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A way of life

As a member of Life Healthcare, Life Orthopaedic Hospital is a dedicated super-specialised orthopaedic hospital providing quality care for orthopaedic patients. It incorporates the experience of super-specialist orthopaedic surgeons and allied professionals with a team approach to the management of orthopaedic conditions.

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 as part of the Life Healthcare group we subscribe to its unique core values, while individually striving to continually improve facilities, standards and technology.

At Life Orthopaedic 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. We also have the continued involvement of the Pallottine Sisters who are available to provide spiritual counselling. This helps us to maintain our position as one of the top hospitals in the country.

Contact us

Physical address Alexandra Road
Cape Town
Postal address P O Box 103
Howard Place
Telephone 021 506 5111
Fax 021 531 0116
Map Life Orthopaedic Hospital


Position Name
Hospital manager Annette Olls
Financial & administration manager Mike Gibbs
Human Resources Manager Balise Katiya
Nursing Manager Reneé Janse van Rensburg
Pharmacy Manager Juanita Schrieff
Quality Manager Elizabeth Haw
Services Manager Veronica Laubscher
Marketing & Communications (VP Hospital) Vaughanine Johnson
Marketing & Communications (Specialised Units) Regan Beukes
Nursing Standards Manager Karen Shaw
Patient Services Manager Morné Gerber

Our team

Our facilities

The state of the art theatre complex is equipped with the latest technology for all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. Dedicated teams of surgical nursing staff ensure efficiency, continuity and a high standard of care in theatre.

High care
The high care unit situated adjacent to the theatre complex allows for individual monitoring of post-operative patients following more major procedures. Patients with major medical conditions are individually cared for by the highly trained nursing staff and doctors are close on hand to deal with any emergencies.

The 36-bed ward is geared for orthopaedic patients and the orthopaedically trained nursing staff provides high quality of care. Protocols for management of each orthopaedic specialty ensure that staff is well versed in the requirements of all post-operative patients. A physiotherapy suite conveniently situated within the ward allows easy access for post-operative mobilisation of patients.

Life Support Unit
Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital possesses a Life Support Unit – a free medical emergency response service to Pinelands, the Southern Suburbs, Cape Town CBD and surrounding communities. This service comprises a dedicated response vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, staffed by advanced life support trained paramedics, who are able to respond to medical emergencies 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. All a resident has to do is call 0860 532 532 and a paramedic will be dispatched to attend to the situation.

It is to be noted that International SOS receives all calls and should the paramedic already be attending another incident, another service provider will be dispatched to attend the situation.

The fully digitalised radiology suite allows a quicker service to patients and X-rays are sent directly via intranet to the surgeons’ rooms. An open MRI will be installed in the near future, allowing for high quality scans at lower cost. The open scanner does not have the enclosed tunnel and is therefore more suitable for claustrophobic patients.

Coffee bar and lounge
A coffee bar and lounge provide light meals and an area for patients and their visitors to relax.

Orthotics shop
The orthotics shop located opposite reception in the main foyer is stocked with all the appliances required for orthopaedic patients, and is manned by qualified orthotists.

The surgeons are all super-specialised and only practice in their specific field of orthopaedic surgery. Most are associated with the University of Cape Town’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Groote Schuur and are involved in teaching and research. Different surgical units include hip and knee arthroplasty, knee and sports injuries, foot, ankle and paediatric orthopaedics, shoulder and elbow, hand and upper limb, spinal, tumour and reconstructive surgery, and trauma orthopaedics.

Conference facilities
An elegant conference facility provides an ideal setting for clinical meetings and is linked to the theatre complex, enabling video conferencing for post-graduate teaching.

Associated units
The hospital is linked to the Orthopaedic Sports Clinic at the Sports Science Institute.

Supporting doctors

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

Our team of doctors is among the best in the region. If you need to contact any of our doctors, they will be happy to assist you.

The telephone details of the doctors have been listed below. They are contactable from Monday to Friday, between 09h00 and 17h00.

Name Contact number

Orthopaedic surgeon(s)
Dr B Dower (Hip and knee Arthroplasty) 021 506 5650
Dr C Hastings (Foot, ankle and paediatrics) 021 506 5600
Dr G Grobler (Hip and knee Arthroplasty) 021 506 5610
Dr H Hobbs (Knee and sports injuries) 021 506 5621
Dr JP du Plessis (Shoulder and elbow) 021 506 5580
Dr K Hosking (Bone tumour and reconstructive) 021 506 5630
Dr M Nortje (Hip and knee Specialist) 021 506 5650
Dr P Ehlers (Bone tumour and reconstructive) 021 506 5630
Dr P Makan (Spinal) 021 506 5590
Dr P Polley (Spinal) 021 506 5590
Dr S Carter (Hand and upper limb) 021 506 5670
Dr S Dix-Peek (Foot, ankle and paediatrics) 021 506 5580
Dr S Roche (Shoulder and elbow) 021 506 5570
Prof. B Bernstein (Trauma) 021 506 5555
Prof. B Vrettos (Shoulder and elbow) 021 506 5580
Prof. M Solomons (Hand and upper limb) 021 506 5670
Prof. S Maqungo (Trauma) 021 506 5555

A Africa 021 531 7232
E Wakefield 021 506 5385
M Labuschagne 021 531 7232
M Wilkinson 021 531 7922
N Hendricks 021 506 5540
Rob & Kim Sims 021 531 5395

Dr Morton & Partners 021 506 4260

Trauma unit
ER Consulting 021 506 4000

Patient and visitor information

At Life Orthopaedic Hospital, we take pride in providing you with information that you will 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 in our hospital is extensive and includes:

  • Private rooms with en suite bathroom
  • Semi-private rooms
  • General four bed wards

Patients select meals from a menu, and special dietary needs are catered for.


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.


Day patients undergoing surgery under anaesthetic should arrange for transport from the hospital. It is not advisable to drive for 24 hours following an anaesthetic.

GPS Coordinates

18,485466 (longitude): 33.927783 (latitude)


For pre-admission, please contact Joey Bezant (021) 506 4035 fax 086 676 0925 or email at

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 Orthopaedic Hospital charges medical aid tariffs according to scale of benefits.
  • Private patients and members of certain medical aids will be required to pay a deposit prior to admission, and to settle their accounts in full on discharge.
  • Medical aid and medical insurance scheme members are advised to check the extent of their coverage prior to admission, and to obtain a pre-authorisation number from their funder, if applicable.

Visitor information

  • High care unit: 15h00 – 16h00 and 19h15 – 20h15. Only two visitors are allowed per patient. Children under 12 years are not allowed.
  • General wards: 15h00 – 16h00 and 19h15 – 20h15.

No visiting will be allowed outside visiting hours.