About

The hospital is located in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape province.  The town of Mthatha is formally known as Umtata and was the capital of the former Transkei which is now part of the Eastern Cape.  Mthatha is located on the banks of the Mtata river and is the vibrant and lively centre of the area.

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The greatest charm of the town is the Nelson Mandela Museum and unique sight of the evergreen forests and countryside surrounding Mthatha.  The hospital is located in the popular suburb of Norwood and close to Mthatha central.  Main roads close to the hospital is the N2 to the South of the hospital and the R61 to the North of the hospital.

Beds and Wards

The hospital has 140 beds and 3 theatres.  Various specialised services and care are offered at the hospital which includes an intensive care unit and neonatal intensive care unit.  The radiology and urology facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and well-trained staff and professionals.

The hospital also offers additional services such as renal dialysis and pathology with on-site laboratories.  Patients suffering from physical injuries or conditions receive physiotherapy from highly qualified professionals.

Disciplines and Services

  • Family medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ear, Nose and Throat surgery
  • General surgery
  • Gynaecology
  • Internal medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Obstetrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery, including spinal surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Urology

Visiting Hours

  • 10h00 – 12h00 (selected wards only)
  • 14h00 – 20h00

Physical Address

30 Durham Road
Mthatha
Eastern Cape
South Africa

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Telephone and Fax Numbers

Tel:  +27 47 505 5600
Fax:  +27 47 531 5286

Website:  Life St Mary’s Private Hospital

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