Akeso Kenilworth Adolescents

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

16A Heather Street


Cape Town



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087 098 0464

Hospital management

Hospital manager

Camilla Hayn

Nursing manager

Caroline Naude

Financial manager

Zainap Jeffery

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

Adolescent patients are allowed visitations on Sundays 15:00 to 16:00.

The visitors allowed will be determined by the individual therapist, and you will be contacted if you are on the list.
This list goes to the reception on each visiting day and only visitors on the list will be allowed in to visit.

Phone calls are permitted from the first Friday or Saturday after admission, and every alternate day thereafter, except on a Sunday which is reserved for visiting. In the few days up to the first contact parents may phone the counsellors, nurses or unit coordinator with questions or concerns.

Parents may phone in the evenings, between 20:00 until 21:00, every alternate day. Phone calls are limited to 10 minutes.


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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