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The Right Choice for Psychiatric Care, Addiction Treatment and Acute Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation

Life Riverfield Lodge is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa.

Life Riverfield Lodge is designed to meet the needs for a short term in-patient Mental Health Programme, including Addictive Disorders, as well as a holistic Acute Rehabilitation Programme for people with neurological, spinal and other disabling injuries.

Life Riverfield Lodge is situated in the Fourways area, in a tranquil, peaceful setting on the banks of the Jukskei River. At our hospital, the well-being of our patients is of the utmost importance to both management and staff.

Our main purpose is to provide quality, holistic, integrated multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, thereby enabling patients to optimize their quality of life.

This we strive to achieve through professional and ethical management, quality nursing care, modern and well-maintained facilities, and a close working relationship with the specialists and general practitioners who place their patients in our care as well as with healthcare professionals who render support services.

The monitoring of our patients’ views on all aspects of our service keeps us up to date with their needs and enables us to provide them with the best possible service at all times.

Contact us

Physical address

34 Southernwoods Road

Postal address

PO Box 67372

Telephone 086 074 8373
Fax 086 674 1989
Map Life Riverfield Lodge


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

Position Name
Hospital Manager Judy van Zyl
Nurse Manager Ronald Masuku
Finance and Administration Manager Reinart Claassen
Pharmacy Manager Efua Masanganise
Marketing Manager
Unit Manager Nursing (Mental Health Unit) Linda Elsey
Unit Manager Nursing (Acute Rehabilitation) Veronica Lolwana
Unit Manager Therapy (Acute Rehabilitation) Ida Geldenhuys
QSSS / IP Christelle Maree
Hospital Secretary Daleen Haasbroek

Our team

Our facilities

Please look at our lists below to find the various facilities and services that we at Life Riverfield Lodge offer.

At our Lodge we have a total of 66 beds with an additional 21 beds underway and 1 procedure room for electro-convulsive therapy.


  • Life Rehabilitation
    • Spinal Rehabilitation
    • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health
    • Substance Rehabilitation
    • General Psychiatric Disorders

Specialised Care Facilities

  • Acute Physical and Cognitive Rehabilitation Unit
    • Two areas dedicated for physical therapy
    • Six beds for high level Rehabilitation Nursing
    • Lounge and visitors’ areas
    • 41 bed Unit : semi-private wards (with TV) with en-suite bathrooms
  • Mental Health Unit
    • Electro-convulsive therapy facility
    • Observation Room
    • Semi-private wards with en-suite bathrooms
    • Occupational Therapy facility
    • Group therapy rooms
    • Two Lounge and recreation facilities with TV
    • Dining room with catering

Other Facilities

  • Consulting rooms
  • Conference facility
  • Tuckshop - Coffee shop has no card facility
  • Visitors` parking
  • 24 hour security

Specialist facilities

Acute, Physical And Cognitive Rehabilitation
The Life Rehabilitation Unit provides an acute, outcomes-driven physical and cognitive rehabilitation service for patients disabled by :

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Medically complex debilitating conditions

Our main purpose is to provide quality, holistic, integrated multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, thereby enabling patients maximal functional independence.

The patient and family are the centre of the rehabilitation team which consists of :

  • Rehabilitation admission consultants
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Counselling social workers
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Rehabilitation doctors
  • Consulting Neuro-psychiatrist

The rehabilitation programme begins with an admission assessment, after which the Rehabilitation admissions consultant discusses the patients rehabilitation potential and provides feedback to the specialist and medical aid to ensure funding is authorized. The admission assessment is ideally done as soon as possible after the disabling incident, while the patient is in the Intensive Care or High Care Unit. Once stabilized, the patient is transferred to the unit. Our rehabilitation doctor is able to manage most medical problems concurrently, without delay or disturbance to the rehabilitation programme.

The rehabilitation team meets on a weekly or twice-weekly basis to evaluate outcomes gained, formulate new goals and discuss any difficulties with patient progress. This information is then communicated to the specialist, general practitioner and medical aid. The programme consists of a detailed admission evaluation followed by daily intensive, protocol and outcome driven functional rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation nurses are trained to carry over the gains made during therapy and liaise closely with therapists to ensure a consistent approach to facilitating patients` functional independence.

Many disabling injuries and illnesses are lasting. When an individual is disabled there is a significant impact on the entire family unit. Considerable emphasis is thus placed on the education of patients and their families to improve their coping skills. Educated, empowered patients and families gain improved knowledge, understanding and insight into their condition facilitating long term self-management.

Patient progress is carefully monitored and measured by the team, using a variety of clinical outcomes and internationally researched outcomes measuring systems called the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Functional Assessment Measure (FAM).

This measures 18 areas of function including self-care, bladder and bowel function, mobility, communication and cognitive function. Patient progress is evaluated informally on a daily basis and the therapy programme is adjusted accordingly. Progress is then formally evaluated using various measures, including the FIM and FAM, on a weekly basis. Many patients with various other diagnoses and injuries which resulted in losing their independence have achieved great benefit from our rehabilitation programme.

We also provide an outpatient assessment and treatment service for patients who no longer require hospitalization.

