Best Hospitals for Neurology in South Africa

About Neurology

Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with the disorders of the nervous system and the doctor who specializes in neurology is known as a neurologist. Neurology deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the conditions and diseases involving the central and peripheral nervous system.

Who should consider going for a neurology treatment?

You might consider going for a neurology check-up and treatment in case you experience any of the following symptoms on a consistent basis:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Movement problems
  • Problems moving, like difficulty walking, being clumsy, unintentional jerks or movements, tremors, or others, can be symptoms of a problem in your nervous system
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Memory problems or confusion
  • Sleep problems

Cost Comparison

Country of Treatment Craniotomy (Cost in USD) Scoliosis Surgery (Cost in USD) Microdiscectomy (Cost in USD)
India 7500 12500 3200
Turkey 15000 20000 11000
Thailand 27500 22500 11500
US 26500 125,000 40000

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital located in Johannesburg, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 254 bed capacity
  • 24 Hour Emergency section
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
  • Clinical Trial Centre
  • Sports Medicine Centre
  • Centre of Excellence for Strokes
  • 24 hour trauma and emergency
  • Many medical specialties
  • Option of Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in Gynaecology, Urology and General Surgery
  • Patient shuttle facility
  • International patient coordinators

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Life Kingsbury Hospital located in Cape Town, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the capacity of 226 beds
  • 11 Operating rooms
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • General ward, Paediatric ward and Maternity ward
  • Accident & Emergency Unit with a Doctor on-duty 24*7
  • Free Advanced Life Support Paramedic Response Vehicle, which cannot be considered as an Ambulance as it is not responsible for patients transfer. It is to stabilize a patient whilst an ambulance is dispatched


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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Netcare Linksfield Hospital located in Johannesburg, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Orthopedic Unit with biokinetic center (14 orthopedic surgeons)
  • Cardiology Unit with interventional catheterisation laboratory and dedicated cardiac theatre (specialist cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons)
  • Head and Neck Unit for Holistic Treatment (comprised of ENT and maxillo-facial specialists, radiologists, oncologist and a dietician)
  • Clinical Decision
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Discharge lounge
  • Support Care Ward
  • Cardiac and Laminar theatres
  • Renal Dialysis Unit
  • Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory
  • Sports Orthopedic Center
  • Cochlear implant center
  • Sports Orthopaedic Center
  • Sleep Laboratory
  • 24-hour Emergency Department with accredited level 3 Trauma unit
  • In-house Pharmacy

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre located in Durban, South Africa has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 377 bed capacity
  • 24 hour accident and emergency unit
  • Heart, lung and kidney transplants available
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery services
  • Cardiac Centre of Excellence for Adult & Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Two Cardiac Catheterisation Labs
  • Cardiac Theatre
  • 7 Major Operating Theatres
  • 42 Bed ICU
  • Neuro Operating Theatre
  • Stroke Centre of Excellence
  • Renal Centre of Excellence
  • 24/7 Emergency unit
  • Transplant Program
  • Pharmacy and Prayer Facility

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Artemis Hospital is a 400 plus bed multi-speciality hospital, which aims at providing a depth of expertise in the spectrum of advanced medical and surgical interventions. Some of the features of the infrastructure include:

  • A 400 plus bed multi-speciality hospital.
  • A large number of ICU beds equipped with modern technologies.
  • Imaging techniques include 64 Slice Cardiac CT Scan, Dual Head Gamma Camera, |  16 Slice PET CT, Fan Beam BMD, RIS - HIS Integrated Department, High -end Colour Doppler Ultrasound Systems.
  • Cardiology department supported by Philips FD20/10 Cath Lab with Stent Boost Technology, C7XR OCT - Optical Coherence Tomography, Lab IVUS - Intravascular Ultrasound, Rotablator - for calcified lesions, FFR -Fractional Flow Reserve, Ensite Velocity Cardiac Mapping System, and Endovascular Hybrid Operating Suite.
  • ICU is backed by High-Frequency Ventilator for NICU, Central Venous Pressure Monitoring, Intra - aortic Balloon Pump, Invasive Intraarterial Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ab4 Monitoring, Bedside Percutaneous Tracheostomy, Portable X - ray Viewer, Temperature Regulating Blankets/Warmers, Bedside ECHO Cardiology.
  • Operation Theatre Technologies: Total Knee Replacement - Navigation System, Motor Evoked Potentials (MEP) for Spine Surgeries, Fiber Optic Bronchoscope, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pump, Somatosensory Evoked Potential (SSEP) in DBS Surgery.

