The building was opened in 1862 and in its time was the first teaching hospital in South Africa. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 2 April 1971. New Somerset Hospital is a government/public organisation. They provide a comprehensive health care service which includes HIV, AIDS and TB-related treatment, care and support services. The Staff provide HIV counselling and testing (HCT) and if necessary do a further test to determine the CD4 count. This Hospital an accredited antiretroviral (ARV) treatment initiation and on-going treatment site. Patients who require further medical care and treatment are referred to George Hospital, which receives referrals from district hospitals and primary health care services; they consult referred patients and train medical officers and professional nurses.

New Somerset Hospital, serves daily meals to inpatients. We provide assessments and referrals for people with mental health issues, they also provide maternity services for pregnant women. The Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and their services are free of charge!


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