The name Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, is not ethnic. It was derived from
- Chris Hani - who
was a freedom fighter during the anti-apartheid struggle and who was
assassinated in 1993, and
- John Albert
Baragwanath - a Cornishman from England who settled in these parts during
the late 1800’
Bara is a training
centre for all categories of staff. We train approximately 60% of the
medical students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of
the Witwatersrand, including the provision of postgraduate and undergraduate
Wits university recently
opened a learning centre at the hospital, which will simplify life for the
students as they will no longer need to return to the medical school for
Bara is a specialist
referral hospital providing curative services for ±3,5 million people from
the Southern & Western parts of Gauteng. However, we often receive
referrals, for specialist treatment, from all the surrounding African
countries as well. The hospital is situated on the southern border of
Soweto, and was built, during the Second World War, to serve as a military
hospital for the British troops fighting in the Middle East.
The Casualty, Emergency
and Outpatient Unit is the busiest section of the hospital. Here we receive
about 350 patients per day, which could easily double over a weekend. We
annually admit about 150 000 patients, all-inclusive, and treat ±500 000
from April 2004, these sections are part of a major revitalisation programme
implemented by the Gauteng Department of Health and will be completely
of the cases handled, in our emergency departments, are trauma related,
specifically motor vehicle accidents and assaults. We also receive and
treat an average of 160 gunshot victims per month. Bara was
opened as a civilian hospital in 1948 with 480 beds, which have grown since
to 3 400 beds. However, due to financial constraints, as well as separating
the different levels of care, we are only able to use 2 865 of the available
Although we only function
at a 65 – 80% bed occupancy, the hospital remains one of the busiest in the
country, if not the world. Most of the medical wards function on 95 – 100%
bed occupancy due to HIV/Aids related diseases.
If all the
corridors in the hospital should be put into a straight line it will be more
than 10 kilometres long. The hospital was entered in the 1997 Guinness Book
of Records as the largest hospital in the world. For the financial year
2004/2005 the hospital budget was over R910 million
St John Eye Hospital is
the largest hospital of its kind in the country. It is situated on the
western border of Baragwanath Hospital and contains 111 beds and the most
modern and sophisticated equipment to detect and treat any kind of eye
problem. St John Eye Hospital is considered a world leader in intra-ocular
lens implantation in neonates and children. It has 3 fully equipped
theatres, which are open 7 days a week and where an average of 4 000
operations are done. This hospital handles approximately 70 000 patients
The Maternity Hospital is
relatively new, as it was only built in the middle 70’s. There is an
existing protocol for referring patients to this hospital, which include all
patients suffering form maternal complications and older women.
We see and treat about 60 000 patients here per year. Due to the
complicated cases we receive we have a fairly high incidence of Caesarean
Sections - ±30%. Referred cases are seen at the Ante Natal Clinic until time
Other Hospitals close By:
Only 10 kms from this Guest House
||25 True North Road
Tel: +27 (0) 11 682 4300
Fax: +27 (0) 11 682 2391
||P O Box 1701
Garden City Clinic.
Only 8 kms from this Guest House.
||35 Bartlett Road,
Tel: +27 (0)11 495 5000
Fax: +27 (0)11 495 5055
||P O Box 45175,
The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
Hospital. Only 12 kms from this
Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital is an accredited central hospital with 1088
beds serving patients from across the Gauteng province and neighboring
provinces. It offers inpatient and specialist outpatient’s services mainly
level 3 and level 2.
The hospital’s professional and support staff exceeds 4000 people.
Support services are delivered through a mix of in-house, outsourced and
other government agencies, e.g. maintenance through Public Works.
The hospital offers a full range of tertiary, secondary and highly
specialized services. The costs of providing these services to the
population of Gauteng Province and in addition to the neighbouring provinces
are funded by a National Tertiary Services Grant as well as Provincial
allocation. The hospital is located in Parktown and serves in theory as well
as a referral hospital for a number of hospitals in its referral chain. The
services are highly expensive, with unique specialist skills and are high
tech which accounts for the cost per patient compared to primary health care
The only public hospital in Gauteng to be acknowledged as the Best Public
Hospital for four (4) consecutive years from 2003 to 2007 by the readers of
a major publication, The Star.
The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has a private wing
a Sotho name meaning “Place of healing”. Each ward gives the patient the
quality and convenience of private health care with specialist physicians
and cutting edge technology that only a long-established hospital has the
capacity to offer.
The hospital is also the main teaching hospital for
University of the Witwatersrand, faculty of Health Sciences. The
institution provides the service base for undergraduate and post-graduate
training in all area of health professions. The joint staff produces
world-class research and collaborates with several universities in the
continent and abroad.
Johannesburg Hospital School is situated inside the hospital where
learners well enough to leave the wards go to classes. This reduces feelings
of depression and normalizes their stay in the hospital.
- Tel number: 011 488 4911
- Please note - Visiting Hours:
Our visiting hours are Monday to Sunday 15h00 to 17h00 –
no more evening visiting hours from 15 June 2008.
For any extra-ordinary requirements, arrangements should be made with the
Ward Unit Manager and Security.
- The Johannesburg Hospital is an academic hospital.
No walk-in patients will be seen . All patients need to be referred.
Only Priority 1 and 2 patients
will be seen at the Johannesburg Hospital.
SOUTH RAND HOSPITAL
Only 6 kms from this Guest House.
For pre-op and post-op
Map to the Guest House from South Rand Hospital.
Private Bag X1
Tel: (011) 435 0022
Fax: (011) 435 0038