I am a general practitioner who completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town. I then went on to Port Elizabeth, where I completed my internship at the complex of tertiary and secondary hospitals. I later moved on to do my Community Service in the intensive care unit, where I also spent six months in the Department of Nephrology. In ICU I managed acutely ventilated patients and was actively involved in ventilator weaning.
Because of my keen interest in internal medicine, I moved on to the department of Cardiology within the PE Hospital complex and worked as a medical officer for a period of two years. I then decided to do my registrarship in internal medicine.
While waiting for a registrar post, I spent a total of 10 months working in the casualty departments at private hospitals in Port Elizabeth as well as GP practices, where I gained greater experience of private vs state practice of medicine. I wrote my primary examination before entering the department of medicine at Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, where I spent six months in 2012. After deciding that I wanted a family and better quality of life, I moved back to Port Elizabeth, re-joining the department of Cardiology in 2013.
After the birth of my daughter, Isabella, I moved to private practice completely, spending almost four years at Aurora Hospital, which is a centre of excellence for neurorehabilitation. While there, I gained vast knowledge and experience in the management of spinal cord injuries, traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and a variety of complex neurological problems including multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré syndrome etc. I also managed chronically ventilated patients and assisted with the commencement of and training of chronically ventilated ICU patients for ventilator weaning
Over this period, my depth and understanding of acute and chronic pain grew, as I witnessed prolonged inpatient stays as well as the challenges faced by patients, dealing with pain and varied neurological complications.
At the same time, my passion for the management of chronic pain grew and I attended various courses on chronic pain management, became involved in the management of patients with intra-thecal pumps as well as the management of spasticity with Botulinum Toxin (Botox). I am a member of Pain South Africa.
I also hold a certificate with the Foundation of Professional Development in Evaluation of Permanent Medical Impairment Rating, Based on the American Medical Association Guidelines – 6th Edition. I am completing my Diploma with the American Board of Independent Medical examiners. I currently do Road Accident Fund (RAF 4) assessments as well as medico-legal report writing, in my field of expertise.
I firmly believe that the management and treatment of chronic pain and other complications in the field of neurorehabilitation requires a multidisciplinary approach if it is to be to truly effective. My time at Aurora has taught me this, and I am grateful for it. You are only as strong as the other cogs in your wheel.
In May 2017, I moved to Cape Town to take up a post at Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre. This is a specialised centre and the only one of its kind in the Western Cape. I have gained a new perspective here as well as learning many new skills and further honing my existing skills as an integral member of our interdisciplinary team.
Moving back to the Mother City meant being closer to my family and finally returning to my hometown. I met Dr. Peyper while we were doing a course in Barcelona on the insertion and management of Intrathecal pumps. We are like-minded individuals with the same philosophy and were planning on going into practice together, but an opportunity arose for her in Canada and I am now the proud owner of the Cape Town Pain Clinic.
I am currently completing my certificate in interdisciplinary pain management. I am also currently working as a rehabilitation practitioner at Life Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
SALOME | Nursing sister
Salome is a registered nurse and has been working in a wide field of nursing since completing her degree in 1991. She started working at the Cape Town Pain Clinic in 2016. This is her ethos "Nursing is my passion, my purpose in life and my aim is to the serve my community and support patients in whichever way I can". "Salome has proven to be compassionate and empathetic, a modern day Florence Nightingale"
Dr. C Venter
Lindie Mosehuus | Dietician
Lindie completed her degree in Dietetics at The North West University, Potchefstroom. She then moved to Johannesburg, after marrying at the end of her final year. She served her community internship at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.
After her community service year she started working as a clinical dietician in private hospitals and consulted with outpatients in the afternoon. She values daily research to motivate treatment regimes, she believes in an individualised approach to patient care and diligently adheres to well researched protocols.
Annemie Baasden| Front office manager
I’m Annemie, at your service, always willing to help and make your experience with us as easy as possible. I understand it was hard to make that first call but you did, and I am grateful to have been on the other side.
“Dr. Ché Venter is the best since sliced bread”
I have referred so many people to her, who share my views. I am an incomplete tetraplegic and have suffered with chronic pain and spasticity 24 hours a day. Neither of my doctors were able to help me and quite frankly, they did not seem to care much or show compassion. Dr. Venter is caring and has compassion and empathy for her patients and their families”
Mr. Christopher Zeeman
She proved to be a highly intelligent, hardworking and dedicated doctor who exhibited a willingness to learn. I was impressed by her excellent work ethic and the caring manner in which she dealt with patients. She has an engaging personality and had an excellent rapport with her colleagues and other health care professionals.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with her.
I have no doubt that she will acquit herself well in any position she might aspire to and wish her well in her future endeavours.
Dr. Basil Brown | Clinical head of Unit, Cardiology PE Provincial Hospital
Dr. Venter is an amazing doctor who really pulls no punches when it comes to the health of her patients. She is also very dedicated to her work and has an amazing/friendly personality. Dr. Venter is one of few doctors who tells patients exactly how things are without beating around the bush. I hope everything of the best for her in her future and may she inspire and share her joy and passion with many more other patients the way she did for me.
Mr Adiel Davids
I have been under the care of Dr Che Venter since she took over the practice in Durbanville! Although my medical team has found my situation, since a pedestrian accident, to be complex and difficult to treat, due to bone degeneration, joint and neural damage bilaterally to both arms, hands and my neck, I find Dr Venter to be patient and expert in her care of me at all times. Her updated treatment to help me with my pain and overseeing my Dorsal Column Stimulator will always be appreciated.
Dr Venter is thorough and professional in all areas of my treatment.
My medical team rely on her expertise in administering and prescribing my various medications.
Anne | Patient
Dr. Venter has proved herself an enthusiastic and diligent team worker during her time here. She demonstrated excellent practical skills, knowledge of and clinical acumen in the field of internal medicine. Her practical skills included endotracheal intubation, intercostal drain insertion, arterial, hemodialysis and CVP line insertions, percutaneous peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion, and bronchoscopy on intubated patients.
Together with another junior colleague, Dr. Venter started inserting permanent dialysis catheters under ultrasound guidance when theatre availability became a problem. She then taught several other colleagues how to do this.
Lastly, she is very dedicated to her patients and will always go the extra mile for them. I can highly recommend her.
Dr. Lizette Van Der Merwe | Intensivist at Livingstone Hospital ICU