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Emergency resources

Toll free numbers to call when you are in distress

  • SADAG UCT Student Careline: 0800 24 25 26 free from a Telkom line or SMS 31393 for a call-me-back. This line offers 24/7 telephonic counselling, advice, referral facilities and general support to students facing any mental health challenges or contemplating suicide. The line is available to offer support and advice to anyone who is concerned about a student who might be in distress. The line is able to advise and refer callers to both internal UCT resources and external (NGO, public and private) mental health resources.
  • Please make use of the SADAG UCT Student Careline while waiting for an appointment at the Student Wellness Service or if you require emotional support at any time. The SADAG website contains useful information about mental health issues as well as details of their national helplines.

Psychiatric Emergencies in Residences or on Campus

Ambulances

State: 10177

Private (UCT - contracted): ER24 084124

24-hour Emergency Units

Not Private (State)

Groote Schuur Hospital
Main Road, Observatory
Tel: 021 404 9111 (switchboard)
Tel: 021 404 5566 (appointments)

Private

  1. Life Claremont Hospital
    245 Main Rd, Claremont
    Tel: 021 670 4300
  2. Vincent Pallotti Hospital
    Alexandra Rd, Pinelands
    Tel: 021 506 5111
  3. Kingsbury Hospital
    Wilderness Lane, Claremont
    Tel: 021 670 4000
  4. Rondebosch Medical Centre (opposite Red Cross Childrens Hospital)
    85 Klipfontein Road, Mowbray
    Emergency Unit
    Tel: 021 685 8706

Sexual Assault

Office for Inclusivity & Change
Tel: Rashieda 021 650 3530 or 072 393 7824
Campus Protection Services (CPS)
Tel: 021 650 2222/ 3 ( 24-hour hotline )
Follow the UCT SWS Protocol

Pharmacies

  1. Webb & Savoy
    34 Cnr Main & Durban Rds, Mowbray
    Tel: 021 689 8923
    Mon - Sat: 08h00 - 21h00; Sun: 09h00 - 21h00
  2. Rustenburg
    Fountain Square , Main Road, Rondebosch
    Tel: 021 686 3997
    Mon - Sat: 08h30 - 22h00; Sun: 09h00 - 22h00
  3. Clicks pharmacy
    Fountain Square, 23 Main Road, Rondebosch
    Tel: 689 8973
    Mon - Sat: 08h30 - 19h30

Poisons unit

  1. Red Cross Hospital
    Tel: 021 685 5111
    Poisons Information Helpline (24 hours): 0861 555 777
  2. Tygerberg Hospital
    Tel: 021 938 6084 (office hours)
    Poisons Information Helpline (24 hours): 0861 555 777

Reproductive health

The Marie Stopes Clinic
Tel: Toll free 0800 11 77 85

  • Safe Abortions
  • Contraceptives
  • Pregnancy care
  • HIV & STI testing
  • Women Wellness
  • Pap smears

Emergency contraception

(The "morning after pill")
Available at pharmacies, emergency units or Toll free 0800 11 77 85