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A way of life


Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals are members of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa, operating 63 acute care facilities across the country.

Life Healthcare is recognised throughout the health industry for its high calibre healthcare professionals and excellent facilities.

We believe delivery of world class healthcare is achieved through a combination of unparalleled quality and clinical excellence; along with a true focus on the personal needs of our patients and their families.

Every day we subscribe to the core values of the Life Healthcare group, while individually striving to continually improve facilities, standards and technology.

At Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients. Within a world class hospital, this unique approach is what makes the difference and helps us to maintain our position as two of the top hospitals in the country.



Contact us


Physical address

Medical Centre
245 Main Road (Opp. Ardene Gardens)
Claremont
7700

Visitors note: Access to main reception via Wilderness Road

Postal address

P O Box 23357
Claremont
7735

Telephone 021 670 4300
Fax 021 671 3315
Email tanya.fester@lifehealthcare.co.za
Map Life Claremont Hospital


Management

Our management can be contacted through our Hospital’s reception desk or through e-mail.

Position Name
Hospital Manager Dr Justin Gavanescu
Nursing Manager Hester du Toit
Finance & Administration Manager Michael Gibbs
Human Resources Manager Qhubekani Ndiweni
Patient Services Manager Morne Gerber
Pharmacy Manager Evan Swart
Services Manager Cobus Lombaard
Nursing Standards Manager Fathima Mahomed
Marketing & Communications Co-Ordinator Tanya Fester



Our team

At Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals we understand that we have a responsibility to meet the expectations of those who are entrusted to our care as well as the expectations of their loved ones.

This realisation enables us to ensure that we focus on an experience of care for everybody who visits or is admitted to one of our hospitals or healthcare facilities.

All Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals’ staff participates in ongoing quality training ‘Q to the power of e’. Here we each come to appreciate the importance of quality in delivery of service and to embrace caring principles of empathy, ethics, excellence, energy and empowerment.

Results of ongoing patient satisfaction surveys tell us that a stay at Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver. The care delivered at Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals extends into the community.

Our employees at all levels actively participate in community initiatives to improve the quality of life in surrounding areas.



Our facilities

At Life Claremont Hospital:

  • 100 beds and 4 theatres
  • A 5 bed general intensive care unit, equipped with leading diagnostic and monitoring facilities
  • An orthopaedic unit committed to joint replacement specialised surgery, including the treatment of hand, foot, knee, back and neck
  • 24-Hour accident and emergency unit with doctor on duty 24/7, and back up specialists from both hospitals
  • A radiology facility, with a comprehensive range of sophisticated diagnostic equipment including MRI and CT scanner

At Life Kingsbury Hospital:

  • 134 beds and 7 theatres
  • A 9 bed general intensive care unit, equipped with leading diagnostic and monitoring facilities
  • A 5 bed high care unit
  • A radiology facility, with a comprehensive range of sophisticated diagnostic equipment including CT scanner
  • A state-of-the-art vascular theatre and support facilities including a 23 bed vascular/neuro ward
  • A 25 bed maternity unit with well-appointed wards and video security facilities. This unit is ably supported by a mother and baby clinic which provides support to the mother after delivery
  • Foetal assessment unit
  • A 4 bed neonatal unit complete with state-of-the-art monitoring and life support equipment to cater for any neonatal emergency
  • 4 delivery rooms including the natural birth room and spa bath which provides a homely environment with the security of advanced obstetric and neonatal care on demand
  • An on-site breastfeeding consultant who does daily ward rounds
  • A paediatric centre for asthma, allergies and diabetes
  • A 21 bed gastrointestinal surgical ward
  • An endoscopy suite



Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • ENT surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Foetal assessment
  • Gastroenterology
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Maxillo-Facial & Oral surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

Ancillary services shared at the Medical Village:

  • Dietetics
  • Pathology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiology



Specialist facilities

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
The Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Unit in Cape Town was established to provide information and treatment options for conditions resulting from pelvic floor dysfunction, including incontinence, constipation and rectal prolapse. Pelvic floor diseases or disorders have a huge negative impact on patients – physically, psychologically and socially. It is important to know that there are millions of sufferers out there and there is no need to suffer the symptoms in silence. The Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Unit brings together health care professionals with years of experience in treating pelvic dysfunction; surgeons recognized for their experience and skill in this specialized surgery and the most technologically advanced medical and surgical equipment to advise and treat patients, and make their lives worth living again. The website provides advice, contacts and an opportunity to make an anonymous enquiry.

Click here for more information.

