Akeso Kenilworth

Situated in Kenilworth, in the Western Cape, Akeso Kenilworth offers specialist inpatient and outpatient treatment for a range of psychiatric illnesses including anxiety and depression, substance abuse and addiction, postnatal depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

We provide individual, integrated and family-oriented treatment through its general psychiatry, dual diagnosis/addiction, high care and adolescent units,  Akeso Kenilworth also offers a specialist service for adolescent disorders, at the Akeso Kenilworth Adolescents/Young Adults hospital (KAYA).

Our hospital was established in 1985and we aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment where patients can recover and regain their sense of security and self, under the expert care of specialists in both physical and mental health.

At Akeso Kenilworth, we treat both ourpatients and their loved ones with dignity and respect, delivering clinical excellence in our world-class facility, with the ultimate aim of helping patients and their loved ones not only to recover, but also to understand their illness, and thereby change the direction of their lives.

Our hospital is staffed by a a multi-disciplinary team of medical and healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists and registered nurses, all of whom are dedicated to providing exceptional care to each patient, to ensure the best possible outcome for them and their loved ones.

Address & contact details

32 Kenilworth Road

Kenilworth

Cape Town

7708



GPS:
-33.99492,18.472500

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Tel:
087 098 0452

Hospital management

Hospital manager

Camilla Hayn

camilla.h@akeso.co.za

Nursing manager

Caroline Naude

Financial manager

Zainap Jeffery

COPE manager

Roxanne De Krielen

General information

We take pride in the services we offer and remain committed to being active partners in your treatment. However, we need you to be just as active in this partnership. Treatment involves a willingness to talk about the issues in your life with honesty; it involves striving to develop new methods of coping, and it certainly takes courage, motivation and great determination.

Upon admission to the hospital, there are naturally a number of initial assessments that will need to be performed. You may have an initial assessment, followed by a meeting with the nurses, and then the doctor/ psychiatrist. Our nursing staff will require some details from you in order to formulate a nursing care plan. A doctor will interview you and assess your current clinical needs. They may also require blood samples for routine tests and screens. A consultant from our therapy services team will assess you and determine which therapy programme you should undertake during your treatment at the hospital.

Your therapy programme that you will attend at the hospital forms a fundamental base of your overall treatment. You will be assessed as soon as practically suitable and appropriate after your admission. An initial programme will be discussed and agreed with you. It may change during the course of your treatment, depending on your progress and needs.

What to bring

  • Comfortable and casual clothing. Bring everyday wear that is appropriate for groups, relaxation and light exercise activities.
  • Nightclothes, slippers and dressing gown, for sleeping only
  • A padlock. You can purchase a padlock at the reception for R30 but we advise that you bring your own.
  • Medication. Please bring all medication you are taking and hand it in to the nursing staff. You may NOT keep medication with you.
  • ID book or drivers licence
  • Medical aid card
  • Main medical aid member’s ID book
  • Toiletries. Please bring personal toiletries but take note that any sharp objects for example nail clippers, razors, scissors, and electrical appliances such as hairdryers or straighteners, will be locked away at the nurses’ station when not needed and must be returned immediately after use.
  • Cigarettes. In keeping with the new laws, we do not sell cigarettes on the premises, so please bring your own.
  • Pen and notebook

What not to bring

  • Valuables. For security reasons, we advise that you do not bring anything of value such as jewellery, electronic equipment, or large sums of money. Akeso Kenilworth cannot be held liable for items which have been mislaid or stolen.
  • No alcohol or illicit drugs. Due to the nature of the facility and the programmes we run, please do not attempt to bring any of these items onto the property. Akeso Kenilworth reserves the right to immediately discharge you if you do not adhere to this policy.
  • Weapons. In accordance with the Act on firearms, we do not allow any firearms, ammunition and/or any other weapons, including but not limited to teargas, pepper spray, knives, etc. to be brought onto our property at any time. Also note that we do not accept responsibility for such items. Rather hand in firearms at your closest police station.

