The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital is a
public hospital in the north of Durban, which is managed by the KwaZulu Natal
provincial health department. The hospital is named after Gandhi, the great
Indian freedom fighter who spent much of his life in Durban. The hospital aims to provide an
integrated, sustainable, co-ordinated and comprehensive service to its
The multidisciplinary hospital was built in
1995, and opened its doors to the public in 1997. Since then it has expanded to the 350 bed hospital it is today, and begun to operate as both a district hospital and regional hospital,
depending on the care required. For example, disciplines like internal
medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics and neonatology are provided
at a regional level, while surgery, orthopaedics, the crisis centre and
general out-patients services are rendered at a district level.
Apart from specific medical disciplines,
the hospital also offers certain medical facilities which are vital to
effective patient care, while others contribute to a more holistic treatment
plan. Some of the facilities offered by the hospital are social work services
including a crisis centre and HIV/AIDS counselling, laboratory service,
inpatients wards, physiotherapy, an intensive care unit, x-ray facilities,
dietetics, family planning and a 24 hour casualty ward.
The hospital is situated in the far north
of Durban, inland from (or to the west of) Umhlanga Ridge. It serves a largely
poor community of patients, with its catchment area for the district covering
Phoenix (where the hospital is situated), Inanda, Amaoti, Mount Edgecomb and
Duffs Road, and its regional catchment area reaching as far as KwaMashu,
Tongaat, Verulam and Ndwedwe.
Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.