Health & Social Services

Thebe / Phumelela District hospital Complex

(Harrismith & Vrede)

Background information about the Complex 

The district hospital complex consists of two-district hospital that is almost 120 km apart as a challenge for effective management.

Thebe District hospital

Thebe District Hospital is the main institution in the complex. It is a commissioned 100 bedded hospital and actual beds in use are 71 due to renovations that are in process. The hospital lies between the juncture of the two main national roads namely N3 and N5 in the Harrismith town. The institution is currently undergoing final phase of upgrading at the cost of 42 million rand. The hospital provides all the services according to the district hospital packages. The secondary referral hospital is Mufumahadi Manapo Mopeli that is about 60 km from Harrismith. The catchments population of the hospital is mainly the community of Harrismith, Tshiame, Warden and the farming communities around the towns.

Phumelela District

Phumelela district hospital is located in the small rural town of Vrede. The hospital is commissioned with the 30 beds. The hospital provides limited services according to the district hospital package as the result of its size and human resource constraints. The secondary referral hospital is almost 180 km and nearest complex is 120 km. The staff component of the institution is very small and provides the services to the radius of 100 km around the farming community.


Transcending Frontiers in Quality Patient Care


We, Thebe/Phumelela District Hospital Complex, strive to provide comprehensive, compassionate, affordable and accessible level 1 Health services to the community it serves, meeting the physical psychological and spiritual customer needs whilst aims to develop and empower all its stakeholders.

Services Rendered

Thebe District Hospital 

  • Casualty
  • Theatre: limited due to critical shortage of doctors
  • Maternity
  • General Paediatric ward
  • General medical and surgical ward
  • Radiographic services
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Victim Support Services
  • Motuary services
  • Dental Services
  • Social Work services
  • Dispensary

Phumelela Hospital 

  • Casualty
  • General medical and surgical wards
  • Maternity Services
  • General Paediatric ward


What to bring to the hospital when being admitted:

  • ID document / passport
  • A referral letter from clinic /private doctor (H301)
  • Proof of residence
  • At least R30 for admissions and R20 for consultation
  • Proof of being unemployed e.g. UIF card
  • Your pension card if you are a pensioner
  • Your Medical Aid card/number if you belong to a medical aid
  • Your SANDF force number if you are working for the SANDF
  • If you are injured at work, your employer must fill in the employers report and you must bring if for you to be admitted as a WCA (injury on duty)
  •  If you have been involved in an accident (MVA) your correct particulars, and particulars of the vehicle which caused the accident are needed, as well as the exact place where the accident occurred.
  • For admission, the following must be brought: Two washing rags, toothpaste, soap and toiletries and sleeping attire.

Classification of Patients

Free services provided for:

  • Pregnant woman and children under the age of 5 years
  • 32 days after child birth (mother and child)
  • Termination of pregnancy
  • Forensic services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Persons with mental disorders
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Infectious, formidable and / or notifiable diseases
  • Persons suffering from malnutrition, pellagra and any other determined by province
  • Persons on pension / grant

Contact Us

Tel:058 624 1800
Fax:058 623 0724

Physical Address

Thebe Hospital
End Mauritz Street

Postal Address

P.O Box 871