The Tygerberg Hospital is situated on the Voortrekker Road Corridor in the heart of the Greater Tygerberg region. The Voortrekker Road Corridor has thus been uniquely endowed with 2 provincial hospitals: Tygerberg and Karl Bremer. The Tygerberg Hospital is situated at the intersection of Voortrekker Road and Jip De Jager Drive and the Karl Bremer Hospital is situated less than 2 km away on the intersection of Jip De Jager and the N1. The Voortrekker Road Corridor’s Northern and Southern borders are respectively demarcated by the N1 and N2 highways, the Nation’s primary South – North and South – East road networks. The Tygerberg Hospital furthermore straddles the primary South – North national and suburban rail networks whilst it lies literally beneath the primary approach path to the Cape Town International Airport some 7km away also in the Voortrekker Road Corridor. Unlike its counterpart provincial hospitals, the Tygerberg Hospital has not been established within the precincts of its provincial capital city but on the primary approach to Cape Town, the Voortrekker Road Corridor.
A symbiotic relationship exists between the Tygerberg Hospital and the Voortrekker Road Corridor. The former being the “heart” which is sustained by the “veins, arteries and organs” of the latter. Since its inception in 1976, a high concentration of Health and Wellness Sector services, infrastructure and industries have come to organically establish themselves around the Tygerberg Hospital precinct.
A significant degree of the corridor’s diverse character is thus determined by a burgeoning Health and Wellness Sector. There are located on further campuses within a 3 km radius of the Hospital; the Stellenbosch University’s Health Science Faculty, the Faculty of Community & Health Sciences of the University of the Western Cape as well as the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Also located in the Voortrekker Road Corridor are 4 private general hospitals and 30 Community Health Clinics. The South African Medical Research Council and the Council for Health Service Accreditation of South Africa located within a 5km radius of the hospital have further distinguished the corridor as the “Wellness City” of the region.
Although many health and wellness industries in the corridor pre-date the Tygerberg Hospital, its inauguration in 1976 has stimulated the establishment of a multitude of further secondary Health and Wellness industries in the region. These include: Care Facilities, Medical Technology Supplies, Care Homes, Medical Insurance, Medical Supplies, Pharmaceutical, Health Spas, Medical Staffing Agencies, NGO’s , Nursing Trade Unions, Medical Apparel suppliers, Research Organisations, Laboratories, Ambulance Services and Health and Fitness Clubs,to mention a few. Many of these industries supply regional, national and sub-Saharan markets.
The impending upgrade of the 75ha Tygerberg Hospital complex and the further rollout of the National Health Service promises to be the future catalysts for the continued growth of the Tygerberg Region as the Wellness City of the Western Cape.