Our Community

Barrydale Hospice is situated within the rural town of Barrydale in the Western Cape.  Our services extend to surrounding farms and to Ladismith and is home to approximately 16127 people. Barrydale is a safe and scenic village offering tranquillity, lovely weather and an open-hearted community.

Our Story

The Barrydale hospice and palliative care services was initiated by Sister Joana van der Merwe and Nola Frazer in 2013, who were responding to bedridden cancer patients in need of palliative care.


Barrydale Hospice was officially registered as an NGO and PBO in 2016.  Shortly after that, the hospice bought a small complex to house its patients. During the recent Covid lockdown, our hospice provided care packages and nutritional support to nearly 4000 people.


Many patients are from vulnerable rural communities that live below the poverty line and need palliative care at home, or community-based care initiatives.   The hospice provides care, support, bereavement counselling and education through its trained nurses and palliative home carers who care for patients in the comfort of their own homes.

Barrydale Hospice works closely with the Provincial and Local Government and is a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA).

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Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialised medical care that improves the quality of life throughout the treatment of a life-threatening illnesses by providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.

Home Nursing & Care

The best possible palliative and hospice care services are provided by qualified nurses and certified carers in the familiar surroundings and comfort of our patients’ homes. Funds and donations received directly benefit destitute patients.

Respite Care

We offer respite care, an added temporary relief option for families who need a break from caring for a loved one. Our certified carers will look after the patient for a few hours, a week or extended periods.


We telephonically guide callers through minor nursing processes with the telehealth consultation. We do not dispense prescriptions and only provide medication when we actively treat the patient.

Care Education & Support

Most of the day-to-day care of a person dying is provided by family and friends. Barrydale hospice educates and supports willing family members and friends of the patient, to care for their loved ones.

Advanced Wound Care

Wound care assistance to reduce the risk of complications and infections is also available.

Hospice Accommodation

We offer studio and 1-bedroom cottages available to rent on our premises in Barrydale. These can be rented with/without palliative care and home carers. Please contact us for more information.

Emergency Nursing Care

We offer a 24-hour emergency nursing care service.

Should you need any of these services please reach out to our team. 

Provide your support

We welcome volunteers to support our community outreach programs

  • Outreach Clinic
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Paliative Care Awareness
  • Hospice For Health Collaboration

The Barrydale Hospice Outreach Clinic is a test-and-refer service that provides a more informal, personal approach to helping community members. Our focus is on Diabetes, Hypertension, Substance abuse as well as Women and childcare.


The service includes:

  • Testing, screening and consulting
  • DNRs
  • Health monitoring
  • Referral, advice and support services

Our care services include training and capacity building in palliative care to community health workers that play a vital role in connecting vulnerable patients with healthcare providers.

We deliver palliative care awareness building to doctors, nurses, and the public. Most people do not know that they can access hospice and palliative care, which will significantly reduce the cost of their healthcare.

Our Barrydale Hospice for Health Initiative collaborates with other groups and NGOs. We aim to bring about deepened community care and engagement through education and awareness raising, with practical solutions to address diabetes, hypertension, depression, substance abuse and women & childcare.

Get in touch. Get Involved. 

We welcome volunteers to support our community outreach programs

+27 76 868 9660

49a Van Riebeeck Street Barrydale 6750, Western Cape, South Africa