Providing quality service since 1994

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Covid-19 Notice

Please note that during the Coronavirus pandemic this practice is still open. Routine cases as well as urgent ones are seen every day. All possible measures are being taken to ensure your safety at the practice including patient distancing, sanitizing of surfaces, protective clothing, hand washing, and free circulation of fresh air.

Surgery is still being performed for various ENT conditions on the condition that the patient tests negative for coronavirus preoperatively. This is to keep you as well as hospital staff and other patients safe. However if you have tested positive for coronavirus at any stage then after 14 days you are considered to be no longer infectious and any form of surgery can then take place. The surgical section of St James Hospital is routinely screened and cleaned and you will find yourself in an extremely safe environment if you are admitted there.

Regrettably is likely that this unfortunate state of affairs will continue for the rest of the year and possibly into next year. It is important not to neglect medical and ENT conditions during this time and I urge you to attend this practice if you have any ENT related problems.

About the Practice


This practice has served the people of East London for two decades. We are situated in a free standing heritage house at 31 St James Road. This is conveniently situated between Life St Dominic’s Hospital and St James Hospital. Access to East London Private and Life Beacon Bay is also convenient.

While the majority of my surgery is performed at the excellent Life St James Hospital, service is also provided to these other hospitals. In addition at least once a month I travel to Queenstown to consult and perform surgery at Life Queenstown Private Hospital. In the matter of staffing Mrs Beryl Smith, nee Richter(accounts) and Sr Elize Lodewyk (reception and procedures) have been with the practice since its inception. The premises are ably maintained by Mr Singatha Oliphant and Ms Funeka Petu.

Our ever growing practice has over 33 thousand patients on the books. Quite a few of our patients have been attending since early days, a testimony to our friendly and competent staff and good medical care. East London is a surprisingly cosmopolitan city and we see patients from all over Africa and not infrequently visitors from overseas. I am fluent in English and Afrikaans and have growing competency in isiXhosa and French.

I have always made it my goal to provide quality service while recognizing the economic realities of this town. We accommodate all medical aids but with a few medical aids modest co-payments will have to be made for certain procedures. In addition a nominal levey is made with the first visit of the year per family. If funding is an issue we will ensure that your problem does not go untreated. If you do not have funds for hospitalization we will ensure that you are seen by the highly competent specialists of the local state hospital.

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