Obesity Surgery
Obesity is a serious condition associated with multiple problems like:

  • Heart Attacks
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep Disorders

Life Kingsbury Hospital offers obesity surgery in the form of a multidisciplinary team – The Chrysalis Clinic.

The Chrysalis Clinic takes a holistic approach to obesity and weight loss. We look at the patient`s history and current health status. We combine the skills and professional inputs of a team of specialists, considering all the options, and the safest, most realistic way forward for the patient.

It`s important to understand that significant weight loss is a process. It involves long term commitment, patience, endurance and trust in the team. But the challenge is made a lot more manageable when the patients have the support of your own mentor and a whole team of professionals. Non – surgical options are considered first, involving a combination of dietetic treatment, exercise, pharmacological treatment and psychotherapy. You will be assessed by an endocrinologist/physician, a dietician, a surgeon, a biokineticist and a psychiatrist or psychologist from the Chrysalis Clinic team.

Click here for more information.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Revolutionary New Procedure for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm a recent major upgrade of the vascular theatre at Life Kingsbury Hospital, together with a state-of-the-art screening table and radiological facilities, has now enabled a new procedure for abdominal aortic aneurysms to be performed.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a dilation of the largest artery in the body, situated in the abdominal cavity. This common condition is found in up to 5% of males over the age of 60 especially if they have high blood pressure or a family history of aneurysms. It is less common in females. When the aneurysm enlarges beyond 4-5cm in size there is a major risk of sudden rupture, an event that is usually immediately fatal. As they tend to cause no symptoms before rupture they usually require an ultrasound examination to pick them up, a vascular surgeon at the Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont recommends that all males over 60 have an ultrasound to detect this potentially life-threatening condition. Communities in which this service is routinely offered have experienced a great reduction in the number of deaths from ruptured aneurysms. Patients should ask their general practitioners to arrange this for them.

Until recently, repairing an abdominal aneurysm required a major operation under general anaesthesia in which the abdomen was opened and the aorta replaced with an artificial graft (a fabric tube). This usually required several days in intensive care, a week or more in hospital and as long as 3 months to full recovery. It is now possible to introduce the graft that is needed into the aorta through the groin arteries without opening the abdomen at all. A system of self-expanding metal stents holds everything in place in the aorta so that all the blood flows through the graft and none through the aneurysm. Most patients are discharged within 2 days with only two small wounds in the groin and a rapid return to work and full activity. More than 10 000 of these procedures have now been performed worldwide including a small number in South Africa. Approximately 50% of aneurysms are suitable for the new technique.

Particularly sophisticated X-ray facilities are required in the operating theatre to permit the safe and accurate introduction of stent grafts into the major arteries. Very few operating theatres in the world have such facilities. The upgrade of the vascular theatre at Life Kingsbury Hospital has now enabled these procedures to be performed safely. A team led by vascular surgeons, and assisted by radiologist Philip Harries-Jones have now successfully implanted many Aneurex stent grafts and have commenced an active programme to properly evaluate aneurysm patients and where possible, treat them with stent graft procedures.

Our Management

  • A nursing sister
  • A team of five biokineticists
  • A dietician
  • Three health psychologists
  • A specialist physician who both have an interest in cardiac disease and cardiac rehabilitation, oversee the total program.

Our aim is to bring the unfit and at risk patients back to peak fitness so as to minimize the likelihood of a cardiac incidence or relapse.

Click here for more information.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Life Claremont Hospital’s Cardiac unit is situated on the ground floor of its hospital and is run by the Cape Medical Rehabilitation centre.

This centre specialises in cardiac rehabilitation for the at-risk, hypertensive patient through to those who have undergone bypass surgery and even heart transplant surgery.

The patients do a six-month programme with us and the aim is then to integrate them into one of the commercial gyms or onto a Fit-for-Life programme.



Supporting doctors

The doctors listed below are private practitioners. Please enquire about their rates directly with the practice.

Life Claremont Hospital consists of a number of top class medical specialists. To obtain contact information on a certain specialist, such as address, telephone and fax numbers, make use of the following details.

