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A way of life


Life St George’s Hospital is a member 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 St George’s Hospital 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 one of the top hospitals in the country.



Contact us


Physical address

40 Park Drive
Port Elizabeth
6001

Postal address

P O Box 12051
Centrahil
6006

Telephone 041 392 6111
Fax 041 392 6000
Email Natalie.Henman@lifehealthcare.co.za
Map Life St George’s Hospital


Management

Our management can be contacted through our hospital`s reception desk or through e-mail.

Position Name
Hospital Manager Andre Bothma
Nursing Manager Marise Janse van Vuuren
Administration Manager Malherbe Botha
Patient Services Manager Karen Gerber
Pharmacy Manager Loletta Stander
Quality & Safety Support Specialist Lindah Madinda
HR Manager Zandile Siyata
Services Manager Julia Frost
Maintenance Manager Rudy Delport
Marketing Co-ordinator and PRO Natalie Henman



Our team

At Life St George’s Hospital 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 St George’s Hospital staff participate in on-going 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 St George’s Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver.

The care delivered at Life St George’s Hospital 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

Our modern, sophisticated facilities include:

  • 274 beds and 15 theatres
  • A 15 bed general intensive care unit
  • An 11 bed high care unit
  • A 5 bed cardio thoracic intensive care unit
  • A 10 bed coronary care unit
  • A cardiac catheterisation laboratory
  • A 32 bed maternity unit with well-appointed wards and secure facilities. This unit is ably supported by our on-site Little Life clinic
  • A 6 bed neonatal intensive care unit complete with state of the art monitoring and life support equipment, providing the best possible environment for our smallest patients
  • A 9 bed neonatal high care unit
  • A women’s wellness and fertility centre
  • An oncology unit with hemotherapy and a linear accelerator
  • A stomaltherapy clinic
  • A wound clinic
  • A Pre-Admission Clinic situated on the 1st floor of the Medical Suites
  • A Retail Pharmacy situated on the Trauma Unit side of the hospital and is open Monday – Friday 09:00 – 18:00
  • A 24-hour trauma and emergency unit. This level one unit has a dedicated helicopter landing pad
  • A radiology facility, with a comprehensive range of sophisticated diagnostic equipment including a MRI scanner and mammography



Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Anaesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Cardio thoracic surgery
  • Dentistry
  • ENT surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gastroenterological surgery
  • General Practice
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Internal medicine
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuro-vascular surgery
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonology
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Radioisotope laboratory
  • Rheumatology
  • Radiology including mammography and MRI
  • Urology including lithotripsy
  • Vascular surgery

Ancillary services:

  • Antenatal and postnatal clinic
  • Audiology
  • Breastfeeding clinic
  • Dietetics
  • Lithotripsy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy



Specialist facilities

Maternity
We at Life St George`s Hospital believe that only the best is good enough for mother and baby. That`s why we`ll walk that extra mile to smooth your transition into motherhood and make birth a memorable experience. Fathers are not forgotten and we encourage them to share in the birth process.

We trust that the information on this site will provide answers to questions you may have regarding your confinement and hospital stay

Our modern maternity wing has private, semi-private and eight-bed postnatal wards where your baby may room-in with you. Premature and full-term babies who need specialised treatment are cared for in our state-of-the-art nursery and neonatal high care unit, or in neonatal intensive care unit.

Specialised Maternity Care Units

  • Neonatal ICU
  • Maternity Department

Maternity Unit
Before you are admitted:

  • Book your hospital bed when you are 26 – 28 weeks pregnant.
  • You are encouraged to visit the Life Pre-Admission Centre four to six weeks before your due date in order to complete the necessary hospitalisation documentation.
  • Get an authorisation number from your Medical Aid when you are 32 weeks pregnant.
In the labour ward:
  • You are welcome to provide your own CDs. We provide CD players in our Labour Ward rooms.
  • A t-shirt or any clothing you feel comfortable in is welcome in the labour ward.
  • A birthing plan is welcome. Please ensure that you discuss your birth plan with your doctor beforehand and your midwife on admission in Labour Ward.
  • Pain relief options are available.
  • Skin to skin
  • Birthing balls are provided
  • A birthing bath is available in the unit. If can be used for pain relief. If you would like to have a water birth you need to discuss it with your obstetrician
  • A Doula is welcome in the labour ward.

General Information

  • Visiting hours
    Partner and own siblings are allowed throughout the day, except between 12h00 and 15h00

    12h00 – 15h00: rest period for mom and baby
    15h00 - 16h30
    19h00 - 20h00

    3 visitors per patient, no children under 16 years (unless own children)

    We are willing to accommodate special visiting requests, within reason.

