Preparing for your hospital visit

Planning ahead and knowing what to expect during your stay at Zuid-Afrikaans Hospital can help ease your fears and give you a sense of control over your care.

Patients & Visitors


Preparing for your hospital visit

  • Information needed for your medical aid
  • What to get from your medical aid
  • What to bring

During your stay

  • Your hospital room
  • Identification
  • Valuables
  • Meals
  • Television

Discharge and feedback

Know your finances

Information needed for your medical aid

Most medical aid companies require that you notify them about a hospital stay before you are admitted.

Your medical aid will require the following information from you

  • Your doctor’s name and practice number if applicable
  • Your GP’s name and practice number
  • The hospital’s name and practice number
  • The date of admission and procedure
  • The surgery that you are booked for with the ICD10 codes (description of your diagnosis) and the RPL codes (description of the procedure that you are going for).

Request the following from your medical aid:

  • Your hospitalisation authorization number
  • Whether a motivational letter is required from your doctor
  • Which costs will be covered
  • What the maximum benefits are
  • Any exclusions that might be applicable
  • Whether you need to make a procedural or a non-DSP provider co-payment to the hospital on admission
  • The prosthesis limit (if relevant)


What to bring on the day of admission

On the day of admission, make sure you have the following with you:

  • Identification
    • Driver’s license, ID document or passport
    • Medical aid card and authorisation number
    • Names and numbers of family members or friends
    • Referring doctor’s name and number
  • Personal
    • Comfortable clothing or sleepwear, socks and slippers
    • Toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Assistive devices
    • Glasses, contact lenses and magnifying glasses
    • Walkers, crutches, hearing aids or dentures
  • Medical information
    • A list of previous hospitalisation, illnesses, surgeries and allergies
    • Radiology images and reports, if applicable
    • All current medication in their original packaging indicating dosages and schedules. Please make sure that you provide it to your nurse.


  • Private patients will pay the full estimation received as a deposit.  Please note that this is only an estimate of cost and not the final account. This is payable on admission and can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card.
  • Embassy staff needs a letter from the embassy with a guarantee of payment
  • SANDF staff needs a letter of authorization

Complete the Patient Admission Form at home and fax the completed form to: +27(0)12 343 4592 to speed up the admission process.