Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

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Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
Ministry of Health
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Geography
Location Accra, Accra Metropolis District, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Organisation
Care system Public - Ghana Health Service
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Ghana Medical School
Services
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1600[1]
History
Founded 9 October 1923[2]
Links
Website KBTH
Lists Hospitals in Ghana

The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is the premier health care facility in Ghana. It is the only tertiary hospital in the southern part of Ghana. It is a teaching hospital affiliated with the medical school of the University of Ghana. Three centres of excellence, the National Cardiothoracic Centre, the National Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Radiotherapy Centre are all part of it.

History[edit]

Established on October 9, 1923, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has grown from an initial 200 bed capacity to 2,000. It is currently the third largest hospital in Africa and the leading national referral centre in Ghana.

Korle Bu, which means the valley of the Korle lagoon, was established as a General Hospital to address the health needs of the indigenous people under Sir Gordon Guggisberg's administration,the then Governor of the Gold Coast.

Population growth and the proven efficacy of hospital-based treatment caused a rise in hospital attendance in Korle Bu. By 1953, demand for the hospital's services had escalated so high that the government was compelled to set up a task force to study the situation and make recommendations for the expansion of the hospital.

The government accepted and implemented the recommendations of the task force which resulted in the construction of new structures, such as the Maternity, Medical, Surgical and Child Health Blocks. This increased the hospital's bed capacity to 1,200.

Korle Bu gained teaching hospital status in 1962,when the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) was established for the training of medical doctors.

The UGMS and five other constituent schools are now subsumed under the College of Health Sciences to train an array of health professionals. All the institutions of the College however, undertake their clinical training and research in the Hospital.

At the moment, the Hospital has 2,000 beds and 17 clinical and diagnostic Departments/Units. It has an average daily attendance of 1,500 patients and about 250 patient admissions.

Clinical and diagnostic departments of the hospital include Medicine, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Laboratories, Radiology, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Polyclinic, Accident Centre and the Surgical/Medical Emergency as well as Pharmacy. Other Departments includes, Pharmacy, Finance, Engineering, General Administration.

The Hospital also provides sophisticated and scientific investigative procedures and specialisation in various fields such as Neuro-surgery, Dentistry, Eye, ENT, Renal, Orthopaedics, Oncology, Dermatology, Cardiothoracic, Radiotherapy, Radio diagnosis, Paediatric Surgery and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns.

The Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre, the National Cardiothoracic Centre and the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in particular also draw a sizeable number of their clientele from neighbouring countries such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Togo.

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital continues to blaze the trail when it comes to the introduction of specialised services. It recently carried out the first ever kidney transplant in Ghana. It is one of the few hospitals in Africa where DNA investigations are carried out. Other specialised services the Hospital provides include brachytherapy intervention for the treatment of prostate cancer and keyhole surgeries.

Plans are underway to venture into molecular testing and employ the use of cutting edge technology. All these are part of the grand plan to offer a wider spectrum of specialist care to position Ghana as the hub of health tourism within the West Africa Sub region.

Institutions[edit]

The hospital has a very large campus and has expanded to host a number of institutions. The list includes the following:

Centres of Excellence[edit]

  • National Cardiothoracic Centre[3]
  • National Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery[4]
  • Radiotherapy Centre

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation[edit]

A photograph of three smiling women standing in a row while balancing bowls on their heads, all in front of a white tent under a blue sky
Tara Teng supporting the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation at a fundraiser

The Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) is a project in aid of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.[5] It was founded by Marjorie Ratel, a nurse of neuroscience in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[6] The KBNF was involved in the foundation of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Center.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Govindaraj, Ramesh; A.A.D. Obuobi, N.K.A. Enyimayew, P. Antwi, S. Ofosu-Amaah (August 1996). "Hospital Autonomy in Ghana: The Experience of Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals" (PDF). Data for Decision Making Project. School of Public Health, University of Ghana and Harvard School of Public Health. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  2. ^ "Gold Coast under Colonial Rule 1902-1951". History of Ghana:Gold Coast era. BusinessGhana. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  3. ^ "National Cardiothoracic Centre". Korle Bu Hospital. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Reconstructive Plastics Surgery & Burns Centre". Korle Bu Hospital. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  5. ^ Gibril Koroma (August 28, 2008). "Ghana Fest 2008". The Patriotic Vanguard. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Engaging Diaspora in Development speakers". The Vancouver Sun. March 16, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "UTMB neuroscientist hopes to bring expertise to Ghana". Guidry News Service. February 5, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 05°32′16.2″N 00°13′38.67″W / 5.537833°N 0.2274083°W / 5.537833; -0.2274083