Groote Schuur is one of Cape Town's premier tertiary academic hospitals. The hospital was officially opened in 1938. Mission: As an academic health centre, we will strive to provide outstanding tertiary and quaternary care for the patients of the Western Cape and beyond. We will promote excellence in teaching and research. Vision: To be the leading academic hospital in Africa with international standing. To become a patient at Groote Schuur Hospital, you have to be referred by a primary or secondary healthcare facility, such as a clinic or doctor.