  • Identification of your baby: An identification protocol must be signed on admission and will be re-emphasised by staff in the ward.
  • Circumcision: Performed on request (by a specified doctor)
    Please note that Medical Aids do not cover circumcision costs.
  • Baby Registration: It is a legal requirement to register your baby with the Department of Home Affairs and your Medical Aid. Proof of Birth will be issued and signed for. A company offering a baby registration service is also available in the ward
  • Clinic Card: You will be issued with a "Road to Health" card on discharge. Please keep this card in a safe place as we cannot issue duplicates or additional cards
  • Feeding - Breast or Bottle? The decision is entirely up to you as the baby`s mother. The ultimate aim is to have a happy mother and a happy baby. We are here to help you to make an informed choice.
  • Well-baby Nursery; A well-baby nursery is available at all times. Please note that at no time may your baby be left unattended.
  • At Life St George’s Hospital we practice a rooming in policy, whereby the baby spends most of, if not all of their time with you in the ward.

Maternity Support Services

  • Breastfeeding support
  • Postnatal depression support group
  • Pre-delivery chats and tour of the units
  • Open days
  • Immunization clinic on premises and information available
  • Child Birth Education classes on premises as well as a number of educators in town

Cardiac
At the Life St George’s Hospital Cardiac Centre we focus on all aspects of cardiology and cardio-thoracic surgery from prevention and diagnosis, to treatment and rehabilitation of cardiac patients.

Following the introduction of world-class facilities, our Cardiac Centre is helping many patients to improve the quality of their lives through the early diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of cardiac conditions.

Our dedicated, multi-disciplinary team and state-of-the-art technology will ensure that we provide the best possible specialist cardiac service to the Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas.

All our cardiac facilities ensure that our patients, young and old, receive only the best quality nursing care and treatment.

Our cardiac facilities

  • A 24 hour level 1 emergency unit, complete with helicopter landing pad, is dedicated to handling any form of cardiac, medical, surgical and trauma emergency
  • We are fully supported by leading specialists and highly trained personnel within the hospital, which puts us in an excellent position to offer top class emergency cardiac treatment
  • A core team of highly trained nursing staff is available around the clock to assist our cardiologists with emergency diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures
  • A high-tech cardiac catheterization laboratory equipped with state of the art x-ray and monitoring facilities
  • A 10 bed coronary cardiac unit (CCU) accommodating patients who have undergone cardiac procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory and other acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarcts
  • A dedicated cardio-thoracic theatre including state of the art equipment
  • A 5 bed cardio-thoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) dedicated to promoting a speedy recovery for patients following major cardiac related surgery
  • A cardiac rehab centre where our patients receive post surgery assessments and comprehensive programmes to assist them with their recovery

Other facilities complementing our cardiac facilities:

  • Radiology unit including CT scanner
  • Support services and facilities
  • Health awareness programmes
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Patient and family counselling
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Support Groups

At Life St George’s Hospital, the following are available:

  • Angiograms
  • Cardiac catheterisation procedures
  • Coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Implantation of coronary stents
  • Carotid and renal artery stents
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Implantation of artificial heart valves
  • Implantation of pacemakers



Supporting doctors

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

Name Contact number

Audiologist(s)
Ms M Naude 041 374 4238

Biokineticist(s)
Mr JJ van der Westhuizen 072 694 9120

Cardiologist(s)
Dr J du Toit 041 363 4589
Dr J Potts 041 363 7882
Dr M Dean 041 363 7848
Dr R Maharaj 041 363 3944
Dr S Spilkin 041 363 6120

Colorectal Surgeon(s)
Dr E Coetzee 041 392 6283

Dietician(s)
Ms R Smalberger 041 374 2256

Ear, nose & throat surgeon(s)
Dr F Retief 041 374 4238
Dr J Nel 041 363 1555
Dr JH Black 041 374 1557

Fertility specialist(s)
Dr DJ Botha 041 363 2591

Gastroenterologist(s)
Dr J Garisch 041 392 6242

General practitioner(s)
Dr A Koushis 041 373 4491
Dr P Laubscher 041 373 4491

General surgeon(s)
Dr DG Steenkamp 041 374 1430
Dr R Botha 041 373 3361

Gynaecologist(s)
Dr A Ferreira 041 373 1320
Dr CJ Ferreira 041 373 4470
Dr CL Grieve 041 374 1134
Dr D Truter 041 373 6973
Dr DJ Botha 041 363 2591
Dr L Owen 041 373 9809
Dr M van Heerden 041 373 1136
Dr N Andrews 041 373 9809

Neurosurgeon(s)
Dr AJ Morkel 041 363 1200
Dr GP Greeff 041 373 2233

Oncologist(s)
Dr J Crockett 041 373 6533
Dr JR Malan 041 373 6533
Dr KI Maart 041 373 6533
Dr L Dupper 041 373 6533
Dr LA Jones 041 373 6533

