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Department of GastroenterologyHead of Department

Prof KA Newton MBCHB FCP(SA)

Clinical Activities

Gastroenterology services are coordinated and managed within the overall referral system through the District Hospitals throughout the Province to Regional and the Tertiary/Central Hospital Services. The Gastroenterology Department services primarily Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central and King Edward VIII Hospitals. Routine consultation for in-patient is provided at both hospitals. Gastroenterology procedures are provided in collaboration with the Department of Surgery within the Durban Functional Region.

Out-Patient Service 

At a secondary level, a clinic is run on a weekly basis on a Monday mornings at King Edward VIII Hospital. A tertiary Gastroenterology/Hepatology clinic is held weekly on a Thursday morning at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital

The GI Unit at IALCH provides an endoscopic service to the following categories of patients:

  1. Patients referred to the GI clinic because of the complexity/severity etc of the underlying problem which needs a Gastroenterologist’s opinion.
  2. Patients referred from other tertiary out-patient services at IALCH.
  3. In-patients at IALCH who require urgent endoscopy.
  4. Complex or technically difficult procedures which require a high degree of expertise and competence such as Endoscopic Retrograde
  5. Cholangio-Pancreatography, Endoscopic ultrasound, oesophageal motility and 24hr pH manometry.
  6. We additionally provide an 8-bedded in-patient facility.


The department is fully involved in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching in Internal Medicine and we have ongoing sub-specialty training in Gastroenterology and relevant procedures. 

Academic Meetings

  • Journal Club, Thursday 8-9 am; Seminar room A3 east IALCH (Click here for programme)
  • GI X-ray meeting alternate Fridays 8-9 am; Radiology Seminar Room, IALCH
  • Histology meeting 4 x per year; Anatomical Path Seminar Room, IALCH
  • Medico-Surgical Grand Round weekly Tuesday 8am Ward A3 East IALCH
  • CPD Academic meetings under the auspices of the South African Gastroenterology Society (SAGES) for private and public service specialists – monthly various venues


Current Research Project

  1. Pfizer Laboratories: Double-blind, triple dummy, parallel-group, randomised, six-month study to compare celecoxib (200 mg bid) with diclofenac SR (75 mg bid) plus omeprazole (20 mg qd) for gastrointestinal events in subjects with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis at high risk of gastrointestinal adverse events (Awaiting ethical approval).


Full-Time Academic Staff

  • Prof Keith A Newton
  • Dr Vasudevan G Naidoo
  • Dr Mfanufikile Nomvete

Support Staff

  • Mrs S Naidoo

Contact Us

Physical Address Postal Address
Room 328
3rd Floor
719 Umbilo Rd
Dept of Gastroenterology
Division of Medicine
Private Bag 7
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Tel: +27 (0)31 260 (Ms Susan Naidoo)