Steve Biko Academic Hospital

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital is a purely tertiary healthcare institution, rendering specialized and highly specialized services to medically referred patients..

The SBAH offers a top range of medical services:

Excellence in provision of quality tertiary health care

Help Desk

012 354 1590/1597
Office hours only


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Out Patients Services

No walk-in patients will be seen (Poli-clinic patient services).


A hospital sensitive to the needs of the community

Visiting Hours

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital has strict visiting times - please keep to them:
14:30 – 16:00
19:00 – 20:00.


Commitment, innovative ideas and team spirit

Patients Admission / Registration

Please make sure that you bring the documentation with.


The primary function of the service at the Medical Fitness for Work Section is to conduct work capacity assessments.

Work capacity assessments may either be of a client’s general work capacity (± 3 hour assessment) or an assessment of work capacity for specific occupations and/ or job (± 2 days).

The former assists to determine:

  • The client’s eligibility for a disabled grant (issued by the Department of Social Services and Population Development)
  • Whether the client, who is not fit to work in open labour, is suited to sheltered or protected labour.

The latter assists to determine the client’s potential to:

  • Return to his own job, with or without adaptation (i.e. reasonable accommodations, in accordance with the Employment Act, 1998)
  • Succeed in an alternative job or occupation.

On occasion, assessments are also conducted for insurance benefit claim and medico-legal cases.

Every client is evaluated by an occupational therapist, which may also include the assistance of the industrial technician. Other members of the medical team are also consulted if the need arises.

The assessment comprises an interview with the client, where the aims of the consultation are set. This is followed by an assessment of the client’s sensory-motor, cognitive and perceptual abilities, personal and social behaviour, motivation, work habits, and endurance for a full working day.

Standardized testing, including the Valpar Component Work Sample Battery, and work simulation in the fields of assembly, technical, clerical and manual labour, predict rate of work, knowledge and proficiency.

Where appropriate and possible, the client undergoes treatment which may comprise self empowerment and work seeking behaviour, work conditioning (gradual participation in work related tasks), and/ or work hardening (participation in full programme as preparation to cope with a full working day).

Where possible, unemployed clients are referred for suitable placement according to the information gained during assessment and treatment.

Contact information

Steve Biko Academic Hospital
Occupational Therapy, Medical Fitness for Work
Private Bag x169

General enquiries - telephone: 012 354-6780 / 012 354-6538
Facsimile: 012 354-6101
Ms. Femia Vinciguerra: 012 354-6262
Mrs. Abida Adroos: 012 354-6293

Important Information

  • Emergency Patients: Only Priority 1 and 2 patients will be seen at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital. These are patients in need of Emergency Specialist Medical Care, i.e. life threatening within 2 hours, which cannot be rendered at the Regional- or District Hospital, the clinic or the Medical practitioner.
  • Steve Biko Academic Hospital is a academic hospital. No walk-in patients will be seen.
  • Children are not allowed to visit in Paediatric wards for infection control purposes.


Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board-Robert Kerr Trust Health Programme

Steve Biko Academic Hospital Board-Robert Kerr Trust Health Programme reconnects qualifying financially and socially disadvantaged hearing-impaired people to the world of sound and a meaningful life.

Hearing is a basic sense, an obvious function that is often taken for granted. It connects us to people, our environment. We play, talk, express, learn and experience in sound and words. We live and love by it. For hearing-impaired people, the world can be a silent, isolated place and life’s options can be limited.

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