Akeso Kenilworth Adolescents


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

  • Must wear a protective face mask. This must be able to securely cover the mouth and nose without needing continuous adjusting.
  • Will need to complete a COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire on accessing the facility.
  • Will be provided with ample hand sanitisation stations and access to bathrooms to wash their hands.

Outpatient consultations

  • Akeso has ensured minimal interaction between in-hospital patients and outpatient clients. This is done to reduce the risk of any possible cross-infections.
  • Our facilities have sufficient cleaning and sanitation processes in place to combat the spread of infection.

In-hospital admissions

  • All in-hospital patients are required to wear face masks for improved infection prevention, including when in groups and when moving around the facility.
  • Treatment options for symptomatic patients will be determined by the treating team.

Situated in Claremont, in the Western Cape, Akeso Kenilworth Adolescents/Young Adults (KAYA) hospital offers specialist inpatient treatment for a range of psychiatric illnesses including anxiety and depression, substance abuse and adolescent disorders. We provide individual, integrated and family-oriented treatment through our adolescent unit.

Our hospital was established in 1998, and we aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment where young 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 Adolescents/Young Adults hospital, 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 them 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, social workers, 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

38  Greenfield Road
Cape Town

-33.99424409102213, 18.471335010896077

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087 098 0464

Hospital management

Hospital manager

Zainap Jeffery

Nursing manager

Caroline Naude

Financial manager


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
  • 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.
  • R300 on admission for administration and drug test
  • Pen and notebook
  •  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 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.
  • 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.
  • No cell phones, laptops, mp3 players or other such electronic equipment are allowed.
  • No smoking is allowed

Visiting days and areas

Visiting is allowed on Sundays only. The following venues are used: the garden area, dining area, and the patio outside the dining area.

Visiting times
1st group – 14:00-15:00
2nd group – 15:15-16:15

Visiting slots will be allocated during the Friday ward rounds and the nursing team will inform all parents of the visiting times allocated to them.


  • Only parents or legal guardians may visit.
  • No smoking is allowed on the premises by visitors.
  • No cooked food/meals etc. may be brought into the clinic for the patients.
  • Any snacks etc. brought for patients must still be sealed and be recognised shop brands.
  • All parcels brought in must be handed to the nursing staff and must be checked.
  • No cell phone usage allowed by the patients.
  • Parking is available on the street (Kenilworth Road) and near the church. No visitors’ vehicles are allowed on the premises.
  • Only the ground floor toilets are available for use by visitors.
  • Visitors are not allowed into bedrooms or any area other than the approved visiting areas.
  • All visitors are to complete the Visiting Register on arrival, as well as the COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire.


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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