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University Of Cape Town Hospital

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Groote Schuur Hospital is a large, government-funded, teaching hospital situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It was founded in 1938 and is famous for being the institution where the first human-to-human heart transplant took place, conducted by the University of Cape Town-educated surgeon Christiaan Barnard on the patient Louis Washkansky.

Groote Schuur is the chief academic hospital of the University of Cape Town’s medical school, providing tertiary care and instruction in all the major branches of medicine. The hospital underwent a major extension in 1984 when two new wings were added. As such, the old main building now mainly houses several academic clinical departments as well as a museum about the first human heart transplant.

The hospital is an internationally acclaimed research institution and is world-renowned for its trauma unit, anesthesiology, and internal medicine departments. Groote Schuur attracts many visiting medical students, residents, and specialists each year who come to gain experience in various fields. As of December 2006, the hospital employed over 500 doctors, 1300 nurses, and 250 allied health professionals. UCT private hospital rates

Groote Schuur is Dutch for ‘Great Barn’ and is named after the original Groote Schuur estate laid out by Dutch settlers when the city of Cape Town was founded in the 17th century. The hospital was declared a Western Cape Provincial Heritage Site in 1996.

All visiting elective students may apply for a placement at the following hospitals under the auspices of the University of Cape Town:

General Enquiries

Tel: +27 (0)21 406 6478

Physical Address

The Elective Office
Level 2, Barnard Fuller Building
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Anzio Road
Observatory, 7925
Cape Town


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