Akeso Pietermaritzburg

Situated in Pietermaritzburg, in Kwazulu-Natal, Akeso Pietermaritzburg offers specialist inpatient and outpatient treatment for a range of psychiatric illnesses including anxiety and depression, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, ageing disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We provide individual, integrated and family-oriented treatment through our general psychiatry and dual diagnosis units.

Our hospital was established in 2011, and 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 Pietermaritzburg, we treat both our patients 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 multi-disciplinary team of medical and healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, 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

216 Woodhouse Road

Scottsville

Pietermaritzburg

3201



GPS:
-29.60476,30.410615

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Tel:
087 098 0454

Customer care

Suggestions, complaints or compliments?
Get in touch with us with one of the email addresses below:

Hospital customer care team

Not available at present

Central customer care team

customer.service@netcare.co.za

Hospital management

Hospital manager

Nerasha Singh

nerasha.s@akeso.co.za

Nursing manager

Rose Letwaba

COPE manager

Andrea Radnitz

General information

We take pride in the services we offer and are 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; 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 be done. You may have an initial assessment, followed by a meeting with the nursing staff who will require some details from you in order to formulate a nursing care plan. A psychiatrist or medical doctor will interview you to assess your current clinical needs. Blood samples may also be required for routine tests and screenings. A consultant from our therapy services team will assess you and determine which therapy programme you should undertake during your treatment at the hospital.

The therapy programme that you will attend during your stay 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.

  • 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). No pyjamas are allowed to be worn during the day.
  • 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.
  • Bath and hand 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. We advise that you bring about R350 to purchase cooldrinks from the coffee shop should you wish to use this facility.
  • Pen and notebook
  • Valuables
  • For security reasons, we advise that you do not bring anything of value such as jewellery, electronic equipment such as cellphones or laptops, or large sums of money. Akeso Pietermaritzburg 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 Pietermaritzburg 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.

Due to the nature of the conditions that we treat at our facility only immediate family of our patients are allowed to visit. We also reserve the right to determine who can visit during an admission period, based on what is deemed to be therapeutically best for a patient. Our visitors area is very limited so only two visitors per patient are allowed.

We ask that visitors respect the fact that Akeso Pietermaritzburg is a psychiatric hospital and a ’quiet one’.

General psychiatry unit

A maximum of two visitors per patient is permitted.
Visitors’ names must be put on our visitors list for security purposes.
Visiting hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 19:00 to 20:00
Weekends and public holidays: 14:00 to 15:30

Dual diagnosis unit

A maximum of two visitors per patient is permitted.
Visitors’ names must be put on our visitors list for security purposes.
Visiting hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 19:00 to 20:00
Weekends and public holidays: 14:00 to 15:30

No visitors on Fridays

Our programmes are very intense and we ask our patients to take time-out on a Friday evening to reflect and process their week.
Recreation activities that have therapeutic value are often available to our patients on a Friday evening.

Programmes

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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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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Outpatient care

All Akeso psychiatric hospitals offer therapeutic services on an outpatient basis, including general patient support groups and after-care groups.

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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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