Lentegeur Hospital (LGH), situated in the heart of Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats, provides a wide variety of services to the areas it drains, which include all patients from the largely uninsured populations of the Khayelitsha- Eastern and Klipfontein-Mitchells Plain substructures of the Cape Metropolitan District. It also has a large rural drainage area.
With 722 inpatient beds, Lentegeur Hospital is the largest of the four level 2 hospitals providing Mental Health services for the Western Cape and has a comprehensive clinical service offering via the four clinical Functional Business Units (FBU) of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Intellectual Disability Services and General Adult Psychiatry. All of these services have both inpatient and ambulatory components.
Through its 2 District Psychiatrists and designated members of the various multi-disciplinary teams involved in the admissions components of the clinical services, a healthy, vibrant and dynamic relationship is maintained with the level 1 District Health Services facilities in the substructures that refer patients to Lentegeur Hospital. This relationship includes the aspects of outreach and support and the important capacity-building of teams and staff of the various level 1 facilities in the LGH drainage areas.
Through its Spring Project and Foundation, LGH has plans in place to change the way in which Mental Health services are perceived, offered and utilized by the communities it serves, by fully embracing the recovery concept and working alongside our patients, their families and the communities within which they reside.
LGH is unique in that it serves as a training facility for multiple Higher Education Institutions, notably for the Universities of both Cape Town and Stellenbosch (with which there are formal training agreements), and at any one time, there are four Psychiatrists-in-training from each of these universities placed at LGH as part of their Psychiatric Registrar training rotation. The range of clinical services offered provide for a very suitable range of training placements, all under one roof as it were. This is also why training placements are provided for community service medical officers, occupational therapists, Psychologists and a variety of nursing students.