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Department of General Medicine

Head of Department


Prof RJ HiftGeneral Medicine occupies an important position in the training of medical students and of registrars aiming towards their initial specialization, yet is very vulnerable to the trend for ever-increasing levels of subspecialisation. Accordingly our University has established a strong Department of General Medicine to work alongside the subspecialist departments of the Division of Medicine.

Our clinical service is centred on the medical wards of King Edward VIII Hospital, but is closely allied with the medicine services of the other metropolitan regional hospitals and with those of other large hospitals in the province.

A primary goal of the Department is, within the ambit of internal medicine, to work towards the establishment of efficient and robust relationships and lines of referral between the different levels of care of the provincial health service, vertically and horizontally. A parallel aim is to provide a powerful learning environment for our students and registrars, who spend the greater part of their time in our General Medicine services, in which they they may confidently develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours which will equip them for a lifetime of effective clinical practice.

Clinical Services

Six units operate at King Edward VIII Hospital. Four of these are headed by full-time members of the Department of General Medicine, the other two by members of our sister subspecialist departments in rotation. All six units are further supported by staff of the subspecialist departments in rotation. Each unit is assigned two registrars, two interns and fourth and final year students.

The focus is on acute medicine. Patients are admitted directly from the Medical Outpatient Department (MOPD), which in our hospital is staffed by the Department of Family Medicine and offers a 24-hour acute emergency consultation service, as well as by arranged transfer from other hospitals in the Province. Patients are admitted into the Acute Medical Admissions ward (AMA) for acute management. Here they are assessed by staff, therapy is instituted, they are reviewed by consultants on the evening of admission and at a post-intake round the following morning, before being transferred to our wards.

We have four medical wards for ongoing care, before patients are discharged, returned to their referring hospitals or transferred to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital for tertiary care.

A follow-up clinic is held daily for the review of patients recently discharged from the wards.


In partnership with our Department of Infectious Diseases, we are developing clinical services in the area of HIV medicine. e have recently appointed a Principal Medical Officer to the ARV clinic at KEH with the intention of building up capacity in the management of the critically ill patient equiring urgent antiretroviral therapy.

The unit is actively involved in both undergraduate and post graduate teaching.


We contribute to the third, fourth and filth year undergraduate teaching programme, with tutorials and resource sessions, as well as teaching of students on ward rounds.


We contribute to the postgraduate registrar teaching programme of the Division of Medicine. A particular emphasis of the Department is on in-service training of registrars and interns. Post-intake and follow-up ward rounds are conducted with the explicit purpose of exploring and developing the development of sound clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills in our staff.


We have a regular weekly meeting on Thursdays from 8-9 am in Room 307, Division of Medicine, 3rd Floor, Medical School.
First Tuesday of the month: Morbidity/Mortality meeting


  1. Adherence to antiretroviral therapy
  2. Metabolic complications of antiretroviral therapy
  3. Osteoporosis  in the elderly
  4. Familial hypokalaemic periodic paralysis
  5. Porphyria
  6. Transfer of learning


Academic and Clinical Staff

King Edward VIII Hospital, Congella

  • Prof Richard Hift
  • Prof Dennis Pudifin
  • Dr Nomandla Madala
  • Dr Aneera Mahanga
  • Dr Farhanah Paruk
  • Dr Nombulelo Magula
  • Dr Kama Maharaj
  • Dr Jay Moodley
  • Dr Kwazi Ndlovu
  • Ms Nomathemba Pretty Hlongwa (Secretary)

Addington Hospital, Point

  • Dr S George
  • Dr Michelle Naidoo
  • Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Phoenix
  • Dr Michelle Bagwandeen
  • Dr Hajira Baccus
  • Dr F Cassim
  • Dr Sedeshan Govender

Prince Mshiyeni Hospital, Umlazi

  • Dr Ajesh Maharaj
  • Dr N Maharaj
  • Dr R Maharaj
  • Dr V Reddy

RK Khan Hospital, Chatsworth

  • Dr Chiman Rajput
  • Prof Nash Ranjith
  • Dr A Budhoo
  • Dr M Javid
  • Dr MC Kamdar
  • Dr A Mansoor
  • Ms Tammy Naidoo (Secretary)

Support Staff

  • Ms Nomathemba Pretty Hlongwa

Contact Us 

Physical Address Postal Address
Room 328
3rd Floor
Medical School
719 Umbilo Rd
Dept of General Medicine
Medical School
Private Bag 7
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)31 260 4216
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 4420 

E-mail: Ms Noma Hlongwa: