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Groote Schuur Hospital

Groote Schuur Hospital is the main teaching hospital of the University of Cape Town's Medical School.The original building was built with the aid of public subscription and government funds. Commenced in 1932, it was opened in 1937, replacing the New Somerset Hospital in Green Point as the teaching hospital for UCT. The new hospital was commenced in 1983 and finally opened in 1989. 

Groote Schuur achieved world wide fame in 1967 when the first human heart transplant was performed there by Prof. Christiaan Barnard. The anaesthetist was Associate Professor J. Ozinsky.

The Anaesthesia Department is situated in D 23 (D floor, section 23) and has a stunning view of Cape Town harbour, the distant Hottentots Holland mountains and sprawling suburbia.

All facilities required of an academic department including a library, tutorial room, common room and dedicated computer facilities are available. The usual audiovisual equipment is available as well as computer projection facilities.

There is an open invitation for visiting anaesthetists to attend our Friday afternoon academic sessions in the Department, commencing at 15:00 and usually ending at 17:00. This is often preceded by a trade exhibition (usually with snacks) at 12:30 to 13:30 and minor meetings e.g. journal clubs, ICU presentations etc. from 14:00.