Umgeni Hospital - Howick, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Area: Howick, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Region: Kwazulu Natal
Physical Address: Main Road, Howick, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Postal Address: Private Bag X23, Umgeni, 3290, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)33 330 6146
Fax: +27 (0)33 330 5564
GPS Co-Ordinates: -29.5008778, 30.232779

State Hospitals - Umgeni Hospital - Howick, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Umgeni hospital is a specialised hospital situated in Howick and provides for the care of persons with mental, physical and multiple disabilities. The hospital caters for people of all races, from 3 years of age and serves the entire KwaZulu-Natal region.


The hospital serves the midlands of KZN south of the Tugela River. Umgeni Hospital has 459 usable beds and provides comprehensive and compassionate care to 392 mentally challenged individuals with severe to profound mental retardation. To be able to maintain quality of patient care, Batho Pele Principles and Patients Rights are adhered to.


Umgeni hospitals vision is to be a leading provider of optimal health care services for the mentally challenged individuals with associated physical and behavioural conditions within KwaZulu-Natal. This vision is supported by the hospitals mission and core values.


Patients are accommodated in 12 different wards according to the nursing care and treatment they require. A Frail Care Unit will be opened shortly. Individual wards accommodate 26 to 52 patients, thereby making a homely atmosphere difficult, but we try our best. Our patients are not kept "under lock and key" and have freedom of movement within the hospital. Criteria for admission.


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Services offered at Umgeni hospital

Many of Mental Health Care User’s (patients) are unable to take care of themselves and to communicate so they receive 24 hour nursing and medical care from the clinicians. For those Mental Health Care User’s who no longer have contact with their families/ relatives the Multi-Disciplinary Team can take decisions on their behalf.


The package of services is as follows:

  • Medical services
  • Nursing Services
  • Physiotherapy Services
  • Clinical Psychology Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Pharmaceutical Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Support Services (Finance, Human Resource, Laundry, Fleet Management, Security, Cleaning, Maintenance, Catering, Telecom and Registry)

The programmes are as follows:

  • Care and Rehabilitation
  • Health promotion Programme
  • Psychotherapeutic Programme
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Public Relations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Infection, Prevention & Control
  • Health & Safety

Programmes for patients are as follows:

  • Care and Rehabilitation Programme
    • Woodwork
    • Pottery
    • Handcraft
    • Social Dance (Umgeni Band)
    • Sports (Special Olympics)
  • Quality Assurance
  • Infection, Prevention & Control

Programmes for staff are as follows:

  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Staff Training and Development

Programmes for staff & patients are as follows:

  • Health Promotion Programme
  • Psychotherapeutic Programme
  • Public Relations
  • Health & Safety

Stimulation/ rehabilitation programmes are offered on a daily basis where a variety of activities are offered e.g. furniture restoration, knitting, mat-weaving, cushion making and various life skills.

Children who are unable to attend school for special learners, attend Activity Centre where they receive stimulation. Regular outings are arranged for the Mental Health Care User’s (MHCU’s) with assistance of community service groups. A great number of volunteers assist with the stimulation and development of MHCU’s

What we offer:
The staff of Umgeni Hospital is always willing to educate the public on different issues regarding mental retardation, such as:

  • What is mental retardation and what are some of the possible factors contributing to it.
  • How can mental retardation be prevented.
  • How can mental retardation be recognised and assessed.
  • Understanding the parents of children with disabilities and the process they need to go through in order to accept this condition.
  • How can service organisations and individuals be involved in the case of the mentally retarded
  • We encourage small groups of people to visit our hospital so as to learn about mental retardation and how they can become involved with our patients





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