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Medanta - The Medicity located in Gurugram, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 1250 beds facility
  • 800+ professionally trained & experienced Doctors
  • Patient Support Services Team in International Patients Department, assists patients from different nation during their medical travel journey
  • Hotels and Lodging Arrangements
  • International Lounge
  • Medantas own Air-ambulance service can reach you in any part of the world (fully functional ICU at 30,000 feet above the ground)

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Sterling Wockhardt Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The bed capacity of Sterling Wockhardt Hospital is 50.
  • Critical care and complex cases resolution is done with excellent results.
  • Emergency departments with 3 beds capacity and Intensive Care Unit with 10 beds capacity.
  • The healthcare delivery focus of the hospital is both on prevention as well curing the conditions.
  • Diagnostics are well developed with the latest technological developments.
  • Pharmacy, operating rooms, lab services are at par with the best in the country.
  • 24/7 ambulance services to cover healthcare requirements in Panvel and Vashi.
  • Accommodation, airport transfers, flight bookings and translation services are all available for international patients.

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Fortis Hospital located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by ISO, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 24x7 emergency services are available.
  • In house pharmacy services are also present.
  • Highly regarded doctors and surgeons work day and night at the hospital.
  • This is in addition to numerous consultants who provide services to patients.
  • There are excellent preoperative and post operative care facilities at the hospital.
  • High success rates and faster turnaround times for patients towards excellent health.
  • An International patient care center enables international patients to avail the best of treatment in a seamless manner with minimal hassle.
  • 5 Centres of Excellence are present in Fortis hospital Bangalore.
  • The bed capacity of this hospital is 250.
  • Latest In Vitro Fertilisation technologies are present.

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The Hospital has world-class infrastructure with a capacity of over 1000 beds and much more-

  • 265 Licensed beds
  • 13 Operation Theatres
  • 24*7 Cath Lab
  • 24*7 available Blood Bank
  • 24*7 Emergency Department
  • 24*7 Open Pharmacy

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HCG Kalinga Rao Road located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Diagnostic facility equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technologies, such as 3T MRI, SPECT, PET-CT
  • Specialty laboratories provide state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities with expertise in oncology testing
  • The services provided under medical oncology include Haemato oncology, Pediatric oncology, Breast health, Preventive oncology, Daycare chemotherapy
  • Radiation oncology department adopts advanced technologies like CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery, TomoTherapy-H, Da Vinci, which allows cancer to be targeted with high accuracy
  • First Cancer Centre in India to introduce PET-CT technologies and Cyclotron
  • Consists of several beds and OTs with the latest equipment that meet high standards of sterility, and also comply with all international standards on operation theatre designs
  • Access to the latest technology like Linear Accelerator which allows the tumor to be treated with pinpoint accuracy
  • Equipped with Agility-Synergy linear accelerator, which allows accurate, image-guided radiotherapy to be provided safely and in a short time.
  • Have a unique facility that has BMT suites and a unique hemato-pathology lab. Conditions like Multiple Myeloma, Immune Deficiency Disorders, Leukaemia, Lymphomas, Aplastic Anaemia, Childhood Leukaemia, and certain Pediatric Cancers can be treated with Bone Marrow Transplants at the unit.
  • Ortho-Oncology clinic to be the first-of-its-kind in Bangalore, offering dedicated care for Musculoskeletal tumors
  • Round-the-clock extensive patient service helping diagnose cancer
  • Automated Breast Volume Scanner is the latest technology used for breast cancer detection
  • RTISTE linear accelerator used for various treatment approaches, including 3D conformal radiation therapy, Stereotactic
  • Radiosurgery (SRS), Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy

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IBS Hospital specializes in advanced neurology, joint replacement surgeries, and spine surgery.  The hospital has world-class infrastructure, an experienced team of specialists, and qualified and considerate staff. The patients get immediate medical attention and make them feel at home

Infrastructure & facilities:

  • State of the art facility with the latest infrastructure and equipment
  • Several beds for the patients
  • High-tech ICUs equipped with advanced technology
  • Modular operation theatres
  • Fully equipped luxury rooms
  • Booking home vaccination online facility
  • Home care pharmacy service
  • 24-hr consultant-related emergency services
  • High-end diagnostic equipment like CT Scan & MRI, EEG, EMG, NCV
  • Automated Lab
  • Uro dynamics Lab
  • TV in room
  • Private rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Phone in Room
  • Mobility accessible rooms
  • Family accommodation
  • Restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • International Cuisine
  • Local transportation booking
  • Travel office/visa
  • Car Hire
  • Private driver / Limousine services
  • Shopping trip organization