Mental Health Programme

Addiction Treatment
This centre is dedicated to provide effective treatment to individuals, and their families, whose functioning in any life sphere has become impaired as a result of their abuse or dependency of psycho-active substances or any other addiction.

Our programme is a 14 day intervention aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction through detoxifying the client whilst implementing an intensive cognitive therapy group programme.

Programme Objectives

  • Primary Objectives
    • To interrupt the cycle of substance use and abuse and to foster maintenance of sobriety.
    • To enhance the individuals` ability to function in a non-destructive and stable fashion, without being an undue burden to themselves or society. This includes supporting oneself, meeting personal responsibilities and staying out of trouble.
    • To enable the individual to work and move towards meaningful goals - including stable, satisfying social relationships, and self-fulfilment through work, school, hobbies, social and recreational interests, etc.
    • To facilitate a sense of purpose and meaning.
    • To improve the integration between the individual and his environment.
    • To enable the individual to establish more appropriate and constructive social relationships and contacts.
    • To create a sense of responsibility, as well as a moral and ethical sense.
    • To recognize and uphold the basic rights, needs and values of other persons

  • Secondary Objectives
    • To foster personal growth.
    • To improve the physical, psychological and social functioning of the individual who has become impaired through the long-term abuse of chemical substances.
    • To provide support, guidance and education to the family and significant others.
    • To provide aftercare programmes, and to facilitate readjustment to and reintegration in the community.
    • To promote the following principles : That substance dependence is a public health and social problem, and therefor a public responsibility ; that substance dependence can and should be helped.

Treatment Programme
The programme consists of group-, occupational- and individual therapy as well as medical treatment. All components of the programme focus on the improvement of the patients` physical functioning, self-esteem, self-image, interpersonal relationships, positive family interaction and vocational productivity. The patient will also be assisted to develop realistic life goals and a healthy lifestyle in the absence of a substance or other addictive behaviour.

The programme is divided into two modules which run over two weeks.

Psychiatric Programme
This programme is dedicated to provide the best treatment possible to facilitate the healing process for people suffering from psychiatric conditions. This is a 14-day programme based on cognitive-behavioural principles.

Programme Objectives
The primary objective is to mobilize internal and external resources in the promotion, restoration and maintenance of mental health thereby helping the patient to reach an optimal level of functioning as a whole person.

  • To relief the symptoms of a diagnosed mental illness
  • To address the cause of the problem
  • To empower the person to deal with the course and disabling effects of his/her problem
  • To address certain experiences in a persons` life which may precipitate the development of a psychiatric disorder
  • Spiritual problems, insecurities
  • Serious/chronic physical illness
  • Past experiences, e.g. exposure to trauma, violence, crime, abuse and inconsistent parenting
  • Family conflict
  • Repeated losses
  • Relationship problems e.g. victimization, divorce
  • Psycho-social problems
  • Lack of appropriate social skills e.g. conflict management
  • An unhealthy lifestyle
  • Biochemical changes e.g. monoamines, in particular serotonin and nor-adrenaline play an important role in the etiology of depression
  • Nutritional, metabolic and neurological disorders

Treatment Programme

  • Admission Phase
    Admission to the psychiatric unit is the first step of treatment. Indicators for psychiatric hospitalization are : the need for a diagnostic procedure, the risk of homicide or suicide, a history of rapidly progressing symptoms and the rupture of a patients` usual support systems - when a person cannot comply with the demands of daily life anymore, due to a diagnosed psychiatric condition.

  • Therapeutic Programme
    The programme consists of different recognised treatment outputs provided by different healthcare professionals. Principles of good clinical practice are followed to ensure legal and ethical liability. Different therapeutic frameworks may be utilized e.g. cognitive, post modern, occupational, narrative, psycho-analytical etc.

    The following critical elements are included to ensure a scientific and successful programme:

    • Milieu Therapy
    • Individual assessment
    • Individual, group and family therapy
    • 24-hour specialised nursing care
    • Electro-convulsive therapy (if indicated)
    • Out-patient programmes
    • Treatment of concomitant medical and psychiatric conditions
    • Occupational therapy
    • Aftercare programmes

    The multi-disciplinary structure consists of :

    • Consulting psychiatrists
    • General Practitioner specializing in Addictive Disorders
    • Occupational therapist
    • Psychologists
    • Psychiatric nursing staff

Supporting doctors

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

Name Contact number

General practitioner(s)
Dr Nthabiseng Legoete 071 194 4129

Dr Leverne Mountany 086 074 8373 / 083 397 0247
Dr Naim Moola 086 074 8373 / 083 397 0247
Dr Zubeida Mahomedy 086 074 8373 / 083 397 0247

Rehabilitation doctor(s)
Dr Allimia Mohamed 086 074 8373

Patient and visitor information


  • Admission to Riverfield Lodge is 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
  • Medical aid / medical scheme rates apply
  • On admission please bring:
    1. About five changes of casual clothing
    2. Personal toiletries
    3. Pyjamas; dressing gown and slippers
    4. Comfortable walking shoes
    5. Small radio (earphones are recommended)
    6. Reading matter