King George V hospital was officially opened in 1939 with 139 beds for the treatment of Tuberculosis patients. It was designed to accommodate all races, but did not achieve this till after the Second World War.
King George V hospital serves the entire population of ± 9 million, including part of the Eastern Cape. It offers specialised services in: Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) and complicated TB, Orthopaedic spinal surgery, psychiatric, family planning (sterilization) and a Dental Training Facility – attached to UKZN.
Psychiatric services were added to the activities and the scope of services expanded over the years to include Thoracic surgery (T.B. cases) and Spinal surgery. Oesophageal carcinoma was added to the services and the most recent inclusion was the family planning clinic (tubal legation / vasectomies).
It is situated in Springfield in the Thekwini health district. The hospital is undergoing an extensive Revitalization Programme. The redevelopment commenced in 1999 and is scheduled for completion in 2009. Due to the vintage of the initial building and the hospital, all the facilities are in a bad state. The redevelopment plans are in full swing and the building activities are taking place parallel with the hospital services.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
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