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Venkateshwar Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The hospital has the latest healthcare facilities and world class infrastructure.
  • It has a 325 bed capacity and 100 beds for critical care.
  • There are as many as 10 operation theatres.
  • The Intensive Care Unit and blood bank is also present within the hospital.
  • There is complete support for international patients with facilities such as transfers, assistance for visa and accommodation, translators and insurance related assistance.
  • Some of the departments in which medical services are available are Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedics, Gynecology, Cardiology, Neurology and Oncology.
  • The hospital also provides treatment for infertility, weight loss and has physiotherapy and pain management services.

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Supported by the first class staff, Medeor Hospital is dedicated to providing the latest in medical advances. The hospital’s professional expertise is regarded as one of the finest in India. The centre provides acute specialist services and aims at delivering top-quality medical and patient care.

Infrastructure & Facilities:

  • 24x7 Emergency, Diagnostics and Pharmacy services
  • State of the art instruments
  • Hi-tech ICUs
  • Modular OTs
  • High-end Medical Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Highly Experienced Physicians & Surgeons
  • Zero Bacteria Operation Theaters
  • Modern Infrastructure Equipped with Advanced Facilities
  • Radiology department equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging technologies like 1.5 tesla MRI, high-tech 160 CT Scan and dual detector X – ray
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab having Hybrid Operating Room
  • Linear Accelerator, Brachytherapy Suite, Wide Bore CT Simulator
  • Slice CT Scan, CT Simulation
  • Slice PET CT, Dual Head 6 Slice SPECT CT
  • Facilitation counter at International Airport, New Delhi
  • Translator of different languages
  • Assistance in lodging, boarding and ticketing
  • Wi-Fi and local SIM cards
  • Tele-medicine, e-consultation and post discharge follow up
  • Foreign exchange services
  • Prayer and meditation rooms

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Vejthani Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is among the topmost private hospitals functioning in Thailand.
  • The bed capacity of the hospital is 263.
  • There are more than three hundred thousand patients visiting the hospital every year.
  • Vejthani hospital has more than 40 outpatient clinics and centers.
  • International patient care center with all kinds of services: air ambulance, transfers, travel, stay, embassy liaison, patient coordinators, prayer rooms, visa coordination and translators for 20 languages.
  • The special facilities are:
  • International Certified Laboratory
  • 10 Operating Rooms
  • Radiology Section: Portable X-ray, CT-scan and C-ARM and MRI
  • Neonatal Critical Care Unit
  • Water-jet technique applied for liposuction
  • Computer navigation and mini-invasive technique for Joint Replacement surgery

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Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • One of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in India
  • Facility is fusion of state of the art technology, competent clinicians, and world-class infrastructure
  • 230 beds
  • 70 bedded medical and surgical and Critical Care Unit
  • Ward Bed Options- Twin, Deluxe, Sharing and Economy
  • Pneumatic Tube System
  • Ambulance Services 24x7
  • 15 Bedded dialysis unit
  • Advanced Neonatal ICU
  • Advanced imaging services, including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography scanning, digital mammography, ultrasound
  • 8 modular OTs
  • Flat Panel Cath Labs
  • LASIK - SMILE Suite
  • Wellness Lounge
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • 15 Dialysis beds
  • 24x7 ‘Trauma & Emergency Center
  • Dedicated blood bank
  • 24x7 comprehensive patient care.
  • Deployed high-end technologies & smart digital system
  • Robust Hospital Information Systems to meet complex medical needs of patients
  • Robotic assisted surgeries
  • International Patients Lounge
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Accommodation and Food for Attendant
  • Language Interpreter Services
  • 4 triage beds, a dedicated sample collection room, 6 observation beds, and highly skilled emergency staff
  • Robotic knee replacement surgery
  • ATM
  • Lounge for visitors
  • Internet Access: The whole facility is Wi-Fi enabled
  • Travel Desk: Provides an all-round patient care.
  • 24x7 pharmacy

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FAQ's Related to South Africa

Which are the popular multispecialty hospital groups in South Africa?

