McCord is a beacon of hope and health.
McCord Hospital has been providing quality, affordable medical care to Durban's people for 102 years. We aim to bring care, hope and excellence to our patients, and we're serious about keeping excellent healthcare affordable.
The visionary American missionary surgeon, Dr James McCord, opened McCord Hospital in May 1909 to provide medical care to the Zulu people of Durban, South Africa. The hospital is now a centre for health education, training and research locally and internationally, and has an impact well beyond its size and location.
The hospital has a 142 bed inpatient facility, three operating theatres, a day surgery ward, an outpatient department seeing an average of 15,000 per month and support services such as pharmcy, laboratory and X-Ray. McCord's comprehensive HIV care and treatment programme, Sinikithemba,is one of the country's largest and has initiated over 8,000 people onto ART, including over 1,000 children. The hospital's Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme boasts one of the lowest HIV transmission rates in South Africa, at just 2.5%.
McCord has historically played a crucial role in the training of doctors, nurses and midwives, the majority of whom have been black South Africans. It has afforded them opportuities denied elsewhere in the country, particularly in the 1930s and 1940s. The McCord School of Nursing has been training nurses since 1924, and currently graduates 190 nurses per year. Our medical Internship Programme provides training for 8-12 doctors per year.
The dedication and excellence of the medical and nursing staff is widely acknowledged and is attributed to the hospital's strong focus on staff development, service and social justice. The ethos and culture of the hospital, while having a strong Christian focus, is acknowledged by people of all faiths as unique.
Read more a few of McCord achievements in the last 102 years.
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