Visiting Hours

Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 12:00

Mon - Fri: 15:00 - 16:00

Mon - Fri: 19:00 - 20:00

Weekends & Public Holidays: 11:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 16:00

We nurture so that you can thrive


About Us

Nurture Aurora is a hospital designed to meet all your physical rehabilitation needs. When you choose Nurture Aurora, you are choosing a caring and compassionate team of professionals, a comprehensive range of therapeutic services, and a top-notch hospital. We are based in Walmer Downs, Gqeberha - convenient for Eastern and Southern Cape residents looking for intensive in-patient physical rehabilitation.

How We Can Help

Being compassionate is our objective

Nurture Aurora provides hope through compassion, humanity, and clinical expertise during your rehabilitation journey. 

We exist to help people who have suffered a debilitating accident, or significant illness, return to their optimal functioning.

Our objective is to maximise recovery and patient health gain, while achieving the highest level of independence for each of our patients, as cost effectively as possible.  We start your rehabilitation journey on the day of admission with a detailed interdisciplinary team assessment.  It is proven that early intervention shows improved function, better patient outcomes, and reintegration back into society, the community, and home environment.

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At the heart of Nurture Aurora lies our experienced and expert interdisciplinary team: the people who work closely together to meet the needs of each patient to produce excellent results. They all understand the life-changing events you have been through and are here to provide the physical, emotional, and social support you need. These are a few of the people you will meet at Nurture Aurora:

  • Rehabilitation Medical Practitioners, primarily responsible for your rehabilitation programme and overall medical care
  • Rehabilitation Nurses who will help you with difficult tasks and help you practise what you have learnt in therapy.
  • A team of therapists including physiotherapists; occupational therapists; speech, language and swallowing therapists; and social workers; who are responsible for the practical activities of your rehabilitation, helping you to regain your ability to perform daily activities.
  • Rehabilitation Programme Managers who will assist in planning and implementing your discharge arrangements, and act as emotional support for your family.
  • Case managers who liaise and negotiate with your medical aid scheme before and during your stay with us.
    In addition to this, we also have part time psychologists and dieticians.

Our Services

We are committed to your well-being

Nurture Aurora is a leader in physical rehabilitation in South Africa. We provide physical rehabilitation and sub-acute in-patient and out-patient care for people challenged with a wide range of disabilities caused by disease or injuries. We are one of a few hospitals in the Nurture Health group that offer a post-acute ventilation unit, which is a specialised service to patients who depend on mechanical ventilation.  

At Nurture Aurora, we believe that the patient’s family is as important as the patient. Throughout the patient’s hospital stay, we conduct progress meetings with family members to educate them in proper care practice to ensure a consistently high standard of care, even after discharge. Patients undergo a combination of specially designed therapy sessions to suit their specific needs. They receive up to two hours of intensive therapy per day and, depending on the medical condition, this will include home and life management skills training.

Our Team

Our team is dedicated to helping you

Kirstin has a passion for neuro rehab, helping people, and coordinating holistic patient experiences for meaningful lives.

Kirstin McLaggan

Rehabilitation Programme Manager (B-Ward)

Jorita, Rehabilitation Programme Manager and Occupational Therapist. Unlocking potential with a person-centred approach, passionate about physical rehab, guiding patients and families on their journey.

Jorita Venter

Rehabilitation Programme Manager (A-Ward)

Lee-Ann Van Loggerenberg, a compassionate humanitarian and philanthropist, finds fulfillment in helping others. Role at Nurture Health combines her passion for medicine and desire to assist. Embraces continuous learning.

Lee-Ann Van Loggerenberg

Senior Social Worker

Marike’s responsibilities includes the assessment and customisation of our Intervention Plans to enable our customers to participate in the activities of daily living on par with their previous level of function or as close to as possible at the time of discharge.

Marike van der Kolf

Rehabilitation Programme Manager (D-Ward)

Maggie, experienced speech therapist specialising in adult neurogenic disorders. Graduated from Stellenbosch University, obtained Master's from Kwazulu-Natal. Associate and Senior Speech therapist at Aurora Hospital.

Maggie Pierpoint

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Dr. Desai 's responsibilities include providing primary and continuing medical care for our customers to promote or restore optimal health, taking account of physical, emotional and social factors.

Gnanesh Desai

Rehabilitation Medical Practioner

Deidre Kershaw, Rehab Programme Manager for Aurora's Acute Palesa team. With 20+ years' experience in Physical Rehab and Neurology, she coordinates patient journeys from Acute to in-patient settings.

Deidre Kershaw

Rehabilitation Programme Manager (Acute Therapy Team)

Jana Stander, driven by compassion to help others, embraces a positive attitude, honesty, and spreading happiness to be her best self.

Jana Stander

Senior Physiotherapist

Dedicated and determined, I am results-driven and team orientated. Driven by a strong work ethic and passion for excellence, I am committed to achieving the best possible outcomes, effectively and efficiently.

Micell Brown

Facility Manager

Donovan Clarke, dedicated healthcare professional, returned to Port Elizabeth after studies. Joined Aurora Hospital in 2017, passionate about holistic care and delivering top-notch medical management.

Donovan Clarke

Rehabilitation Medical Practitioner

Tommy Van Dyk, retired specialist surgeon, now a Rehabilitation doctor at Nurture Aurora. Caring and compassionate, connects with patients, understanding their needs during rehabilitation.

Tommy Van Dyk

Rehabilitation Medical Practitioner

Our Facilities

We use the latest in rehabilitation facilities

Nurture Aurora is close to the major private and state acute care hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay metro. It has 74 beds (single and double rooms) and a nine-bed high-care unit.

Our hospital has been designed to promote rehabilitation efficiency, enabling our staff to create a safe, supervised, and structured environment for our patients.

Specialised facilities and services include: Hydrotherapy in our indoor heated pool, occupational therapy in our gym, workshop, and kitchen, physiotherapy in our specialised physiotherapy gym.

All equipment needs can be catered for and we provide comprehensive out-patient care after a patient is discharged.

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52 Allan Drive
Walmer Downs
Eastern Province

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