What to bring

  • Comfortable and casual clothing. Bring everyday wear that is appropriate for groups, relaxation and light exercise activities.
  • Nightclothes, slippers and dressing gown, for sleeping only
  • A padlock. You can purchase a padlock at the reception for R30 but we advise that you bring your own.
  • Medication. Please bring all medication you are taking and hand it in to the nursing staff. You may NOT keep medication with you.
  • ID book or drivers licence
  • Medical aid card
  • Main medical aid member’s ID book
  • Toiletries. Please bring personal toiletries but take note that any sharp objects for example nail clippers, razors, scissors, and electrical appliances such as hairdryers or straighteners, will be locked away at the nurses’ station when not needed and must be returned immediately after use.
  • Towels. We do not supply towels, only linen.
  • Cigarettes. In keeping with the new laws, we do not sell cigarettes on the premises, so please bring your own.
  • Money. If you are admitted to the DDU, you may spend R150 a week. You may also want to buy recovery literature on offer.
  • Pen and notebook
  • World Call Card. We have public phones upstairs, specifically for use by patients in the DDU. Phone calls can be made on Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends.

 What not to bring

  • Valuables. For security reasons, we advise that you do not bring anything of value such as jewellery, electronic equipment, or large sums of money. Akeso Kenilworth cannot be held liable for items which have been mislaid or stolen.
  • No alcohol or illicit drugs. Due to the nature of the facility and the programmes we run, please do not attempt to bring any of these items onto the property. Akeso Kenilworth reserves the right to immediately discharge you if you do not adhere to this policy.
  • Weapons. In accordance with the Act on firearms, we do not allow any firearms, ammunition and/or any other weapons, including but not limited to teargas, pepper spray, knives, etc. to be brought onto our property at any time. Also note that we do not accept responsibility for such items. Rather hand in firearms at your closest police station.
  • Cell phones, laptops, iPads or tablets, iPods, novels or magazines, if admitted into the DDU.

General unit

General patients do not have many restrictions in terms of visiting or phone calls. Visitors are allowed from the first day of admission but will only be allowed between visiting and phone hours. A maximum of five visitors per patient are permitted.
Phone hours: No restrictions on phones other than to switch them off during group times

Visiting hours: Mondays to Fridays 18:00 to 20:00
Weekends and public holidays: 14:00 to 16:00 and 18:00 to 20:00

Dual diagnosis unit (DDU)

DDU patients are allowed visiting and phone call privileges from Day six, but visitations are reserved for weekends only. Phone calls may be made from day six, on phone call days only, which are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Patients who are on the detox programme are not permitted visitors or phone calls.

To protect our patients’ privacy and aid there recovery, we only allow visitors who are deemed to be therapeutically beneficial. With their individual therapist, patients decide on a total of six adult visitors who may visit them over the 21-day programme. These names are put onto a visitors list.

The list goes to the reception and security on each visiting day. Please do not arrive to visit if your name is not on the list, as you will be turned away. Note that cell phones are not allowed and that the hospital does not sell World Call Cards, so please purchase one prior to admission should you wish to use the public phone.

Phone hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 17:00 to 23:00 and weekends 13:00 to 23:00
Visiting hours: Saturdays and Sundays 14:00- to 16:00

All visitors are requested to report to the nurse or recovery assistant on duty. Any consumable item brought in for patients needs to be in a sealed or vacuum-packed container or bottle. No energy drinks are permitted and all money needs to be handed directly to the nursing sister on duty.

Programmes

Adolescent unit

The adolescent unit caters to adolescents from 13 to 18 years old. It focuses on treating the individual patient in the context of their various environments, including family, school, friends and community. The unit is staffed by professionals with training in child and adolescent development and psychiatry.

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Dual diagnosis unit (addiction)

Dual diagnosis is a specialist category requiring very targeted interventions focused on managing addictive behaviours and their root causes. The programme is based on an integrated bio-psycho-social treatment model which aims to build skills for sustained behavioural change.

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Electro convulsive therapy (ECT)

ECT is administered under anaesthetic, and involves a series of electrical impulses being transmitted through the brain in order to stimulate the neurons to normalise mood and functioning. It is used, often as a last resort, when a severe psychiatric disorder has proven resistant to all other types of treatment.

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General psychiatry unit

Adult patients suffering from symptoms of major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar mood disorder, mild psychosis, trauma and personality disorders are admitted to the general psychiatry unit. The unit is run by a multi-disciplinary professional team offering care that encompasses a bio-psycho-social approach.

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High care unit

Patients diagnosed to be at high risk either to themselves or others, or to be very seriously ill, for example, actively psychotic, are treated in a high care unit. The unit provides a safe and secure environment with a higher level of individual care and monitoring than in the other units of the hospital.

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TAG – The Akeso graduates group

The Akeso outpatient support programme is called TAG - The Akeso graduates group. It is not only open to patients discharged from Akeso, but also to their families and members of the community who wish to participate.

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