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A way of life

The Life Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre is a dedicated orthopaedic surgical facility specialising in orthopaedic day procedures for both prominent sportsmen and private patients.

Life Healthcare is recognised throughout the health industry for its high calibre healthcare professionals and excellent facilities. Quality care is provided by orthopaedic surgeons, based at the centre and specialising in ankle, elbow, hand, hip, knee and shoulder joints.

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 Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients. Within a world class facility, this unique approach is what makes the difference.

Contact us

Physical address Mariendahl Terrace
Off Sports Pienaar Road
Postal address P O Box 103
Howard Place
Telephone 021 670 9920
Fax 021 670 9921
Map Life Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre


Our management can be contacted through our hospital`s reception desk.

Position Name
Clinic manager Susan Scholtz

Our facilities

The Life Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre is situated adjacent to the existing Sports Science Institute complex in Newlands, Cape Town. The historic Mariendahl Terrace cottages have been converted to accommodate this highly specialised facility.

The two theatres at the centre are equipped with the latest technology for orthopaedic surgery. Dedicated surgical nursing staff ensures efficiency, continuity and a high standard of care in theatre.

Day ward
The day ward has four beds and two lazy boys to accommodate six patients. Orthopaedic nursing staff provides high quality of care.

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.

Associated units
The centre is linked to the Life Orthopaedic Hospital and 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.

Name Contact number

Orthopaedic surgeon(s) & speciality
Dr C Narramore (Foot and ankle surgery) 021 762 5228
Dr C van der Watt (Shoulder surgery) 021 555 0530
Dr C White (Hip and Knee Surgery) 021 683 6037
Dr G Kroukamp (Ear Nose Throat Specialist) 021 674 0885
Dr H Hobbs (Knee surgery and sports injuries) 021 506 5621
Dr J May (Hip and knee surgery) 021 671 5651
Dr JP du Plessis (Elbow and shoulder surgery) 021 506 5580
Dr L Stewart (Hip and Knee Surgery) 021 683 6037
Dr S Carter (Hand surgery) 021 506 5670
Dr S Roche (Elbow and shoulder surgery) 021 506 5570
Dr W van der Merwe (Knee surgery and sports injuries) 021 686 1196

Patient and visitor information

At Life Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre, 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.


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 centre. It is not advisable to drive for 24 hours following an anaesthetic.

GPS coordinates

33 58 16.92 S; 18 28 02.73 E

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 Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre 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.