We are a specialist division of the ABJ group. Our vision is to create "opportunity for new life" with integrity, humility, passion and joy. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible treatment in a caring and pleasant environment.
Alberts Cellular Therapy is the largest private practice in Africa dedicated to the treatment of blood cancer and disorders of the blood. We offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic, therapeutic and treatment services.
"Alberts Cellular Therapy (ACT) obtained JACIE accreditation in 2014 , making this centre the first and only accredited practice in Africa, to perform haematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT) according to international standards. The need to enforce quality management in the practice of highly sophisticated medical procedures such as HSCT was identified due to the increasing use of unrelated donors and international exchanges of cell products, necessitating measures to ensure consistent quality control procedures for these products. Dr Andrew McDonald heads the programme at ACT as Transplant Programme Director with more than 16 years experience in clinical haematology.
JACIE (Joint Accreditation Committee – ISCT & EBMT) is a non-profit body that was established with the combined efforts of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the European society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, two of the foremost scientific organisations working with stem cell transplants. Both of these societies are dedicated to fighting life-threatening blood cancers and diseases by using stem cell therapies to improve patients’ lives. JACIE was established for the assessment and accreditation of transplant centres all over the world in order to create a network of specialists using measurable elements to demonstrate high quality practices. The proven impact of implementing a quality program, according to the JACIE standards has several advantages namely;
Alberts Cellular Therapy works as an integrated system of facilities for patient care and the handling of stem cells (also referred to as product). Our JACIE based quality program ensures the seamless interaction and flow between the different facilities to monitor patient outcomes and facilitate procedural improvements over time. We have a Clinical facility where our physicians assess and treat patients with chemotherapy or other disease related management and then a Collection facility where stem cells are collected by either doing a bone marrow harvest in theatre or a peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) harvest using an apheresis collection machine. Our Processing Facility includes a specialized haematology laboratory for bone marrow analysis, blood tests and the necessary preparation work to cryogenically freeze the stem cells and keep them stored according to health regulations. Lastly we also have a Data department to submit reports to the EBMT registry, participate in pharmaceutical studies and to monitor the management of our donors and post-transplant patients. The quality program enables the consistent interaction and process documentation between all four of these crucial departments.
The JACIE accreditation period for a transplant programme runs over four years and an application for re-accreditation according to their updated standards will be submitted in 2018 again. During the accredited years, our centre is required to regularly submit documented proof of maintaining the core principles and framework of the quality program, thereby regularly subjecting it to external assessment by the JACIE inspection body.”
Haematology is a unique medical specialty that encompasses the disciplines of blood diseases and disorders. Haematology Services include:
Our physicians work as a team in order to maintain a dependable system to ensure continuity of care for all our patients. This may result in you being consulted by another physician other than your primary physician in the hospital ward or outpatient facility. The real benefit of a team approach is that the patient can get the opinion of a group of specialists and can feel more confident that they have explored all of their options.
Your prescribed medications will be administered in the outpatient facility by experienced, caring nurses. They will guide you through what may be a new and stressful process. We encourage you to bring anything that will make you more comfortable. Family and friends are a very important part of your experience with us, and we recognize their valuable support. We welcome your family and friends. In order to accommodate all our patients, we ask that you limit your support system while receiving treatment in the facility to only one. Unfortunately, no children under the age of 12 will be allowed in the outpatient facility.
Our physicians admit patients to Netcare Pretoria East Hospital, Moreleta Park, Pretoria.
Your chemotherapy will be ordered through DisChem. They have a mixing facility in our rooms. All prescription and refill requests must be phoned to our office during normal office hours. We cannot refill routine medications after office hours.By law, certain medications require a written prescription. For your safety, we prefer to provide written prescriptions to you at the time of your office visit rather than calling them in. Call us for a refill order. Since it’s very important for you to take your medications, please have them refilled at least three days before running out. Please contact Dischem for chemotherapy costs and home delivery queries.
Your medical records are confidential and will not be shared unless you request it in writing. At your request, we will fax your records to another physician free of charge.
Pain management is an important part of your care. Your physician will rely on you to describe your pain as accurately as possible and to take your prescribed medications correctly. If you have any questions about pain management, please feel free to ask.
Here are a few things you should know when you visit ACT.
Your first visit
Please inform reception if your medical scheme or contact details have changed.
| Alberts Cellular Therapy
Dr's Thomson Brittain & Partners Incorporated
Netcare Pretoria East Hospital
| Tel: +27 12 993 2555
Fax: +27 12 993 2429
|Emergency||Tel: +27 71 600 3285|
|Dischem||Tel: +27 12 365 1299|
Dr David Brittain:
FC Path (Haem)
Cert Clin Haematology
Dr Theo Gerdener:
MBChB (UP), FC Path (Haem)
Cert Clin Haematology (Path)
Dr Andrew McDonald:
MBChB (UCT), FCP (SA)
Cert Clin Haematology (Phys)
Dr Michael Cass:
MBChB, FCP (SA) MMed (Int Med) Cert Clin Haem (SA)(Phys)
Dr Murray Augustyn:
Dr Liesl Zeeman:
Dr Elizabeth Friend:
BA (HDE) MBChB DTMH
When calling the office, every effort will be made to answer your phone call in a timely and efficient manner. Please ask to speak to your physician’s nurse, who will assist in resolving your queries efficiently.
|Suite M34, Netcare Pretoria East Hospital
c/o Garsfontein and Netcare Road, Moreleta Park, Pretoria
|GPS: 126.96.36.199S 188.8.131.52E|