Name Contact number

Audiologist(s)
Shannon Kruyt 021 683 1393

Biokinetics
Loreen Winton (Cape Medical Rehabilitation Centre) 021 683 1744

Dermatologist(s)
Dr L Krause 021 683 4580
Dr R Lehloenya 021 671 0999
Dr S Christians 021 671 0999

Dietician(s)
Claire McMahon 021 683 4858
Gina Fourie 021 683 4858
Jean Mills 021 683 4858

Ear, nose & throat surgeon(s)
Dr G Kroukamp 021 674 0885
Dr J Steer 021 797 4245
Prof J Fagan 021 674 3353

Endocrinologist(s)
Dr J Dave 021 674 0695
Dr W May 021 674 6414

Gastroenterologist(s)
Dr A Cariem 021 683 7001
Dr G Adams 021 671 3273
Dr J Wright 021 683 4600

General practitioner(s)
Dr A Morris (Allergy Clinic) 021 674 3637
Dr C de la Harpe 021 683 6810
Dr P Louw 021 683 6810
Dr P Sandell 021 683 6810
Dr T van Rensburg (Diabetes Wellness Centre) 021 674 1431

General surgeon(s)
Dr A Ndhluni 021 683 3893
Dr B Maree 021 683 3893
Dr C McGuire 021 671 9600
Dr C Simonsz 021 797 1690
Dr D Theunissen 021 683 3893
Dr G Stapleton 021 671 6181
Dr I Marr 021 674 0107
Dr K Brice 021 683 3893
Dr M Elliot 021 683 7003
Dr M Hewat 021 683 3893
Dr M van Rensburg 021 674 6471
Dr P Jeffery 021 683 3893
Dr R Baigrie 021 683 3893
Dr R Oodit 021 683 3893
Dr S Cullis 021 683 3893
Dr T Miles 021 683 7179

Maxillofacial and oral surgeon(s)
Dr B Berezowski 021 797 7252
Dr C Greef 021 671 7517
Dr M Ostrofsky 021 683 8954
Dr R Hendricks 021 671 5040

Nephrologist(s)
Dr C Swanepoel 021 683 7119

Neurosurgeon(s)
Dr J Hill 021 674 1257

Nuclear physician(s)
Dr P Botha 021 683 0535

Obstetricians & gynaecologist(s)
Dr A Alperstein 021 683 1724
Dr A Newham 021 671 7052
Dr Carol Thomas 021 671 1738
Dr G Groenewald 021 671 0347
Dr G Tsalacopoulos 021 683 1727
Dr Kerry Sherwood 021 671 9692
Dr Laura Graves 021 671 4005
Dr Lynette Jansen-Olarogun 021 683 0370
Dr P Alberts 021 671 2492
Dr P Barnard 021 671 9080
Dr P Zinn 021 683 0453
Dr Paula Penkin 021 683 1785
Dr R Dhansay 021 674 2088
Dr R Kukard 021 671 9080
Dr S Reddy 021 683 6372
Dr S Sandler 021 674 3128
Dr Sarah Shanahan 021 683 1798
Dr Ursula Botha 021 671 4050

Ophthalmologist(s)
Dr A Ivey 021 671 5154
Dr A Thomson 021 797 8150
Dr B Phillips 021 785 5661
Dr D Cilliers 021 712 6997
Dr D Harrison 021 674 1741
Dr E Fallatisch 021 851 0870
Dr G Galloway 021 761 0140
Dr K Suttle 021 715 8015
Dr K Woods 021 674 1741
Dr M Mesham 021 794 5714
Dr P Steven 021 797 8150
Dr R Maske 021 797 8150
Dr R Rogers 021 797 0057
Dr R Scholtz 021 671 5154
Dr S Angelil 021 434 5773
Dr S Makanjee 021 674 9272
Dr Z Aleksic 021 426 4842

Orthopaedic surgeon(s)
Dr A Demblon 021 683 7315
Dr C Edelstein 021 671 4615
Dr C White 021 683 6037
Dr G McCollum 021 671 6213
Dr J May 021 671 5651
Dr L Stewart 021 683 6037
Dr M Nortje 021 671 6213
Dr R Harvey 021 671 9080
Dr S Loots 021 671 4575
Dr T Sulaiman 021 671 6674

Paediatric Pulmonologist(s)
Dr Salome Abbott 021 506 5228

Paediatrician(s)
Dr A Puterman 021 683 4454
Dr A Wewege 021 761 3408
Dr Hedi van der Watt 021 761 3408
Dr J Lund 021 761 3408
Dr Lara Smith 021 761 3408
Dr M Bailey 021 674 0933

Pathologist(s)
Davies & Associates 021 683 9511
Metropolis Pathology Laboratories 021 683 8036
Pathcare 021 674 2643
Pathcare DSP 021 671 1156

Periodontist(s)
Dr P Wolfaardt 021 683 4802

Physician(s)
Dr A Haripersad 021 671 0343
Dr D Verster-Cohen 021 683 1704
Dr E Pretorius 021 674 6417
Dr J Turner 021 683 4770
Dr P Whitfield 021 683 6775
Dr R Tribe 021 671 3197

