About Groote Schuur Hospital

For almost 80 years, Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town has provided world class healthcare to everyone, and has achieved distinction as the academic hospital for service, education and research in partnership with the University of Cape Town Medical School and Faculty of Health Sciences.

On 3 December 1967, Chris Barnard and his team performed the first ever heart transplant in the world. This is just one of many world “firsts” conducted at Groote Schuur during its remarkable lifespan.

The hospital offers specialist services in every area of human disease, including trauma, neurology, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_I_trauma_center> oncology and heart surgery, and is the only facility offering transplantation in South Africa’s public sector.

With a staff of over 500 doctors, 1300 nurses and 1600 allied workers, it treats 50,000 inpatients and 350,000 outpatients every year.

Groote Schuur Hospital, or `Grotties’ as it is affectionately known, is not just a building, but a place of healing; a place of teaching and learning; a place of visionary thinking and innovation; a place of high ethical and moral standards; a place of selfless dedication and service; a place of excellence; a place that the Groote Schuur Family calls ‘home’.

The Christiaan Barnard Hybrid Theatre