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A way of life

Life East London Private 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 East London Private 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

32 Albany Street
East London

Postal address

P O Box 1585
East London

Telephone 043 702 3800
Map Life East London Private Hospital


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

Position Name
Hospital Manager Reshma Vanmali
Nursing Manager Anneke Appelgryn
Finance and Administration Manager Sabelo Nongauza
Pharmacy Manager Chantelle Sharp
Patient Services Manager Berilyne Jewell
Quality Manager Talitha le Roux
Regional Marketing & Communications Manager Ailsa Thorpe

Our team

At Life East London Private 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 East London Private Hospital 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 East London Private Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver. The care delivered at East London Private 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 East London Private 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 100 bed hospital
  • A radiology facility, with a comprehensive range of sophisticated diagnostic equipment. This facility includes a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner
  • A 16 bed renal dialysis unit
  • A 7 bed intensive care unit

Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Internal Medicine

Ancillary services:

  • Dietetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy

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 any of them, they will be happy to assist you with your queries.

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

Name Contact number

Dr A Koopowitz 043 743 7582
Dr A Solombela 043 743 7872
Dr F Mgwedli 043 722 3933
Dr K Govender 043 743 7582
Dr K Shweni 043 743 7582
Dr L Jamjam 043 743 7872
Dr L Mbalekwa 043 742 0614
Dr M Griffiths 043 743 1686
Dr M Webb 043 743 7582
Dr T Brain 043 743 7582
Dr T van Heerden 043 743 7582

Patient and visitor information

At Life East London Private Hospital, we take pride in providing you with information and pre-operative counselling, so that your recuperation with us is pleasant 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 at our hospital includes:

  • Day beds
  • Private wards
  • General wards

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.


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 must 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 contact details.
  • Also refer to the “Tariffs” and “Discharge” sections below, for more information on prepayment and payment procedures.


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.

Service monitoring

In keeping with our goal to continue providing high quality care; we monitor our service to patients on an ongoing basis. On discharge 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


  • 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.

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:

  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • 14:00 - 20:00

A maximum of 2 visitors will be allowed per patient at all times.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU):

  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • 14:00 - 15:00
  • 19:15 - 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.