Groote Schuur is a large government funded teaching hospital that is located at the slopes of Devil’s peak in the City of Cape Town, South Africa. The hospital was founded in 1938. It provides tertiary care and instruction in all major branches of medicine.

The name of the hospital is in Dutch language and it translates to “great barn”. The name was laid out by Dutch settlers when the city, Cape Town was founded in the 17th century.

This hospital was the first institution to perform a human to human heart transplant. It is famous for the trauma unit, anesthesiology and internal medicine departments.

It was declared a Western Cape Provincial Heritage Site in 1996. The hospital also attracts many visiting medical students.

The Groot Schuur Hospital is the first African medical facility to perform an incompatible

kidney transplant. A brother donated his kidney to his sister and the kidney was not compatible.

This is a huge step in medical discovery and there’s no limits to what can be achieved if this is achieved.

This hospital was also the first public sector hospital to perform robotic surgery in 2021.

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