpatients and performing in excess of 1,000 neurosurgical operations annually. The University of Cape Town’s Medical School is situated across the road from this tertiary care training hospital.

Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

The adult services at GSH are complemented by the paediatric services at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Since the

appointment of the first full-time paediatric neurosurgeon Dr Warwick Peacock 35 years ago, this service has established a leading reputation nationally and internationally.

These two hospitals serve as the major teaching hospitals for the University of Cape Town (UCT), and the UCT Division of Neurosurgery is responsible for the integrated care of neurosurgical patients at both these hospitals.

The Associated Academic Hospitals are integral components of the Health Service of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. The main functions of the hospital are to provide patient care (especially at tertiary and higher levels), teaching and research.

Groote Schuur is Dutch for ‘Great Barn’, named after the original estate that was established by Dutch settlers in the 17th century and subsequently bequeathed to the nation by Cecil John Rhodes. At its inception, the hospital was intended to be ‘a South African and not a Cape Town institution’, training medical students from all over the country (and happily we can now say, from all over the continent).

UCT Private Academic Hospital

A highly specialised private hospital, the UCT Private Academic Hospital is located within Groote Schuur Hospital but is administered separately by Netcare in partnership with the University.