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A way of life

Life Empangeni 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 Empangeni 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.

Contact us

Physical address

Cnr Biyela and Ukula Streets

Postal address

PO Box 2136

Telephone 035 902 8000
Fax 035 792 1240
Map Life Empangeni Private Hospital


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

Position Name
Hospital Manager John Fidler
Nursing Manager Belinda Naude
Administrative Manager Candy Staniland
Pharmacy Manager Teresa Killick
Patient Services Manager Michelle Ras
Safety Co-Ordinator Sindisiwe Ngcobo
Public Relations Officer Zibuyile Mthiyane
Systems controller Margaret Steenkamp

Our team

At Life Empangeni 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 Empangeni Private 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 Life Empangeni Private Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver.

The care delivered at Life Empangeni 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 Empangeni Private Hospital everything we do is focused on the delivery of high quality treatment and unique standards of care - whether for routine or more serious procedures.

Our facilities include:

  • A 174 bed hospital with 5 theatres
  • Our theatres are fully equipped, and intricate orthopaedic surgery such as knee and hip replacements are performed in our state-of-the-art laminar flow theatre
  • A 13 bed intensive care/high care unit and a 5 bed neonatal ICU
  • 24 hour accident and emergency unit equipped to deal with major and minor medical emergencies
  • A radiology unit including CT scanner, mammography and x-rays

Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Dentistry
  • ENT surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Internal medicine
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Urology

Ancillary services:

  • Audiology
  • Ambulance service
  • Dietetics
  • Occupational Health
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy

Supporting doctors

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

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

The telephone details of the doctors have been listed below and the doctors have been categorized in accordance to their specialty. They are contactable Monday to Friday, between 09h00 and 17h00.

Name Contact number

Dr D Whittal 082 297 0799
Dr F de Kock 035 780 6151
Dr F Wever 035 902 8089
Dr MJ Madisakwane 035 902 8089
Dr P van der Walt 035 789 7287
Dr SNH Taqvi 035 772 2748

Dr D Landman 035 772 3920
Dr JV Sibeko 035 772 4981
Dr K Makan 035 902 8076
Dr P Fahn 035 772 3731
Dr PD Swan 035 772 7231
Dr RL Pretorius 035 772 3731

Ear, nose & throat surgeon(s)
Dr G Charlton 035 792 5569

General practitioner(s)
Dr AH Naudé 035 772 6635
Dr D van der Walt 035 902 8110
Dr F Wever 035 902 8089
Dr I Pillay 035 787 0602
Dr O Adetiba 035 772 3283
Dr W Gelderblom 035 902 8115

General surgeon(s)
Dr CS Buss 035 772 3335
Dr R Kalyan 035 902 8088

Dr SC Coka 035 772 3200

Obstetricians & gynaecologist(s)
Dr J Moodley 035 902 8152
Dr RK Misra 035 902 8010
Dr SJ Kunene 035 772 4848
Dr T Mtambo 035 902 8095

Ophthalmic surgeon(s)
Dr J de Lange 035 902 8097

Orthopaedic surgeon(s)
Dr C Gathiram 035 772 2653
Dr SK Ragoo 035 902 8076

Dr TL Usaiwevhu 035 772 1522

Ampath Laboratories 035 901 7600
Lancet Laboratories 035 792 2580

Dr FI Hashmi 035 772 4798
Dr S Nkwanyana 035 772 5405

Mr S Mazibuko 082 366 3594
Ms S Harding 035 772 1044

Dr B Latecki 035 792 2810
Dr LB Soga 035 792 3491
Dr SX Molefe 035 772 7253

Dr CI Stoyanov 035 772 6839

Dr L Fourie 035 792 6376

Patient and visitor information

At Life Empangeni Private Hospital, we take pride in providing you with 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 at our hospital is extensive and includes:

  • Day beds
  • Private wards
  • General wards
  • High care units
  • ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Maternity wards
  • Paediatric 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, with telephones in each room. An a-la-carte menu is available.


The following items are required for admission:

  • Current medical aid card
  • ID book
  • Pre-authorisation number, if applicable
  • X-rays, if applicable

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

Mothers or fathers whose children are admitted as patients are welcome to stay at their bedside at all times.


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

All private patients (i.e. patients not covered by medical aid) will be expected to settle their accounts in full on discharge.

More information

A brochure about the facilities and services offered at Life Empangeni Private Hospital is available on request. Please contact reception on 035 902 8000.

Pre-admission Clinic

The aim of pre-admission is to make the admission process on the actual day of admission to hospital a little faster and easier for our patients and their families. It provides an opportunity for the nursing sister to identify issues both from a health, administrative and logistical point of view, which otherwise may delay your admission, and also to ensure that you are fully prepared for your admission to hospital.

Bring your ID document and medical aid card with you; we will need a copy of both. For Maternity patients, we need copies of the ID`s of both parents.

If your Medical aid requires a preauthorisation number, please bring this with you too.

For further information, please contact M du Toit on tel: 035 902 8113

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 in hospital.

Participation is voluntary, but it does assist management in addressing any problems and improving our service. We especially welcome any suggestions you may have.


Life Empangeni Private Hospital charges medical aid tariffs, i.e. contracted in fees. Patients requesting a private room will be required to pay a surcharge. A deposit will be required from private patients on admission - private patients can contact our accounts department for more information.

Visiting hours

General wards:

  • 10h00 to 11h00; 15h00 to 16h00 and 19h00 to 20h00
  • Maximum of two visitors per patient at a time.

Maternity unit:

  • Fathers: 08h00 to 20h00
  • Grandparents and siblings: 15h00 to 16h00
  • Maximum of two visitors per patient at a time.

Paediatric ward:

  • Parents: any time up to 20h00
  • Grandparents and siblings: 15h00 to 16h00
  • Maximum of two visitors per patient at a time.

ICU and high care ward:

  • 11h00 to 11h30, 15h00 to 16:00 and 19h00 to 20h00
  • Only family are allowed to visit. Maximum of two visitors per patient at a time.
  • No children are allowed.

Neonatal ICU:

  • Parents may visit at any time.