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A way of life

Life Knysna 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 Knysna 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

Hunters Estate Drive
Hunters Home

Postal address

P O Box 3340

Telephone 044 302 5200
Fax 044 384 1272 / 1924
Map Life Knysna Private Hospital


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

Position Name
Hospital Manager Nevil Vlok
Nursing Manager Elize Leonard
Pharmacy Manager Pieter Reynecke
Finance & Administration Manager Zainab Losper
Patient Services Manager Heleen Muller
Maintenance Manager Altus Ferreira
Quality & Safety Support Specialist Margie Nel
Human Resource Manager Hayley Blumears
Markerting and Communications Manager Vacant

Our team

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

The care delivered at Life Knysna 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

Everything we do is focused on delivery of high quality treatment and unique standards of care - whether for routine, more serious or extensive procedures.

Our modern facilities include:

  • 58 beds, 3 theatres
  • A state-of-the-art 10 bed general intensive care unit
  • An 8 bed maternity unit including a dedicated delivery room
  • A 24-hour accident & emergency unit (Doctor on call)
  • A 4 Station Chronic Renal Dialysis Unit
  • A radiology unit including a CT scanner, MRI and mammogram
  • Pathology laboratories
  • Coffee shop
  • A 10 bed frail care unit which also offers post hospitalisation convalescence
  • Plettenberg Bay sessional doctor rooms

Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Dentristy
  • ENT surgery
  • General practice
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Internal medicine
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physician
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Radiology
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Urology

Ancillary services:

  • Ante Natal classes
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychiatry

Supporting doctors

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

Our team of doctors are 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 09:00 and 17:00.

Name Contact number

Dr E Louw 044 384 1083
Dr R De Wet 044 384 1303

Mrs M Ash 044 382 2686
Ms C Pienaar 044 382 0800

Dr A Wiid 044 382 3856
Dr D de Villiers 044 382 1535
Dr E Kok 044 382 2352
Dr J Zonnestein 044 382 1410
Dr Zaayman 044 382 7122

Ear, nose & throat surgeon(s)
Dr Martin Young 044 382 0800

General practitioner(s)
Dr B Maarsingh 044 385 0525
Dr B Stander (Sedgefield) 044 343 1943
Dr CP Barker 044 382 6646
Dr CS Joubert 044 382 6646
Dr D Du Plessis 044 382 6646
Dr D Maree 044 384 1996
Dr D Richman 044 382 7101
Dr G Gous (Plettenberg Bay) 044 533 0400
Dr H Nel (Plettenberg Bay) 044 533 0186
Dr I Torlage (Plettenberg Bay) 044 533 2415
Dr J Janse van Vuuren (Plettenberg Bay) 044 533 0558
Dr J Norval 044 382 7101
Dr J Olivier 044 382 9980
Dr JC Venter (Sedgefield) 044 343 1278
Dr N Greve 044 382 6646
Dr N Janse van Rensburg 044 384 1996
Dr P Berning (Plettenberg Bay) 044 533 0933
Dr R de Wet 044 382 5077
Dr R Lewies 044 385 0034
Dr S De Kock 044 382 6646
Dr S Prinsloo 044 382 9980
Dr V Viljoen 044 384 0097

General surgeon(s)
Dr Chris Greyling 044 384 1857
Dr Francois Bruwer 044 384 1857

Dr Alice Shaw 044 384 0926
Dr Douglas Seton 044 382 7881
Dr Estia Odendaal 044 533 3724

Maxillofacial surgeon(s)
Dr Stan Butz 044 382 1350

Dr Johannes Meyer 044 382 2687

Orthopaedic surgeon(s)
Dr Mike Verrier 044 384 1860
Dr Tim Reardon 044 384 1418

Paediatric endocrinologist(s)
Prof FPR de Villiers 044 384 0422

Dr Hannes Coetser 044 384 0422
Dr Johann Viljoen 044 384 0447

Mrs Niki Joubert 044 382 5433
Mrs Sunette Meyer 044 382 3082
Philo Beukes Physiotherapy Practice 044 384 1938

Plastic surgeon(s)
Dr Matthew Brouckaert 044 382 0800

Dr Grant Trollip 044 384 1717

Patient and visitor information

At the Life Knysna Private hospital, 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 at our hospital is extensive and includes:

  • Day beds
  • Private and Semi-private wards
  • General wards
  • Surgical unit
  • High care units
  • Intensive care units
  • Paediatric ward
  • Maternity ward
  • Frail Care
  • Post hospitalisation convalescence

We also offer a comprehensive DSTV bouquet (Cable TV) in all of our wards. An extra fee may be levied for private ward requests.


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 your doctor`s rooms and the hospital`s reception, and should be either handed to the hospital`s reception or faxed through to us 48 hours prior to hospitalisation if possible (Pre-admission fax number: 044 384 1272).
  • Also refer to the “Tariffs” and “Discharge” sections below, for more information on prepayment and payment procedures. Please click here to find our contact details.
  • Please ensure that all valuables are left at home. If you choose to bring valuables to hospital, we do provide safes in the ward or next to your bedside. Please note that we will not be held liable for any loss incurred for whatever reason.


On leaving, do not forget to collect your medication and x-rays. You will be given a brown 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 – private patients must settle their account immediately while medical aid patients’ accounts will be submitted to the relevant medical aid by the hospital.


The staff and management of the Life Knysna Private Hospital realize that hospitalisation is usually not a planned excursion. We strive, at all times, to make your stay as short, cost effective and pleasant as possible.

Management are available at all times to answer any questions.

Service monitoring

In keeping with our goal to continue providing high quality care; we monitor our service to patients on an ongoing basis. During their stay and 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


  • We are contracted to most medical aids.
  • Private and foreign patients are charged competitive rates to medical aid negotiated rates.
  • A full estimated pre payment is required prior to hospitalisation for patients not covered by a medical scheme.
  • All private accounts have to be settled on discharged unless an arrangement has been made with the Hospital Manager.


Valuables should be handed in to the sister in charge who will record it in a register and lock it away in the ward safe. Please also make sure that spectacles, dentures and bridges are kept in a safe place. The hospital will not be liable for valuables not declared to nursing staff.

Visiting hours

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
  • 15:00 - 16:00
  • 19:00 - 20:00

Visits outside these times will be allowed only with the permission of the Sister in charge.

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

  • Visitors are restricted to two per patient at a time. Children are welcome but they must have an adult supervising them at all times. No children under twelve will be allowed to enter the ICU or Maternity unit.
  • In the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and high care wards, we only allow two visitors per patient.
  • In the maternity unit only and space permitting, fathers are allowed to stay over the first night after the birth of the baby to support the mother.