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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Our programme strongly focuses on the improvement of the individual’s:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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