Life Sports Science Orthopaedic Surgical Day Centre

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A Way of life
The 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.

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

Name Of Orthopaedic Surgeon(s) & SpecialityContact Number
Dr B Dower (Hip and knee surgery)021 506 5610
Dr R von Bormann (Hip and knee surgery)021 506 5702
Dr S Carter (Hand surgery)021 506 5670
Dr S Roche (Elbow and shoulder surgery)021 506 5570

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.


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


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.

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.

Contact Us

Physical AddressMariendahl Terrace
Off Sports Pienaar Road
Postal addressP O Box 103
Howard Place
Telephone021 670 2290