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A way of life


Life St Dominic`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 Dominic`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

45 St. Marks Road
Southernwood
East London
5201

Postal address

P O Box 11187
Southernwood
5213

Telephone 043 707 9000
Fax 043 722 3250
Email jackie.inglis@lifehealthcare.co.za
Map Life St Dominic’s Hospital


Management

Our management can be contacted through the hospital reception desk or by email.

Position Name
Hospital Manager Laro Fourie
Nursing Manager Renee Janse van Rensburg
Administration Manager Christelle Grebe
Pharmacy Manager Brett Kriel
Nursing Services Manager Debbie Pillay
Patient Services Manager Mignon Scherman
Hospital Human Resources Manager Megan van Deventer
Services Manager Tracy van Helsdingen
Marketing & Communications Officer Ailsa Thorpe
Hospital Engineering Manager Jeff Fry



Our team

At Life St Dominic`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 St Dominic`s Hospital staff participate 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 St Dominic`s Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver.

The care delivered at Life St Dominic`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

At Life St Dominic`s Hospital everything we do is focused on the delivery of high quality treatment and special, unique standards of care - whether for routine, more serious or extensive procedures.

Our facilities include:

  • A 183 bed hospital with 5 theatres
  • A brand new, dedicated cardiac theatre, catheterisation laboratory and 8-bed cardiac intensive care unit with a highly skilled and dedicated multidisciplinary team.
  • A new 8 bed medical intensive care unit and a 10 bed surgical intensive care unit.
  • An oncology centre offering comprehensive cancer management, incorporating chemotherapy and radiotherapy together with an extensive counselling programme.
  • A radiology facility, with a comprehensive range of sophisticated diagnostic equipment. This facility includes a CT scanner, mammography and x-rays.
  • A sophisticated 24-hour trauma and emergency unit.
  • A Life Rehabilitation unit providing acute, cognitive rehabilitation to patients who have been disabled by traumatic brain injury and other disabling conditions thus facilitating optimal possible functional independence.



Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Cardiac surgery
  • Dermatology
  • General surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pathology
  • Radioisotope laboratory
  • Radiology
  • Thoracic surgery

Ancillary Services:

  • Dietetics
  • Pharmacy



Specialist facilities

Overview
Our newly built cardiac centre offers up to date and comprehensive cardiology and cardio-thoracic services in beautiful, upmarket facilities.

The highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team and state-of-the-art technology will continue to ensure that we provide the best possible specialist cardiac service to the Border-Kei region.

Cardiac services

  • Hospital care, including intensive care, following a myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cardiac failure from other causes
  • Angiograms
  • Cardiac catheterisation procedures
  • Coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Implantation of stents
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Echocardiography
  • 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.

Our team of doctors is the best in the region and if you need to contact them, they will be happy to assist you with your queries.

The telephone details of the doctors are listed below and are categorised according to their specialty. They are contactable Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 17:00.

Name Contact number

Anaesthetist(s)
Dr A Hill 043 701 8300
Dr A Toma 043 743 8358
Dr C Boting 043 743 8358
Dr J Barnard 043 701 8300
Dr J Liesching 043 701 8300
Dr J Swanepoel 043 701 8300
Dr JA Evans 043 701 8300
Dr JG Dowie 043 701 8300
Dr K Gernetzky 043 743 8358
Dr N Hartwig 043 743 8358
Dr R Steyn 043 701 8300
Dr R Strauss 043 701 8300
Dr V Wheeler 043 742 4126

Cardio-thoracic surgeon(s)
Dr J Dreyer 043 743 4075

Cardiologist(s)
Dr D Kettles 043 743 2345
Dr G Ignjatovic 043 743 2345
Dr W Lubbe 043 722 5992

General surgeon(s)
Dr CB Schultz 043 743 4567
Dr CJ Mc Cosh 043 743 6888
Dr M Bunting 043 743 4567
Dr M Renene 043 743 7872
Dr N Comley 043 743 4567
Dr W Matshoba 043 743 7872

Oncologist(s)
Dr A Toerien 043 722 1222
Dr J Naude 043 722 1222

Orthopaedic surgeon(s)
Dr AR Kaschula 043 722 3394
Dr C Herbst 043 722 3394
Dr D Bowes 043 722 4700
Dr KA Watt 043 722 4228
Dr N Jansen van Rensburg 043 722 1037
Dr P Louw 043 743 2805
Dr P Sanchez 043 722 0555
Dr W Viviers 043 722 1755

Physician(s)
Dr A Koopowitz 043 743 7582
Dr A Solombela 043 743 7872
Dr K Govender 043 743 7582
Dr L Jamjam 043 743 7872
Dr M Griffiths 043 743 7582
Dr R Mahlunge 043 743 5202
Dr T Brain 043 743 7582

Thoracic surgeon(s)
Dr W Fennell 043 722 8442



Patient and visitor information

At Life St Dominic`s Hospital, we take pride in providing you with information and pre-operative counselling, so that your recuperation is comfortable and hassle-free.

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:

  • Six bed wards
  • Three bed wards
  • Private wards

Private wards are usually equipped with an en suite bathroom, a telephone and TV.


Admission

The following items are required for admission:

  • Current medical aid membership card
  • Identity document
  • Pre-authorisation number, if applicable
  • X-rays, if applicable
  • Medication, if in use
  • Personal clothing and toiletries

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


Discharge

Day patients undergoing surgery under anaesthetic should arrange for transport from hospital - it is illegal to drive for 24 hours following anaesthetic.


Pre-Admission centre

We understand how stressful it is to be booked into hospital for surgery, particularly when you have never been a patient in a hospital before. This is why we have two pre-admission centres to assist you with your admission. The centres streamline the admission process and assist to allay the fears of patients by providing information on the surgery to be performed. Pre-authorisation is also obtained from the medical aids.

The clinics are situated at:

Life St Dominic`s, 45 St Marks Road, Southernwood Telephone 043 707 9000
Life Beacon Bay Hospital, 32 Quenera Drive, Beacon Bay Telephone: 043 711 5100


Tariffs

St Dominic`s charges medical aid / medical scheme rates. Private patients will be required to pay a deposit on admission, and to settle the balance of their accounts on discharge. Patients who are members of certain medical aids may also have to make a co-payment on admission. For more details regarding tariffs and payment, please contact the hospital’s accounts department.


Visiting hours

We welcome all of our patients` visitors, as we know what a difference the support of close family and friends can make to a patients recovery. In light of this we have introduced open visiting times in our hospital.

Our visiting times are:

General Wards:

  • 10:00 - 12:00
  • 14:00 - 20:00

Strictly 2 visitors per patient

Intensive Care Unit (ICU):

  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • 15:00 - 16:00
  • 19:00 - 20:00

Only the immediate family of the patient are permitted to visit whilst the patient is in ICU. A maximum of 2 visitors will be allowed per bed, and no children under the age of 12 years will be permitted in the ICU.