Contact us

Physical address 18 Malcolm Road
Postal address P O Box 779
Telephone 011 952 3000
Fax 086 680 9893
Map Life Poortview

Life Poortview is a dedicated mental healthcare facility specialising in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, including substance dependence or other addictions that are associated with these disorders.

Our treatment programmes, facilitated by our interdisciplinary team, have been developed to achieve optimal outcomes through the short term treatment of mental healthcare users in a tranquil and therapeutic environment conducive to their recovery.

Monitoring our users' views on all aspects of our service keeps us up to date with their needs and enable us to provide them with the best possible service at all times.

Our facilities

The modern 80 bed Life Poortview facility has been specifically designed and decorated to foster a sense of peace and tranquillity to assist users in their recovery.

The facility houses the following:

  • Private and semi-private rooms accommodating 60 voluntary admitted users (30 female and 30 male).
  • A 15 bed ward for assisted admissions.
  • A five bed ward with observation facility.
  • An electro-convulsive therapy facility.
  • Individual and group therapy rooms.
  • Lounges, TV and family visitation.
  • Dining rooms with catering services.
  • Private courtyards and gardens.
  • Recreational facility.


Persons who voluntarily seek professional healthcare assistance for psychiatric disorders or addiction need to be referred to one of the admitting psychiatrists at Life Poortview for a consultation. The psychiatrist will determine whether admission is necessary and, if so, facilitate the admission process.

Persons in need of professional help or acute mental health disorders, but unable to cooperate or unwilling to consent to potential treatment; require a family member, spouse or care-giver to contact an admitting psychiatrist at Life Poortview. The psychiatrist can guide the specific process needed to gain admission to the unit.

For after hour emergencies the trauma and emergency unit at Life Flora Clinic (011 470 7720) or the accident and emergency unit at Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital (011 796 6519) can be contacted.

Our multidisciplinary team

Our multidisciplinary team of medical, therapy and nursing professionals involved in the treatment and care of users of the mental health services offered at Life Poortview, is reflective of our holistic approach to mental healthcare. Working closely together, the aim of the team is to achieve optimal outcomes for users. The composition of the interdisciplinary team is tailored to the needs of each specific user.

The team includes the following healthcare professionals:

  • Psychiatrists.
  • A general practitioner.
  • Psychologists.
  • Occupational therapists.
  • Physiotherapists.
  • Social workers.
  • Mental health nursing practitioners.
  • Dietician

Treatment programmes for psychiatric disorders

Treatment programmes for psychiatric disorders are based on cognitive-behavioural principles, and are designed to provide comprehensive and holistic treatment in order to facilitate recovery in people affected by:

  • mood and anxiety disorders (i.e. depression, phobias, post traumatic stress and panic disorders);
  • personality disorders (i.e. avoidance and dependence disorders); or
  • psychotic disorders (i.e. schizophrenia and delusional disorders).

The primary objective is to mobilise internal and external resources in the promotion, restoration and maintenance of mental health – thereby helping the user to reach an optimal level of functioning as a valued person.

Based on an assessment of the individual user, specific therapeutic modalities which will be beneficial to that specific user are selected. Other concomitant medical and psychiatric conditions are also attended to. Treatment regimes, supported by 24 hour specialised nursing care, can include any of the following:

  • Individual psychological assessment and psychotherapy.
  • Individual, group and family therapy.
  • Electro-convulsive therapy (if indicated).
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Stress management programmes.

Addiction treatment programme

Our mental healthcare programmes also include a treatment programme to assist users whose functioning has become further impaired either as a result of their dependency on psychoactive substances or any other addiction associated with their mental disorder.

This intervention programme is aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction through detoxifying the user whilst implementing an intensive cognitive behavioural psychotherapy programme. The primary goal is to interrupt the cycle of addiction and to foster maintenance of abstinence. This programme, supported by 24 hour specialised nursing care, includes the following:

  • Medical treatment.
  • Occupational (group and individual) psychotherapy.
  • Facilitating family support.
  • Group and individual psychotherapy.

Our programme strongly focuses on the improvement of the individual’s:

  • physical functioning;
  • self-esteem;
  • self-image;
  • interpersonal relationships;
  • positive family interaction; and
  • vocational productivity.

Mental healthcare users will also be assisted to develop realistic life goals and a healthy lifestyle in the absence of substance dependence or other addictive behaviour.

Support after discharge

Mental healthcare users who have completed their treatment programme at Life Poortview will be supported through a dedicated aftercare support system established to assist and monitor them for a period of 12 months. During this time the therapeutic team offers individual follow-up and support on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on the user’s need. Users are also encouraged and assisted to identify and join appropriate support groups.

For further information on Life Poortview or admission procedures please contact the case manager at telephone 011 952 3000 or by email to

Please also visit the dedicated facilities page for Life Poortview listed under hospitals (name search) on the Life Healthcare website for more information.

Supporting healthcare professionals

Dr G Brink 011 476 6410
Dr J Kahler 011 954 5150
Dr A Kalaba 011 795 1129
Dr C Magnus 011 476 6410
Dr C van Wyk 011 679 4095
A Combrink 071 599 3546
Dr M Devantier 082 498 3643
Dr J de Klerk 011 678 5054
Dr A Grobler 083 959 5098
J Roelofse 082 848 9871
Dr P van den Berg 011 954 3196
Occupational Therapist(s)
H Jonas 072 513 9876
Consultant Dietician(s)
A van Huyssteen 082 452 7347
S Maharaj 083 656 7350