Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

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Cecilia Makiwane, Charcoal on Paper by Amitabh Mitra
Cecilia Makiwane Hospital
Eastern Cape Department of Health
Location Mdantsane, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Coordinates 32°55′37″S 27°44′42″E / 32.9270°S 27.7450°E / -32.9270; 27.7450Coordinates: 32°55′37″S 27°44′42″E / 32.9270°S 27.7450°E / -32.9270; 27.7450
Care system Public
Hospital type Tertiary
Affiliated university Lilitha Nursing College
Walter Sisulu University
Emergency department Yes
Website Cecilia Makiwane Hospital
Other links List of hospitals in South Africa

Cecilia Makiwane Hospital (CMH) is a large, provincial, government funded hospital situated in the Mdantsane township of East London, Eastern Cape in South Africa. It is a tertiary teaching hospital and forms part of the East London Hospital Complex with Frere Hospital. It is named after Cecilia Makiwane, the first African woman to become a professional nurse in South Africa.


Chief Mqalo Health Minister of Ciskei renamed the Mdantsane Hospital to Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in 1977 to commemorate, Cecilia Makiwane, the first Black nurse in South Africa. On 30 April 1982, the Department of Posts and Telecommunications of the Republic of Ciskei honored her with a philatelic stamp and a first day cover, detailing her life.

Departments and services[edit]

The hospital's departments include: Trauma and Emergency department, Paediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, ARV clinic for HIV/AIDS in adults and children, Anaesthetics, Paediatric Surgery, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Ophthalmology and burns unit. The Orthopaedic department runs a weekly clinic.

Other facilities include Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for adult, paediatric and neonatal patients and high care wards for general and obstetric patients.

It also offers allied health services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychology, Social worker, Dentistry and Dietetics.

Other services include CSSD Services, Pharmacy, Post Trauma Counseling Services, Occupational Services, X-Ray Services with Computed Tomography (CT) facility, NHLS Laboratory, Blood Bank, Laundry Services, Kitchen Services and Mortuary.

Ward 13 telephone number: +27 (43) 708 2324 Psychiatric ward: +27 (43) 708 2410