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Saturday 25 April 2015


Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is the oldest hospital in the country, having been founded in 1901 as the Native Civil Hospital and then King George VI Hospital in 1952. It is currently the largest national referral, teaching and research hospital.



Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya

Quality Healthcare

Kenyatta National Hospital plays a major role in healthcare delivery system in the country, East Africa and the whole of Africa region as provided for in its mandate. The hospital has an efficient and effective referral system and receives referral cases for specialized healthcare from other health institutions within and outside the country.


KNH is the hospital of choice to the majority of the population in the capital city, Nairobi, and it’s environ due to its affordability and quality healthcare The institution facilitates medical training for students of the College of Health Sciences of the University of Nairobi, The Kenya Medical Training College, and other higher learning institutions. This is in addition to facilitating research either directly and/or through other cooperating health institutions. The hospital also participates in national health policy planning.


International Healthcare Standards

Kenyatta National Hospital is well equipped to set stage for attaining continental and international healthcare standards. This has led to efficient diagnosis and patient management for better medical outcomes as well as enhanced its competitiveness in the contemporary healthcare industry at local, regional and international level. KNH has comprehensive care centre that handles HIV/Aids patients, dispensing medicine, monitoring viral loads, and counseling.



The centre has a patient support centre devoted to recovery of gender violence victims. The Accident and Emergency facility was expanded to improve patient flow. Improved integration of emergency and support services has made it a onestop patient management complex. The complex has an acute room, six emergency beds, laboratory and three spacious operating theatres dedicated to emergencies and surgery trauma patients as well as financial services, counseling and pharmacy. The hospital has also improved other services such as Radiology, Cardiology, Neonatal Critical Care Unit, laundry and power upgrade. KNH provides specialized services like open-heart operations, brain surgery, complicated eye surgery (intra-ocular), skin operations using laser and plastic surgery.

Private Wing Wards

In an effort to improve quality of services and at the same time boost its financial base, KNH opened amenity wards which today form a fully fledged Private Wing occupying the 9th and 10th floors of the Tower Block. The Private Wing concept aims at providing quality healthcare at an affordable cost and retaining most of the professional staff within reach even as they continuewith their private practice within the hospital.


The Private Wing wards have enabled the hospital to improve the quality of care and reach out to the corporate clientele. The quality of services provided in the Private Wing is comparable to that of other private hospitals. This facility has indeed given Kenyans an alternative quality medical care that is affordable and competitive to In addition, the existing services offered by KNH private hospitals have attracted clientele in some parts of Africa with patients coming from the larger Eastern and Southern Africa region for specialized care.

Doctors Plaza

These facilities enable the specialist doctors to do private practice within easy reach of the hospital. The project earns the hospital revenue and helps keep many doctors within the hospital (KNH).



Key Statistics


Staff Capacity: 6,000
Bed Capacity: 1,800 beds
Average annual Outpatient attendance: 600,000 visits
Average Annual Inpatient attendance: 89,000 patients
Average length of stay: 7 Days
Annual budgetary allocation: KSh4.6 billion