Physiotherapist(s)
Ashraf Natha & Associates 021 671 6707
Celia Smith & Associates 021 671 5300
Ellenberger, Gorman & Associates 021 823 8779
Ms C Avni 021 683 1174

Plastic surgeon(s)
Dr A Landau 021 674 0775
Dr B Price 021 683 6544
Dr F Duminy 021 683 3048
Dr K Adams 021 671 0942
Dr K Cronwright 021 671 6024
Dr N Kairinos 021 551 1589
Dr W Smith 021 683 3048

Prothodontist(s)
Dr Z Patel 021 671 8951

Psychiatrist(s)
Dr R Lacob 021 683 5269

Radiologist(s)
Dr Tuft & Partners 021 683 4567
Morton & Partners 021 671 7080

Reproductive medicine specialists (Cape Fertility Clinic)
Dr K Wiswedel 021 674 2077
Dr P Le Roux 021 674 2088
Dr R Dhansay 021 674 2088
Dr S Heylen 021 674 2088
Dr Tamtam Matebese 021 674 2088

Thoracic surgeon(s)
Prof M de Groot 021 674 6416

Urologist(s)
Dr C Moolman 021 683 1974
Dr L Aldera 021 683 1974
Dr P Govender 021 683 1974
Dr P Nicolle 021 683 1974
Dr T Borchers 021 683 1974

Vascular surgeon(s)
Dr J Tunnicliffe 021 683 3893
Dr M Forlee 021 683 3893
Dr P Matley 021 683 3893



Patient and visitor information

At Life Claremont and Life Kingsbury Hospitals, we take pride in providing you information that you need in order to make your stay with us a pleasant and hassle-free experience.

If there is any further information that you or your family require regarding our hospital and our services, please feel free to contact us.


Accommodation

Accommodation at our hospital is extensive and includes:

  • Day beds
  • Private wards
  • General wards
  • High care units
  • Intensive care units

We also offer TVs in all of our wards. If any patient requires earphones, these can be purchased at reception for a nominal fee.

Private wards are all en-suite, with telephones in each room. An a la carte menu is available.


Admission

Our admission process can be made much easier for you, if the following simple guidelines are followed.

  • Medical aid patients should check with their medical aid / scheme prior to admission to obtain pre-authorisation, if deemed necessary by the medical aid / scheme.
  • Patients have to present their medical aid card and identity document on admission. Persons under the age of 18 have to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • To speed up admission, a pre-admission form is available from the resident doctor`s rooms and the hospital`s reception, and should be either handed through to the hospital`s reception or faxed through to us prior to hospitalisation. Please click here to find our full list of contact details.
  • Also refer to the “Tariffs” and “Discharge” sections below, for more information on prepayment and payment procedures.


Discharge

On leaving, do not forget to collect your medication and x-rays. You will be given a pink discharge card to hand in at the reception desk in the foyer as you leave. When you hand this in, your account will be finalised immediately.


Public Relations Officer (PRO)

Our public relations officer serves as a link between the hospital, patients, doctors and staff. Should you need any assistance please contact the officer at the reception desk of our hospital .If you are from out of town, the PRO and reception desk has a list of accommodation near the hospital for family members.


Service monitoring

In keeping with our goal to continue providing high quality care; we monitor our service to patients on an ongoing basis. Throughout their stay, patients are asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their stay at the hospital. Participation is voluntary, but this will assist the hospital management to address any problems and improve our service to you.

We especially welcome any suggestions our patients may have. If you have any suggestions for us, please send us an e-mail at Fathima.Mahomed@lifehealthcare.co.za.


Tariffs

  • Our hospital charges patients at medical aid / medical scheme rates.
  • A prepayment is required on hospitalisation, from patients not covered by medical aid or a medical scheme.
  • It is recommended that private patients contact the hospital`s accounts department prior to admission to establish the estimated hospital cost.
  • Patients requesting accommodation in private wards will be requested to pay the private ward rate on admission.


Visitor Information

We welcome all of our patients` visitors, as we know what a difference the support of close family and friends can make.

In light of this, we also have to be aware of the rest that all of our patients require and we have thus provided for visitors to visit our hospitals only at certain designated times and these are:

  • 11:00 - 12:00 (designated wards only)
  • 15:00 - 16:00
  • 19:00 - 20:00

Further to this, other rules apply with respect to visitors and these are:

  • Visitors are restricted to three per patient at a time. Children are welcome but they must have an adult supervising them.
  • In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), we only allow two family members per patient.
  • In the High Care wards, two visitors per patient are allowed.