About The Helderberg Hospital

The Helderberg Hospital was previously known as Hottentots Holland Hospital.  The hospital was built as a “modest cottage hospital” when the Cape Explosive Works was set up in the area.  Local MP Mr PAB Faure chaired the committee that explored the idea.  A loan of £15500 from the Provincial Administration was augmented by donations from the public and fund-raising events.
Building started on the 11th of April 1938 and the hospital was officially opened by Mrs Duncan Baxter on June 13th 1939 with the first patient admitted on September 3 1939.

The first matron was Miss PS le Roux and the staff consisted of two sisters, two staff nurses and four probationer nurses with an honorary medical superintendent.
In 1951 Sir Gordon Jolly, who retired from a distinguished career in the Indian Medical Service, took over the role as medical superintendent.  The post as yet was not official or full time.
In January 1957 the need for a maternity block was addressed with a cheque for £10000 which was sent to the Provincial Accountant and the maternity services opened on April 18.
By 1964 the idea of building a new hospital had been raised but plans were afoot for the Tygerberg Hospital, intended to serve the whole area.

Dr Cato van Wyk was appointed the first official full-time medical superintendent in 1984 and the mastermind behind the innovative spoke-and- wheel district system in place today.  Day hospitals in Rusthof, Grabouw, and Kleinvlei as well as the enlargement of the maternity block at Macassar happened under her watchful care.  Dr Bokkie Smit was the driving force behind an intensive fund-raising effort to help fund all the extensions and growth of the district health system.
Another 42 beds have been added and outpatients and emergency services enlarged.
Helderberg Hospital is predominantly a District Hospital (level 1 services). It renders health care to the Helderberg Basin (Eastern sub-district) and neighbouring portions of the Overberg District. However, it also provides various secondary (L2) services through sessional private specialists. The Helderberg Hospital provides the full DHS package for a level one facility: Inpatient wards, Outpatients services, Trauma/Emergency unit, operating theatres, obstetric services, laboratory, radiology and pharmaceutical services. The Helderberg Hospital serves as referral centre to two Maternal Obstetric Units (MOU’s), three Community Health Centres (CHC’s) and seven primary health clinics in its drainage area and also supports eight old age homes. The inpatients are at level one and with some level two beds.

The Hospital Outpatients section provide general and specialist outpatients for the hospital and provide outreach at the primary healthcare facilities in the area.  The hospital also provides a full ARV referral service to the CHC ARV clinics.

The Emergency Centre at the Hospital provides a 24hr trauma and medical emergency service. The Emergency centre has an overnight ward providing 72 hour observation for mental healthcare users.

Plans for further growth and improvement to the service are always afoot.  This is a dynamic generalist driven district hospital with an average bed occupancy constantly above a 100%, dedicated staff, and supported by an amazing and interactive community.


  • General surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Peadiatrics including Neonatology
  • High risk Obsterics
  • Gynaecology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Anti Retroviral Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Anaesthesiology
  • High Care Unit
  • Opthalmology including lens inplants
  • Basic Ear Nose and Throat Surgery
  • Urology
  • Emergency Unit – Medical, Surgical ,

Paediatric and Trauma

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social worker
  • Psychiatry


  • General surgery (Day patients)
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Peadiatrics
  • High risk Obsterics – Basic Ante Natal Care (BANC)
  • Gynaecology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Anti Retroviral Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Anaesthesiology
  • High Care Unit
  • Opthalmology
  • Urology
  • Stoma therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social work
  • Psychiatry & Psychology
  • Rape Crisis Unit
  • Sinekamva
  • Sinekamva Counselling and Chaplaincy Care Centre

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