Gauteng  is the smallest and most highly developed province in South Africa. Approximately 14.7 million people live in the Economic powerhouse of South Arica.



Johannesburg is the financial hub of the country. And the action. It’s the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent. It is an African city that works: the phones dial, the lights switch on, you can drink the water, there are multi-lane freeways, skyscrapers, conference centres, golf courses. If you should get lost, ordinary people on the street speak English. Almost everyone has a cell phone. You can send e-mail from your hotel room, you can bank any foreign currency, you can watch CNN, and should you fall ill, the hospitals have world-class equipment and doctors who can be trusted to provide world class care.

  • Founded on 4 October 1886 – One of the youngest major cities in the world
  • One of the world’s biggest man-made forests – 10 million trees
  • Largest city in the world not built on a river or coastline – We are here because of our gold
  • 40% of the world’s ancestor fossils discovered in Johannesburg area
  • Johannesburg International airport – biggest in Africa
  • Elevation 6000 ft (2000m) – Takes 1 minute longer to boil an egg
  • Crime rate down by 70% – below many US major cities
  • University of the Witwatersrand – 5500 teaching hospital beds
    • Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital – 3000 beds – world’s largest hospital
    • Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital – 1500 beds
    • Helen Joseph Hospital – 600 beds
    • Netcare Milpark Hospital – 456 beds

Johannesburg generates 16% of South Africa’s GDP and employs 12% of the national workforce. It has a financial, municipal, roads and telecommunications infrastructure that matches leading first world cities, yet the cost of living is far lower. A rule of thumb for visitors from Europe and the United States is: most things will cost you about half what you would have paid for them at home.

Johannesburg hosts every form of commercial activity from financial services to heavy industries and mining. There’s hardly a major international company doing serious business in sub-Saharan Africa that has not looked to Johannesburg as the gateway to the continent

The Hospital

The Netcare Milpark Hospital is a multidisciplinary private hospital, situated in the centre of Johannesburg. There are 456 beds, of which 150 are full Intensive Care beds, in all disciplines of medicine. The Hospital is Private Facility, working closely with the State (Government) Provincial Hospital Facilities of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital Trauma Unit, and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital Trauma Unit.

The Milpark Hospital Academic Trauma Centre

This is a self-contained Trauma Centre within the Hospital  It is an accredited Level 1 Trauma Centre, verified with by the Trauma Society of South Africa, and is associated with the Department of Surgery of the University of the Witwatersrand. The Trauma and Burns Centres, and their dedicated Intensive Care Units, form a Satellite Academic Centre for the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences and all the Medical Staff on the Unit hold joint appointments with the Department of Surgery at the University.

The Unit works closely with all Pre-hospital Emergency Services, and in particular with Netcare 911 road EMS and Netcare airborne HEMS.

The Unit has full, 24 hours per day access to all the diagnostic, laboratory, and therapeutic support facilities of a modern teaching hospital.

The Centre has the following sections:

  • An Emergency and Trauma receiving Area
    • Major injury resuscitation for up to 4 patients simultaneously
    • The Centre includes a dedicated Hazardous material (HazMat) capability
    • 24-hour in-house consultant surgeon presence
    • Dedicated major trauma operating facilities with 24 hour and expansion availability
    • Hybrid Theatre Facilities
    • 7 minor treatment cubicles
    • A state-of-the art Lodox X-ray facility and  CT scanning within the Resuscitation Unit.
  • A Trauma Intensive Care Unit – the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with 30 ICU Trauma beds
  • Trauma High care ward
  • Level 1 Burns Centre with 8 ICU beds
  • 24-hour radiology and hybrid facilities.
  • A close association with the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital

The Centre therefore cares for all aspects of the trauma patient, from minor injuries to major polytrauma. The Unit’s staff deal with all aspects of the patient’s care, including some delegation to other specialities (e.g. Orthopaedics, Plastics and Neurosurgery). The Unit’s influence, therefore extends from the roadside (pre-hospital care) to rehabilitation.


The annual patient workload is approximately trauma patients per year, including in excess of 5400 admissions and 900 major resuscitations annually. The Unit is one of four major referral centres in the Johannesburg area, receiving patients from throughout the Province, neighbouring provinces and neighbouring states.

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Study and Training

The posts are recognised by the Health Professions Council of South Africa for sub-specialist training in Trauma Surgery and Trauma Critical Care

Applicants are required to be registered as Medical Practitioners with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Holders of non-South African qualifications should refer to the HPCSA Regulations regarding foreign graduates.

There is a full academic training programme in Trauma Surgery and audit of the patient care forms part of the Unit’s activities. A research project is considered a mandatory part of the conditions of Level 1 accreditation, and every effort will be made to assist staff in this regard both academically and financially

Quality assurance, including mortality and morbidity meetings, blood utilisation reviews, TRISS scoring, the National Trauma Data Bank (Medibank), etc., is emphasised. There is duty teaching on all aspects of immediate Trauma care and Trauma critical care, for all medical, nursing, and allied health care professionals, and a compulsory weekly academic morning at each of the Provincial hospitals. Extensive library and laboratory facilities are available via the University of the Witwatersrand. CPD (Continuing Medical Education) points are awarded.

The Centre is also the co-ordinating point for the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course (DSTCTM), and Definitive Anaesthetic Trauma Care Course DATCTM under the auspices of the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC) which seeks to train surgeons and anaesthesiologists on the specific practical advanced management of major injury, and team resource management.

Trauma Training for Supernumary Medical Practitioners and Medical Students

In association with the Department of Surgery of the University of the Witwatersrand, and the Trauma Units at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital training programme in Trauma and Trauma Critical Care is available at variable levels specifically intended for non-South Africans who wish to be exposed to a comprehensive training in the management of major trauma.  These posts are, however, unpaid, and must be funded entirely from external sources. We work closely with the other hospitals and the University in this regard.

Applicants will be required to register with the Health Professions Council, and posts are normally tenable up to a maximum of two years.  The Unit will assist with registration via the University of the Witwatersrand.

Student Electives

The Unit is keen on involving Medical Students who wish to do their elective periods in the Unit. We regularly host students from England, Sweden, Australia and Germany, as well as from our own University. Elective students participate fully in all aspects of the Unit and receive extensive teaching as well as exposure to minor and major trauma. All elective periods are arranged in conjunction with the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences, or Netcare

Students wishing to do their elective periods should contact both the Unit and the University.

Applications and request for further information should be made to:

STUDENTS – https://www.wits.ac.za/health/faculty-services/elective/registration-fees/
DOCTORS – https://www.wits.ac.za/health/academic-programmes/foreign-postgraduate/