Our Programs

At Bloemcare you will be empowered with the necessary life skills and coping mechanisms to be able to deal with daily challenges – whether a stressful work or home environment, a disorder, or dependency that you have to manage. The dedicated, friendly staff at this up-market psychiatric facility provide quality professional psychiatric nursing care in a protected environment.


Bloemcare offers psychiatric care and a two week group therapy program that promotes and strengthen interpersonal relationships and encourages healthy emotional growth.


Bloemcare’s unique pals@bloemcare program (Positive Adolescent Life Skills) offers psychiatric care in a protected environment to secondary school learners (12 to 18 years).

Patients are accommodated in 3 wards with a total of 108 beds. Bloemcare offers a comprehensive group therapy program facilitated by a team of skilled Occupational Therapists.

The 2-week adult group therapy program has two main focus areas:

  • During the first week, the patient’s relationship with the self  is explored.
  • Relationships with others are dealt with during the second week.

Attending these group sessions is strongly recommended as they form an integral part of the holistic program. Patients are under no obligation to take part in discussions or share their emotions, experiences or opinions with the group. They will still benefit from listening to the discussions and presentations. The group sessions are presented in a professional, non-threatening manner.

Group therapy has proven to be extremely beneficial to most patients:

  • it often reinforces ground they have already covered or will cover in personal sessions with psychiatrists and psychologists;
  • patients gain insight and knowledge about various aspects of their emotions and relationships;
  • perceptions of their own situations often change when they hear about situations and challenges in the lives of other patients.

The Occupational therapists treat patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help the patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. Arts and crafts activities also form part of the therapeutic program encouraging the patients to explore through creativity.

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Bloemcare’s unique pals@bloemcare program (Positive Adolescent Life Skills) offers psychiatric services in a protected and safe environment for secondary school learners between the ages of 12 to 18.  The adolescents are housed in their own ward equipped with recreational areas and a group therapy room.

The objectives of this 2-week program is obtained by a multidisciplinary team intervention.  The adolescents are exposed to interactive and adventure learning, in an effort to empower them with as many skill as possible to help them cope with life’s various challenges.  Subjects that are covered during the program range from value clarification, assertiveness, boundaries, anger management, emotional regulation and temperaments.  Attendance of the group therapy sessions are compulsory.  During the group sessions, the adolescents are encouraged to interact with one another, sharing their views and experiences, learning from and encouraging one another.

During the first week the emphasis is on getting to know themselves.  In week two the focus is on developing meaningful interpersonal relationships.

Parents are encouraged to attend the parent weekend where information is shared regarding your child’s temperaments. This enables you to understand yourself, your child and also the impact that different temperaments may have on the family.

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How to Book a Bed
In order to book a bed at Bloemcare you need to be referred by your treating psychiatrist. If you only have a psychologist then he/she will refer you to a psychiatrist who will oversee your treatment during your admission. If you do not have a psychiatrist or a psychologist, Bloemcare is able to assist you in finding a suitable team that can you help with your admission. It is essential that all bookings are done in advance in order to guarantee the availability of a bed. Your psychiatrist will inform you of your date of admission and will confirm this date on the Friday before admission.

It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with your medical aid benefits and available funds before admission. Hospital fees at Bloemcare are charged according to the negotiated rates between the hospital and the medical aid schemes. Most medical aids cover all clinical costs, including professional consultations, medication, group therapy and accommodation for up to 21 days per annum. Please be aware that some medical aids, however do require a co-payment and this is payable by the member on admission. Patients are reminded that they remain responsible for any accounts that their medical aids do not cover. It is important that patients contact their medical aids in order to make sure which services will be covered.

The patient is responsible to obtain a pre authorization number from their medical aid before admission at Bloemcare.

Admission Times

Sunday Admission Times: 14:00 – 16:00
Monday Admission Times: 07:00 – 10:00

Admissions scheduled during these times are for patients whose beds have been pre booked by a psychiatrist. The reservation will be cancelled should you not have reported to Bloemcare by 12h00 on the Monday morning.

Please not that once you have been admitted to Bloemcare you are not permitted to leave the premises for any reason during your two week treatment period.

For any after hours emergencies please go to your nearest emergency hospital for assistance.

Patients are permitted to park their vehicles in the designated parking area. No undercover parking is provided. Although Bloemcare provides 24-hour security services, all vehicles are parked at the patient’s own risk.

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What to Bring?

  • Identity documents/drivers license.
  • Medical Aid Membership Card
  • Pre Authorisation number
  • Casual clothes (For daytime wear during the length of stay)
  • Sleepwear, slippers and a dressing gown (for sleeping only)
  • Toiletries
  • Bath towels
  • Gym clothing and shoes if you plan on making use of the gymnasium
  • A two-point plug (for your hairdryer, cellphone charger etc.)
  • Please bring any medication that you are currently taking in its original packaging. This includes chronic  medication.
  • Hobby items like books, magazines, coloring books and pencils or knitting.
    • -Key deposit R20,00
    • -Coffee Shop (credit and debit card facilities are available)
    • -Group therapy workbook: R70,00
    • -Relaxation Therapy CD: R40,00 (optional)
    • -DVD’s relating to psychiatric disorders are available at R150 per DVD
    • -Bean bags: R50,00 (optional)
    • -Washing powder R3,00 and fabric softener R2,00 per wash, if you wish to make use of the Bloemcare laundry.

    Bloemcare has a strict policy against any illicit drugs and alcohol being brought onto or used on our premises. Being in possession or using any form of substances during your admission will lead to immediate to discharge.

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    Private-Paying Patients

    A weekly deposit covering the estimated costs of your hospital stay is required on admission.

    During your stay in Bloemcare, our debtors department will contact the person responsible for your account to inform him/her/yourself that your funds are nearly depleted when your stay exceeds 6 days. The responsible person for your hospital account will then be required to deposit an additional amount to ensure your stay.

    Please note that this deposit only covers your hospital stay and does not include your psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists fees or any other service provider that you wish to consult while in Bloemcare.  Your medication is also excluded from this deposit. 

Please contact our debtors department for further assistance.

At the settlement of your account, you will receive a 10% discount on the total ward fees.

Upon discharge, the hospital account mush be settled in full.

Credit card facilities are available.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is an open group which takes place on Mondays and Fridays from 18:00 – 19:00 in the Protea group room at Bloemcare.  For more information contact Patrick at 072 409 9712

Narcotics Anonymous

NA is an open group which takes place on Wednesdays from 18:00 – 19:00 in the Protea group room at Bloemcare.  For more information contact Patrick at 072 409 9712

You are more than welcome to attend both AA and NA groups three times a week


The Befrienders

Contact Details
Tel: 051 444 5000
Fax: 051 444 5951

24hr Telephone Service

Physical Address
18 Klerck Avenue, Brandwag, Bloemfontein

Southern Free State Mental Health

Southern Free State Mental Health is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that has been rendering services for persons with an intellectual and/or psychiatric disability in Bloemfontein and surrounding areas for the past 60 years.

The organisation has various support groups.

Bloemfontein and surrounding areas:

Anxiety and Depression support
Mrs. E van Rooyen
051 444 0212/3


Bloecare has partnered with all major medial aid schemes and facilitate interactions between yourself and your medical aid.

For questions or queries regarding your benefits please contact your medical aid directly.