The hospital is situated in East London, Eastern Cape.  East London is on the South-East coast and about 288km from Port Elizabeth.  Port Alfred is about 137km from East London and King William’s Town about 58km.  East London has the only river port in South Africa and lies between the Nahoon river and the Buffalo river.  East London is a city that borders several game reserves in the Eastern Cape.

The East London Museum is renowned for exhibiting fossilized human and animal footprints and artefacts from the Xhosa-speaking tribe.  The hospital is located in the suburb of Southernwood.  Suburbs surrounding the hospital include Belgravia, Arcadia, Selborne, Berea and Baysville.  The hospital is easily accessible via the N2 North of the hospital.

Beds and Wards

The hospital has 28 beds and 4 theatres.  It manly caters for day patients and when necessary accommodates patients overnight.  The hospital delivers high quality treatment and care for routine and major medical procedures together with its sister hospitals in the city – Life East London Private Hospital and Life St Dominic’s Hospital.  These hospitals cater to medical aid and private patients in the city and surrounding areas.

Disciplines and Services

  • Dentistry
  • Ear, Nose & Throat surgery
  • Gynaecological procedures
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Minor general surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Ophthalmology

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours may vary among hospitals within the Life Healthcare group. Please contact the hospital directly or visit their website (link below) for the latest visiting hours.

Physical Address

36 St James Road
East London
Eastern Cape
South Africa

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Telephone and Fax Numbers

Tel:  +27 43 722 9685
Fax:  +27 43 722 5000

Landline numbers may have changed or may be unreachable at this time. Please refer to the hospital website.

Website:  Life St James Hospital


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