Family Medicine & Primary Care
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care

​​​Teaching Sites - ​West Coast Training Complex


​The historic town of Malmesbury is about 65km north of Cape Town in the Swartland which is characterized by wheat and wine growing. There are many outdoor pursuits, such as cycling, wine tasting, birding and walking in the mountains and countryside.

Family physicians

Dr Gavin Hendricks is the training complex coordinator and Family Physician for Swartland Hospital, based in Malmesbury. Tel: 022 482 1161


Swartland District Hospital
Paarl Regional Hospital

And all PHC facilities in the GSA.


The majority of time, the registrars spend at either Swartland Hospital where most skills required for the level of a family physician are provided. The exposure to specialist departments in Paarl Regional Hospital is dependent on previous experience and personalised learning plans and interests. Registrars at present have rotated through Paarl Regional Hospital: Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthetics and Obstetrics/Gynaecology.

In our complex, all registrars have "adopted" a clinic, where they consult one day a week.

Local academic programme

We also have a undergraduate program for the middle and late phase medical students. While at the Regional Hospital the registrars work under the supervision of the relevant specialist. At the District Hospital the registrar will work under the supervision of a Family Physician. The academic programme is co-ordinated by Dr Gavin Hendricks who is the Training Complex Co-ordinator.