Ophthalmic surgeon(s)
Dr SP Grobler 041 373 8800
Dr V Gardiner 041 363 3840
Dr W Smith 041 373 4910

Orthopaedic surgeon(s)
Dr B Perry 041 373 9880
Dr C Audley 041 363 6900
Dr KP Swart 041 374 1266
Dr P Polderman 041 373 3909
Dr TC Botha 041 373 6114

Paediatric surgeon(s)
Dr R Wood 041 363 2024
Prof R Brown 041 363 2024

Paediatrician(s)
Dr A Dippenaar 041 363 5111
Dr AJ Beukes 041 374 3586
Dr DG Purchase 041 374 3586
Dr G Boden 041 363 3900
Dr JT Wickens 041 363 1077
Dr PE Gebers 041 363 3900
Dr W Jones 041 363 3133

Pathologist(s)
Ampath 041 391 6193
Pathcare 041 391 5700

Physician(s)
Dr GT Musson 041 373 4017
Dr M Langenhoven 041 390 7000
Dr PT Pohl 041 374 4442

Physiotherapist(s)
L Ferreira 041 374 7001

Plastic surgeon(s)
Dr C van der Walt 041 373 2261
Dr E van Tonder 041 392 6212

Pulmonologist(s)
Dr D Stickells 041 374 3734
Dr L Krige 041 363 3504

Radiologist(s)
Dr Visser, Erasmus, Vawda & Partners 041 373 3553

Urologist(s)
Dr E Bonnet 041 363 5011
Dr J Coetzee 041 363 0551
Dr J Enslin 041 374 5203
Dr JH Brummer 041 363 1134

Vascular surgeon(s)
Dr R Botha 041 373 3361



Patient and visitor information

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:

  • Suite - own bathroom, TV with remote control
  • Private ward - own shower facilities
  • Semi-private ward - two beds sharing shower
  • General ward - eight beds sharing bathroom facilities

Telephones are available at a nominal rental and all calls at Telkom rates.

Meals are ordered from a menu. Special diets, e.g. diabetic, Halaal, vegetarian are provided.


Admission

The following items are required for admission:

  • Current medical aid membership card
  • Identity document - patient and main member of the medical aid
  • Pre-authorisation number, if applicable
  • X-rays, scans and sonar, if applicable
  • Current Medication, in original packaging
  • Personal clothing, toiletries and non-slip slippers or shoes

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all patients under 18 years.

We have a Pre Admissions Clinic on site to assist with all your requirements before being admitted into our hospital. They are centrally situated on the first floor of the Medical Suites.
Office hours: 07:30 - 16:30


Discharge

  • Private patients should settle their accounts in full (i.e. the balance of the account if the final account exceeds the deposit) on discharge.
  • Day patients undergoing surgery under anaesthetic should arrange for transport from hospital - it is not advisable to drive for 24 hours following anaesthetic.


Service monitoring

In striving to ensure that we provide quality care, we monitor our service to patients on an ongoing basis. On discharge patients are asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their stay in hospital. Participation is voluntary, but it does assist management in addressing any problems and improving our service to you.

We especially welcome any suggestions our patients may have. If you have any suggestions for us, please contact us on email address - Natalie.Henman@lifehealthcare.co.za


Tariffs

St George’s Hospital charges medical aid tariffs, i.e. contracted in fees. There is a special fee for private rooms and suites.

Private patients are requested to pay a deposit equal to a percentage of the average cost of the specific procedure prior to admission, and the balance on discharge. Accounts for medical aid patients are sent directly to the medical aid.


Visiting hours

General Wards

  • No morning visitors are permitted in the mornings due to doctor rounds and nursing procedures
  • 14h30 to 16h30
  • 19h00 to 20h00
  • We kindly request a maximum of three visitors at a time per bed
  • Visiting outside of visiting hours at the discretion of the Unit Manager

Intensive Care and High Care Units

  • 15h00 to 16h30, 19h00 to 20h00 or at Unit Manager’s discretion.
  • Maximum of 2 visitors per patient.
  • Children are not permitted in these units due to infection control.

Coronary Care Unit

  • 15h00 to 16h00
  • 19h00 to 20h00
  • Children are not permitted due to infection control

Post Natal Unit

  • Fathers and siblings are welcome in the morning.
  • 12h00 to 15h00 are resting hours for patients.
  • 15h00 to 16h30, 19h00 to 20h00 for all other visitors.
  • No children other than siblings allowed

Paediatric Ward

  • 15h00 to 16h00
  • 19h00 to 20h00
  • No other children allowed
  • Parents and grandparents only

Please note that there is no visiting from 12h00 to 15h00 as this is a time when our patients rest.