The Sefako Makgatho Oral Health Centre is a specialised tertiary hospital delivering oral health services to the public. The institution is a clinical training platform, linked to the School of Oral Health Sciences of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) offering both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and oral health specialist services.  It is one of the three Oral and Dental institutions in Gauteng and is in Tshwane District region.

The facility is situated in the premises of SMU and forms part of the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH). We cater for basic oral and dental care services and specialised oral services in Gauteng, Limpopo and North West Provinces.

SMU Oral Health Centre is essentially a Specialised tertiary hospital delivering oral health services to the public.

a.) Service delivery platforms – School of Oral health and Community outreach programmes (eg Winterveldt, Salvokop)
b.) Services offered range from Primary to the tertiary level of care
c.) Types of Clinical services offered

               i.)  Basic Primary Health Care Dentistry – (Dentists, dental assistants and operators)
               ii.) Radiology services
               iii.) Basic Conservative Dentistry and Preventive Dentistry
               iv.) Specialised dentistry services – Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Oral & Maxillo Facial Pathology, Orthodontics, Community Dentistry, Oral Medicine and Periodontics
               v.) Nursing services (Quality of Health Care, Infection Prevention and Control, Theatre)

d.) Support services for optimal functioning of the institution
               i.) Hospital Administration
               ii.) Patient administration
              iii.) Supply chain management
              iv.) Finance services
               v.) Human resources
               vi.) Maintenance  services
              vii.) Information technology
              viii.) Cleaning services
                ix.) Drivers
                 x.) Security – outsourced (Vimba Security)

The facility offers Out-Patients services from Monday to Friday 07:00 -16:00 and Saturdays 07:00-13:00. Management of trauma and Emergency dental care at DGMAH is done by our Maxillo-Facial Surgeons on call, including on weekends, Holidays and after hours. The facility has dental chair capacity of 232 and 3 Operating Theatres.

In 1975, the then Department of Health and Welfare, having recognised the need for dental therapists, decided to make facilities for their training available at the Ga Rankuwa Hospital. During 1980 the first Dean of the Faculty, Prof LT Taljaard was appointed on a part time basis.

The building of the dental’ complex started in 1984. The hospital accommodates all the required clinical facilities and was officially inaugurated towards the end of 1987

234 Dental surgeries are available in the hospital for clinical utilisation and a full spectrum of service laboratories is housed in the complex. The hospital, with its own three surgical theatres, is equipped to treat approximately 600 patients per day.

In July 1989 control of the hospital was transferred from the Department of National Health and Population Development to the then Transvaal Provincial Administration and subsequently to the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Provide high-quality primary health care-oriented health sciences research, education and services.

Deploy educational approaches that include evidence-based methods for curriculum development and delivery that are rooted in the community.

Promote interdisciplinary research, education and skills training that recognise the cross-disciplinary nature of holistic health care provision.

Produce a cadre of health professionals with the transformative leadership capacity to identify, analyse and address the health needs of the individual, the family, the community and the population.

Create an environment that supports innovation and harnesses the power of new technologies to address the health needs of the community.

To be the benchmark institution providing holistic health sciences education that meets the health needs of the individual, the family, the community, and the population.

Diligence, Integrity, Commitment, Humility, Respect, Relevance, Transformative and leadership