Akeso George


The response to COVID-19 is continuously evolving as we learn new things about the virus. Akeso has ensured compliance to appropriate infection control measures in order to safeguard both staff as well as the clients who come into our facilities. 

All persons who come into an Akeso facility:

  • Must have a protective mask on. This should be able to securely cover the mouth and nose without needing continuous adjusting.
  • Will find a screening desk at the entrance where temperature reading will be done, as well as completion of a questionnaire, to establish the likelihood of Covid-19 infection.
  • Will be provided with ample no-touch sanitisation stations and access to bathrooms to wash their hands.

Outpatient consultations

  • Akeso has ensured absolute minimal interaction between in-hospital patients and outpatient clients. This is done to reduce the risk of cross-infections.
  • Our facilities have frequent wipe-down of seating and table-tops as well as bathrooms and other common areas.
  • Our waiting areas carry minimal numbers of clients at a time (we may ask some clients to wait in their vehicles), with 1.5 metre spacing of seats.

In-hospital admissions

  • All in-hospital patients wear surgical masks for improved infection prevention.
  • On a daily basis, brief Health Talks are held for in-patients to foster a containment and safety culture
  • Any in-patients who are at high-risk because of COVID-19, who require limitation of movement, can continue to receive therapy through tele-health platforms.
  • There are no visiting hours at this time.

Situated in George, in the Western Cape, Akeso George offers specialist inpatient treatment for a range of psychiatric illnesses, including anxiety and depression, substance abuse and adolescent disorders. Our hospital aims 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 George we treat both our young patients and their family with dignity and respect, delivering clinical excellence in our world-class facility, with the ultimate aim of helping our patients and their loved ones not only to recover, but also to understand their illness, and thereby change the direction of their lives.

We focus on providing individual, integrated and family-oriented treatment. Our hospital is staffed by 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

15 Windsor Street




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044 805 0130

Hospital management

Akeso Hospital Manager

Belinda Campher

Nursing manager


Akeso Financial Manager

Diana Wentzel


COPE Manager

Cayley Lewin

General information

  • George Akeso delivers a 24 hours in patient service.
  • Programmes can be joined any day of the week
  • No pre-admission assessment is required before admission. If you do have medical reports please bring these with or forward this to our admissions co-ordinator.

Temperatures in George range between 12°C in July to 30°C in February.

Towels are NOT provided. Linen are provided.

We suggest you bring the following depending, on the time of year:

  • Sleep wear and casual clothes (ladies, nothing revealing e.g. short skirts, or short shorts)
  • Warm clothing for winter and windproof jacket in summer and winter
  • Clothes that you can layer, George weather is unpredictable and changes quickly.
  • Comfortable clothes for exercise during our group outdoor activities or to use the gym facilities.
  • Clothes suitable for Yoga and Pilates sessions.
  • Alarm clock (not a clock radio)
  • Please do not bring iPods, tablets, cameras and laptops. We cannot take responsibility for these items and it may not be used during the stay at the clinic.
  • Adolescent patients may not have/use their mobile phones and the Clinic cannot take responsibility for those items.
  • Adult patients may bring their mobile phones, but it will be on own risk.
  • Adult patients - Mobile phones must be turned off and handed in at the group therapist during group sessions and can be collected again after the session.
  • Toiletries – To ensure the safety of all patients - razors, nail scissors, tweezers, nail files and clippers which must be handed to the nursing staff for safekeeping, who will then hand it to you to you needed.)
  • Chronic medication must be handed in and will be administered by the nursing staff as prescribed by the doctor.
  • No patient may keep medication with them.
  • Adolescent patients may not keep shoes with shoe laces with them as it is considered a safety risk.  They may collect it from the nursing station to use the gym and then hand it in again afterwards.  Please ensure to bring alternative shoes to wear during the day.
  • We reserve the right to search all belongings, parcels where needed or indicated.
  • If adolescent patients need to stay up to date with certain Formal Assessment Tasks at school, parents may contact Annemieke Goosen (COPE-Coordinator) at annemieke.g@akeso.co.za to arrange this. Please then also ensure that the necessary school books are brought along.
  • Valuables. For security reasons, we advise that you do not bring anything of value such as jewellery, electronic equipment, or large sums of money.
  • No PlayStations, Xbox etc. are allowed.
  •  No alcohol or illicit drugs are allowed. 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.
  • 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.
  • Jewellery:

    • Patients are advised to not bring valuables e.g. jewellery. Anything worn or brought with is entirely at the patient’s own risk.


    No in-house laundry services are available for the patients. Patients will be supplied with contact numbers for a private laundry service – but it must be arranged by the patient themselves for their own private account.

No more than 3 visitors at a time are allowed
All visitors must report to the security and complete the visitors register when visiting the Clinic.

Adult patients:
Monday – Friday:  18h00 – 19h00
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10h00-12h00 and 14h00 – 16h00.
The above visiting hours will be applicable to all adult patients unless the referring doctor advises differently in the best interest of the specific patient.

Adolescent Patients:
Monday – Friday 16h00 – 17h00
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10h00-12h00 and 14h00 – 16h00.
The above visiting hours will be applicable to all adolescent patients unless the referring doctor advises differently in the best interest of the specific patient.

Only visitors on the patient’s visitors list will be allowed
No visitors are allowed in the patient rooms

IMPORTANT:  No weekend leave or day pass is permitted over the first weekend after admission.  For second and third weekends doctors may permit day passes or weekend leave as per their discretion.  No day passes will be allowed during the week.  
When going on weekend leave patients may leave after 12h00 on Friday and return on Sunday or on Monday BEFORE 9h00 when therapy program starts again.


  • Money can be placed in a “kitty” at reception on admission for adolescents to use at the tuck shop. These can also be used should laundry services be required.
  • Adult patients are allowed to use cash for the tuck shop and laundry service, but the clinic does not take responsibility for patient’s money and it is recommended that a limited amount is kept with them during their stay.
  • We do have card facilities available.

Free Time

  • We encourage patients to bring activities they enjoy to do and often do not have time for to do during free time and weekends.  Please note this does not refer to electronic devices.  Feel free to bring books, knitting/crochet, crosswords, soduko etc.
  • Some books and board games are available at the clinic for patients to use as well.
  • We see it as an important part of the therapeutic process to learn to relax doing things you enjoyed or loved to do in the past.  During your stay you will also have the privilege of exploring new possibilities of healing activities to use in the future.

We look forward to welcoming you, if there is anything else you would like to know or discuss, please email us on


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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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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