Division of Neurosurgery
The Division of Neurosurgery of the University of Cape Town is based at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Childrens Hospital, for adult and paediatric neurosurgery respectively.
It provides a comprehensive neurosurgical service for patients from the Western Cape region of South Africa, but also treats patients referred from other parts of the country and further afield in Africa.
Registrars are trained here in all aspects of neurosurgery, with a particular emphasis on disorders common in a developing world context, while maintaining an international standard of excellence, supported by modern technology and worldwide collaborations. Trainees are exposed not only to general neurosurgical practice but also to a wide spectrum of subspeciality interests by experienced staff of international calibre. During their training, registrars are also equipped with the skills, and exposed to the opportunities, for research in a strong academic environment. The division is also committed to the training of doctors from other parts of the continent to enable them to return to their countries with much-needed skills.
Finally, the department has fostered a strong relationship with local neurosurgeons in private practice to ensure the best care of all patients, whether in a public or private healthcare context, to exposure trainees to all aspects of pathology and treatment, and to maintain the association of the local neurosurgical community.