Helen Joseph Hospital is a government public hospital with a sole key responsibility of providing tertiary health care services to the community of Gauteng. In order to achieve this responsibility, the Hospital relies heavily on the commitment and competency of its ethical and naturally caring employees.

Helen Joseph Hospital re-named on 1st April 1997, to reflect the transformation in the country since the advent of democracy is a tertiary hospital, part of the Wits University circuitresponsible for teaching healthcare workers and provision of tertiary health services.

The Hospital provides services to a region with a population of about 1 million. Our catchment area is mainly Region B of the Johannesburg Municipality extending to some parts of Region C and D. We serve the medium to low income segment of the population.

The Helen Joseph Hospital consists of a total 21 (Twenty one) in-patient wards, the majority of which are medical wards (11 including 2 Admission wards), Six (6) Surgical wards two (2) of which are Orthopaedic wards, a Psychiatric unit, a  10-bed ICU, a 12 bed-High Care/ Step down unit, a Theatre complex comprising of twelve theatres, nine (9) of which are functional; speciality clinics including Stoma unit, Renal dialysis unit, Pain clinic, Endoscopy unit, Breast clinic, the TB focal point and the Thembalethu HIV clinic.

The total number of staff is 1886, with the nurses being the majority at 878 as is the norm for hospital healthcare organisations. Other staff categories: Doctors 220, cleaners 149, and 45 porters. We also have Allied health and support staff on hand. This number changes based on new additional staff, resignations, and retirements.

Helen Joseph Hospital Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday visiting hours: 3pm to 5pm

Weekends and public holidays visiting hours:  10am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm

Areas of specialities

  The Helen Joseph Hospital is a tertiary Level 3 institution. We provide quality tertiary healthcare   services through the following departments:

  • Neurosurgery   
  •  Dermatology
  • General Surgery and sub-specialities
  • Anaesthesia and operating theatre complex
  • TB focal point                    
  • Allied health      
  •  Pain clinic
  • MDR ward
  •  Orthopaedics                   
  • Radiology           
  • Medicine and its sub-specialities              
        • Breast clinic
  • Stoma and wound management clinic
  • 10 bedded ICU
  • Medical Male Circumcision
  • The Thembalethu HIV clinic

​​Operational Hours

Emergency Department: 24HRS

Pharmacy Department: 07H30-16H00

Out Patient Department (Clinics): 07H30-16h00

Poly Clinic: 07H30-16H00 (by referral only or appointment)

Administration Department /Cashiers: 07H30-16H00

Note: CCTV Cameras are installed for your safety the Hospital does not tolerate T​heft & Vandalism offenders Shall Be Prosecuted By Law Be safe: Kindly Check Your Vehicle Before 

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