This is the National referral hospital of the Republic of Uganda. It is positioned on Mulago Hill in Kampala north area. It is over 5 km from the Kampala city center and lies at 0°20'16.0"N, 32°34'32.0"E. This largest hospital of Uganda is also a teaching hospital of Makerere University College of Health Sciences and joins Butabika National referral Hospital and Mbarara referral hospital to form the three referral hospitals of Uganda. Mulago hospital offers services in most medical and surgical sub-specialties in addition to emergency medicine, dentistry, intensive care and pediatrics.
The Old Mulago was established by Albert Ruskin Cook in 1913 while the New Mulago facility came to accomplishment in 1962. This national referral hospital has bed capacity of 1,790 however it stretches to even 3,000 patients. The name of this hospital is got from omulago – a Luganda word Mulago meanimg a type of medicine that was kept on this hill and was administered by Kabaka Suuna II for protection against spirits.
Sometimes referred to as Namirembe hospital, it is positioned on Namirembe hill in Lubaga division in the North West of Kampala. It is over 2 km from the city center and lies at 0°18'46.0"N, 32°33'30.0"E.
Mengo hospital is the oldest hospital in Uganda established in 1897 by Sir Albert Cook – the church missionary. The hospital was in the hands of the Church Missionary Society before transferring to the Board of governors and registered trustees in 1958. Apparently, Mengo hospital is an urban community health facility vast with the requirements of a modern hospital in sub Saharan Africa. It contains Ernest Cook Radiology department named after Ernest Cook, the Albert cook’s nephew who introduced the X- Ray machine in 1907 to East Africa and stationed it at Mengo hospital. The department of X-Ray is situated in the Sir Albert Cook building in which the Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI) is also housed. It offers training with advanced diploma courses in ultrasonography and degrees in medical imaging. The training institute is also affiliated to Thomas Jafferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and also with collaboration with Fontys University in the Netherlands.
This is positioned on Nsambya Hill, Makindye Division - Kampala city. The hospital is over 5 Km south east of Kampala city center. It lies at 0°18'06.0"N, 32°35'10.0"E. It is a faith based nonprofit health facility founded by Little sisters of St. Francis. It is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, accredited by the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and run by little sisters of St. Francis. It is considered as a tertiary referral hospital with bed capacity of 361 patients. It provides specialist services in surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics, internal medicine and gynecology. It also deals in patient care, teaching and research.
Nsambya hospital also acts an internship hospital for medical graduates from four medical schools in Uganda in which fresh graduates spend one year of training with 3 months in each of the four specialties mentioned with adequate supervision from the experts at the facility.
Rubaga hospital is positioned on the hill of Rubaga, Rubaga division – in the west of Kampala city. It is over 3 km form the city center and lies at 0°18'13.0"N, 32°33'11.0"E. the hospital was started by the white fathers in 1899 making it the oldest catholic hospital in Kampala and apparently is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala with accreditation from Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and run by the little sisters of St. Francis. It has the bed capacity of over 281 rendering the third largest hospital in Uganda after Mulago and Butabika. The hospital is a teaching hospital for Rubaga School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Butabika hospitakl is the National Referral Hospital for mental patients. It is situated in Butabika, Nakawa division – over 12 km south east of Kampala city on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the largest in Africa. It lies at 0°18'57.0"N, 32°39'33.0"E.
This is a public psychiatric hospital with funding from the Ministry of Health thus the hospital care is free. Established in 1955 it is the only psychiatric hospital in Uganda with the bed capacity of 900 patients. It also serves as a training hospital for medical students of Makerere University. This hospital also houses the Institute of Psychiatric Clinical Officers (IPCO) which is administered by the Ministry of Health that trains high school graduates to become Psychiatric Clinical Officers. This is institution is the only of its type in Eastern Africa.
International Hospital Kampala (IHK)
This is a private health facility owned by International Medical group and it is apparently the largest private initiative in Uganda. International Hospital Kampala always abbreviated as IHK is the only ISO certified hospital in Uganda and strives to provide health services that meet the international standards. This facility is positioned in Namuwongo in Makindye Division, over 6 km southeast of Kampala in southeast Kampala and lies at 0°18'19.0"N, 32°36'40.0"E.
This facility commenced its operations in 2000 with Dr. Ian Clarke – a Northern Ireland origin, a general practitioner and tropical medicine specialist as the director. It was first housed in old Kampala before relocating ton its current home in 2006. It works in collaboration with Fortis Hospital Group after signing a management agreement in 2012. Fortis Hospital Group a Delhi based group has over 80 hospitals in Singapore, India, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Mauritius with an aim of transferring medical and managerial expertise from senior Fortis doctors and nurses to Ugandan staff.