Fort Napier Hospital - Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Area: Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Region: Kwazulu Natal
Physical Address: 1 Devonshire Road, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Postal Address: PO Box 370, Pietermaritzburg, 3200, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)33 345 4221
Fax: +27 (0)33 345 5730
GPS Co-Ordinates: -29.6138623, 30.3689425

State Hospitals - Fort Napier Hospital - Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Fort Napier Hospital is categorized as a Specialized Hospital serving only mentally challenged clients.

60% of patients admitted are State Presidential Patients

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Admitting three types of clients namely:

  • Chronic high functioning patients –Patients that are admitted permanently, they stay for 15+ years
  • State patients – Patients are admitted for +10 years and then go for trial at court
  • Observation cases - Awaiting trial prisoners are admitted assessment by our specialized doctors for not more than 30 days

Authorized beds = 450 Usable beds = 370


Directions to Fort Napier Hospital
From the City of Pietermaritzburg take Loop / Jabu Ndlovu Street on the last robot turn left on Mabida /Edendale road – Turn right on the first robot, drive under the railway bridge for about + 150m then turn right to Fort Napier Hospital.


Services offered at Fort Napier hospital


Clinical Psychology: This section offers the following services : Diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services to adult inpatients, child and adolescent outpatients under the age of 18 years and their families; Psychological services at community mental health clinics, general hospitals and primary health care centres; Forensic psychological assessments undertaken for the courts; Health promotion programmes to schools and community organisations; training, supervision and support to intern, community service and registered clinical psychologists and students of the Nelson R Madela School of Medicine; and research into mental health problems and training issues.

Occupational Therapy: Rehabilitation therapy based on the philosophy that through 'doing' one can improve health.  It also focuses on three core areas of a person’s life, namely self-care, leisure and work.  Sebenza programs give patients the ability to work and learn skills (necessary when discharged).  The projects include industrial contract work as well as arts, crafts, making blocks and slabs, carpentry, vegetable gardening, shoe repairs and car washing. This helps them learn necessary skills to function independently in society.

Psycho-social rehabilitation: Psychological rehabilitation is a therapeutic intervention aimed at improving the psychological as well as social functioning of mental health clients.  The process requires community-initiated programmes to equip the clients with the basic skills, necessary for their successful integration into society.


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