Groote Schuur Hospital

Groote Schuur Hospital

Groote Schuur Hospital



One of Cape Towns man made Landmarks is the Groote Schuur Hospital. The off-white painted, hospital buildings are built on the slopes of Devils Peak, and as such are set against the background of the beautiful mountain range that has become so iconic of Cape Town. During the 1600's the land that the hospital was on was a settler farm called Groote Schuur, which is Dutch for Great Barn. The hospital was first opened in 1938 and named after the original farm, but after 46 years the landmark had to undergo massive extensions to the original building in 1984. Two new wings were added to the hospital, and the original building was preserved. The original building currently houses several clinical academic departments and is also home to The Heart of Cape Town Museum.

One of the hospitals greatest moments was in December 1967, when a young University Of Cape Town educated surgeon named Dr Christiaan Barnard completed the world's first successful human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky. This catapulted bot Barnard and the hospital into the global spotlight. As one of the countries top government funded teaching hospitals, the hospital is staffed by highly experienced individuals who can typically be seen to be mentoring medical school students from the University of Cape Town who are completing the final period of their training. The hospital is internationally renowned as the training ground for some of South Africa's best doctors, surgeons and nurses, and this leads to an extremely high standard of care.

The Heart of Cape Town museum is dedicated to the major medical event performed by Barnard and the hospital staff. The human heart transplant that has, since its first successful implementation, saved the lives of tens of thousands of patients from around the world. A and B theatres are the original general surgery theatres used for the first heart transplant. They remain laid out in the museum to create a fully authentic representation of the pioneering operation. A tour of the museum covers the introductory room, accident room, animal laboratory, the race to transplant the first heart, a timeline of events that led up to the first heart transplant, the donor Denise Darvall and a Barnard exhibit. The Heart of Cape Museum is a true testament to the quality of South African medical practitioners, but also serves as a reminder that organ donors who die tragically are nonetheless heroic in their selfless commitment to a spirit of aiding others in their hour of desperation.

Accommodation Near Groote Schuur Hospital

Koornhoop Manor House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Observatory

0.9km North East of Groote Schuur Hospital

We're an owner-run guest house in the suburb of Observatory, Cape Town - below the towering Devil's Peak as it runs down to the Liesbeek River. We have 8 en-suite double and single rooms.

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Knightsbury Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

1.9km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

There are 4 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each is fitted with all the amenities necessary to making sure their guests' needs are attended to. The Knight's are an impressive double act at breakfast, which is indulgent with ...

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Sleeps: 300 in 30 units/rooms

Little Scotia Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.0km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Little Scotia offers 15 tastefully decorated guest rooms, each with en-suite bathroom. Amenities in each room are aimed at maximising convenience and comfort for the guest. An attractive pool area and well maintained gardens await you. Whether ...

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Sleeps: 4

Rondebosch Place

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.6km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Rondebosch Place is a two bed-roomed, one bathroom self catering flat situated on the 5th floor in a secure apartment block in central Rondebosch with wonderful views, it is a spacious and light and bright flat.

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Sleeps: 13 in 5 units/rooms

Hame Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.6km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Hame Cottages offers self-catering accommodation at its best - all units have been tasetfully decorated and restored with modern conviniences and secure living close to city, V&A Waterfront, excellent restuarants and shopping.

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Sleeps: 20 in 4 units/rooms

Newlands Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.6km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Newlands Cottages consist of three attractively restored, self-catering cottages with small private gardens in the convenient Rondebosch area. Up to 14 guests can be accommodated.

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Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms

Belvedere on Barkley

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.7km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

WELCOME to BELVEDERE ON BARKLEY, a lovely Victorian house in the exclusive Silwood area of Rondebosch. It has two upmarket self-catering units with mountain views and is centrally located with easy access to the N2, M3, N1 and M5. Ideal for...

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Sandown Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rondebosch

2.9km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Sandown Lodge is a charming 19th Century Georgian House, centrally situated in picturesque surroundings directly opposite Rondebosch Park.

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Sleeps: 11 in 4 units/rooms

Blyplek @ Central Avenue, Pinelands

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pinelands

3.1km East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Blyplek @ Central Avenue was built in 1928 as part of the original Pinelands Garden Village, finished with lavish amounts of teak - panelling, doors and window frames. Over time, different families with different needs, have developed it .

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Mulberry House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Rondebosch

3.4km South East of Groote Schuur Hospital

Mulberry House is situated in the heart of Rondebosch with easy access to Cape Town Airport and the City centre freeway. It is walking distance to Newlands rugby and cricket grounds. Claremont shopping centre, Hospitals, the University and Kirsten...

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