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Visiting Friends and Family at Groote Schuur Hospital

(Department of Health, Western Cape Government)
This document contains information for visitors to Groote Schuur such as directions on how to get to the hospital, parking information and visiting hours.


For Wards & Intensive care Units (ICUs)
11:00 - 12:00
15:00 - 16:00
19:00 - 20:00
Daily, including weekends and public holidays.
Visits to patients in ward G22 and C23 may only take place after permission has been obtained from the Sister-in-Charge of the ward. (Typical visiting hours for ward G22 are 19:00 - 20:00 Mondays to Thursdays).


Wards & Special Care Units
15:30 - 16:30
19:00 - 20:00
Daily, including weekends and public holidays.
Visitors are restricted to the father of the baby and one significant other person, plus siblings of the newborn baby who are over the age of two years.

Neonatal Unit
Times as for the wards, but only the parents of the child are allowed to visit. Mothers still in the wards may visit the Neonatal Unit to see their babies at any time.

  • The maximum number of visitors allowed at any one time is THREE in the General and Maternity wards and TWO in the Intensive Care Units (ICU).
  • Children are allowed at visiting time. Toddlers must be supervised by adults.
  • The sister at ward level has the ultimate decision with regard to allowing and controlling all visitors. If problems occur, refer to the sister, who can call security if they are needed to assist.
  • When visiting hours end, a bell will be rung or an announcement will be broadcast. The ward should then be cleared of visitors.
  • All requests for visiting outside of normal visiting hours must be directed to the Sister-in-Charge of the ward.

It is strongly recommended that you know the ward where the patient is being treated, before attempting to visit. Groote Schuur is a large facility and without this information it's difficult to locate patients.

Direction map to GSH

The main entrance is on Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town.
Exit ramps for the Hospital from the N2 and M5 are signposted.
Observatory Station is the closest railway station.
Busses and taxis run along Main Road, and stop near the Hospital.


Visitors parking is clearly marked and located within the hospital grounds, off Groote Schuur Road. Please note that there is a charge for using the parking.

The GSH aerial view

The Groote Schuur Hospital complex is situated in Cape Town, South Africa against the backdrop of Devil's Peak. The complex consists of a number of buildings including the Maternity Block, the Outpatients Block, the Old Main Building (now housing mainly administrative and academic departments) and the Main Hospital (New Main Building). A staff residence, Rochester House, is located close by.

This aerial photograph of Groote Schuur Hospital indicates its position relative to its surroundings. Table Mountain is to the left (out of view). The harbour is in the background and central Cape Town to the top left.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014