Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

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Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital
Gauteng Department of Health
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto.jpg
View of the hospital looking south
LocationSoweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Coordinates26°15′39″S 27°56′35″E / 26.26083°S 27.94306°E / -26.26083; 27.94306Coordinates: 26°15′39″S 27°56′35″E / 26.26083°S 27.94306°E / -26.26083; 27.94306
Care systemPublic
Affiliated universityUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Emergency department10177
Former name(s)Imperial Military Hospital, Baragwanath
ListsHospitals in South Africa

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, it is the largest hospital in Africa and third largest hospital in the world.[1] It has 6,760 staff members, 3,400 beds and occupies 70 ha (170 acres). The hospital is located in the Soweto area south of Johannesburg. It is one of the 40 Gauteng provincial hospitals, and is financed and managed by the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health. It is a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, along with the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.[2] It is an accredited Level one trauma center currently led by Trauma Surgery Consultant, Dr Riaan Pretorius. The hospital has world class trauma and emergency medicine facilities capable of all medical treatment.


Imperial Military Hospital, Baragwanath, 1942

The Imperial Military Hospital, Baragwanath, was built in what today is Diepkloof in 1942 for convalescing British and Commonwealth soldiers. Field Marshal Jan Smuts noted during the opening ceremonies that the facility would be used for the area's black population after the war. In 1947 King George VI visited and presented medals to the troops there. From this start grew Baragwanath Hospital (as it became known after 1948), reputedly the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere. In 1997 another name change followed, with the sprawling facility now known as Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in honour of the South African Communist Party leader who was assassinated in 1993.[3]

Admissions and operations[edit]

More than two thousand patients check into the hospital's specialised clinics and out-patient departments daily, from catchment areas as far as Klerksdorp. In 2022 the hospital was over R66 million in arrears with its bills for municipal services.[4]


  1. ^ "radiodiaries] entry on "Just Another Day at the World's Biggest Hospital". Radio Diaries.
  2. ^ "Operation by cellphone light bara bosses blamed". Mail & Guardian.
  3. ^ "Histor". Chris Hani Baragwanth Hospital.
  4. ^ staff writer (13 February 2022). "Pay up or else — Johannesburg warning after Pretoria power cuts". MyBroadBand. Retrieved 21 February 2022.

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