Helen Joseph Hospital

Helen Joseph Hospital is a public hospital based in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to 1997, it was known as the J.G. Strijdom Hospital. As a teaching hospital, its affiliated to the University of Witwatersrand's Medical School.

Helen Joseph Hospital
LocationAuckland Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
FundingPublic hospital
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Witwatersrand
NetworkGauteng Department of Health
WebsiteHelen Joseph Hospital
ListsHospitals in South Africa


The hospital was opened in 1967 and was called the J.G. Strijdom Hospital, named after J.G. Strijdom, a South African Prime Minister.[1]:133 The hospital would be renamed 1 April 1997, after anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph.[2] By 1985 it became an academic hospital, out-patient facilities and clinics.[1]:133 The hospital also has a provincial nurses training facility called the Ann Latsky Nursing College which opened in 1981.[1]:133[3] In 1995, all obstetrics and gynaecology departments were moved from the J.G. Strijdom Hospital to the Coronation Hospital now called the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.[1]:133


The hospital is affiliated with the University of Witwatersrand's Medical School and responsible for the teaching of healthcare workers and providing tertiary health services the Johannesburg community.[2] It has two admission wards, nine medical wards, four surgical wards, two orthopedic wards, a psychiatric unit, ICU unit and a high-care unit.[2] It has eleven functioning operating units.[2]

It has a number of specialised clinics on the health campus such as a Stoma unit, Renal Dialysis Unit, Pain Clinic, Endoscopy Unit, Breast Clinic, and the Thembalethu HIV clinic.[2] The Thembalethu Clinic opened in 1992 and treats patients diagnosed with HIV, Aids and Tuberculosis.[4]


  1. Musiker, Naomi; Musiker, Reuben (2000). A Concise Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg. Cape Town: Francolin. ISBN 1868590712.
  2. "Helen Joseph Hospital". Gauteng Province - Health. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. "Nursing Information". Gauteng Province - Health. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. "Thembalethu Clinic celebrates 20 years of existence". WWW.GOV.ZA. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2018.

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