South Africa is one of the leading medical tourism destinations with top hospitals, such as:

  1. Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital
  2. Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital
  3. Busamed Gateway Private Hospital
  4. Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital
  5. Busamed Lowveld Hospital
  6. Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre
  7. Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital
  8. Life Bay View Private Hospital
  9. Lenmed Shifa Hospital

Most of these hospitals have effectively met the below quality parameters:

  1. Providing clear information about medicines to patients
  2. Effective engagement between nursing staff/doctors and patients;
  3. Suitability of the hospital environment for meeting the needs of patients
  4. Effectively managing pain.

The government of South Africa has strict healthcare regulations in place which all hospitals need to follow to ensure quality treatment. The hospitals are backed with state-of-art infrastructure, the latest medical equipment, and well-trained doctors and offer world-class facilities to enhance the patient experience.

What healthcare accreditation standards are followed in South Africa?

The hospitals in South Africa receive accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) and Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA). To ensure that integrated and coordinated care is provided, COHSASA develops as well as measures standards in all areas and departments of a healthcare facility. SafeCare program has been introduced by COHSASA, JCI, and SafeCare Foundation to use internationally recognized standards to improve health care delivery. The accreditation bodies ensure that the hospitals are consistent in delivering quality care, so, initially, they grant accreditation to hospitals and clinics only for 2 years which gets extended if the quality is maintained.

Why should I opt for healthcare in South Africa?

South Africa is gaining global attention for medical tourism due to affordable treatment costs and world-class infrastructure. South Africa’s growing popularity in medical tourism is also attributed to factors like a large pool of accredited hospitals, advanced technology, world-class facilities provided by hospitals, global exposure of doctors. Liberal laws for the use of stem cells in South Africa have helped it attract a large number of medical tourists for advanced medical treatment. The patient-centric hospitals in South Africa help you with all kinds of organization and administrative tasks and provide a world-class patient experience through all-inclusive care and assistance on a 24/7 basis.

How is the quality of doctors in South Africa?

The highly skilled and well-qualified doctors in South Africa ensure world-class treatment through their deep expertise and subject knowledge. Most of the doctors in South Africa are trained in foreign countries like Cuba and Australia which orientate them towards quality health care. Using a holistic approach, doctors have received worldwide recognition for delivering excellent results in dental procedures and fertility treatments. There are several reasons why South Africa has a large pool of quality doctors, such as education at reputed colleges, compliance with global standards, using human touch in treatment, and adopting a patient-centric approach.

How to obtain a medical visa in South Africa?

You can get a medical visa to South Africa for 90 days. The High Commission of the country decides for how long a visa could be extended. People who require medical treatment for longer than three months must apply for a temporary residency permit. A visa becomes valid the day it is issued by the High Commission and not on the date of departure. Also, an application for a visa is not be accepted more than 30 days before departure. Below documents are required for applying for a medical visa:

  1. Passport
  2. Passport-sized photographs
  3. Online Application form
  4. Full return flight reservation
  5. Proof of stay in South Africa
  6. Signed official medical letter from medical institution
  7. Signed medical letter from a recognized local practitioner
What are the popular procedures available in South Africa?

South Africa is known to offer some procedures with high success rates, such as total knee replacement, meniscus repairs, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Besides offering these popular procedures, South Africa also attracts many medical tourists for cosmetic surgery and infertility treatment. Fertility treatment through egg donation has seen a high success rate in South Africa wherein a person can opt for a surgical or non-surgical procedure, with quite low waiting times. People select South Africa to avail these procedures due to several reasons, such as world-class hospitals with superior infrastructure and highly-skilled doctors, fast recovery, and use of cutting-edge medical technology.

Which are the most popular cities in South Africa for medical treatment?

Some popular cities of South Africa that attract a huge number of medical tourists every year are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban. Cape Town a major tourist attraction that has a rich culture, world-class doctors, and modern health facilities. Besides providing quality treatment, these cities are also known for having a better public transportation system, cheap hotels, and connectivity through airlines. Johannesburg’s healthcare system is on par with Great Britain and the city’s public and private healthcare industry works closely with South Africa's medical schools to create internationally recognized medical specialists.

Is it mandatory to take vaccinations before going to South Africa?

Yes, vaccination is compulsory before visiting South Africa. The vaccines recommended by WHO and the National Travel Health Network and Centre are Rabies and tetanus, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, Yellow fever, hepatitis A. Infants 6 to 11 months old travelling to the country should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. People staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas should get typhoid vaccine. Vaccination guidelines change with time, so keep yourself updated with the travel advisory released by the government. You can also check with doctors or hospitals in South Africa for the required vaccines.