Groote Schuur Hospital - Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Area: Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Physical Address: Groote Schuur Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa (off Main Road, Observatory)
Postal Address: Groote Schuur Hospital, Private Bag, Observatory, 7937, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 404 2187/8
Fax: +27 (0)21 404 3254
Contact Person: Mr Alaric Jacobs (Public Relations Manager)
GPS Co-Ordinates: 33° 56´ 24.96" S; 18° 27´ 50.66" E

State Hospitals Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


Groote Schuur Hospital, or GSH, is a Central Hospital which forms part of the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health, South Africa which provides:

  • specialised and super-specialised care for patients
  • world class academic training for interns and residents
  • and is a world renowned research hospital.

We are probably most famous for being the hospital where the first heart transplant took place in 1967. Visit the GSH Museum to see how medicine has changed over the years.

However, there is much work to be celebrated that is done by the hospital's many departments and over 3663 dedicated staff who care for more than 560 000 referrals and inpatient admissions per year.

Many of these cases are complex and this is one of the reasons that GSH is an excellent teaching as well as healing institution.

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As an academic health centre, we will strive to provide outstanding tertiary and quaternary care for the patients of the Western Cape and beyond. We will promote excellence in teaching and research.



To be the leading academic hospital in Africa with international standing.

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To become a patient at Groote Schuur Hospital, you have to be referred by a primary or secondary health care facility, such as a clinic or doctor.

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