Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

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Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
Ministry of Health
Location Accra, Accra Metropolis District, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
Care system Public - Ghana Health Service
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Ghana Medical School
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1600[1]
Founded 9 October 1923[2]
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.


The hospital was founded in 1923[1][3] as the Gold Coast Hospital. The then governor, Gordon Guggisberg, laid the foundation for Korle-Bu Hospital in 1921, and it was opened on 9 October 1923.[2]

The hospital has expanded in phases and now has 1600 beds.[1] A statue of Gordon Guggisberg was put up in front of the old administration building of the hospital on its 50th anniversary.[4]

In 2007, funded by the World Bank and the Ministry of Health, Ghana, the standby power system to Korle-Bu was replaced after three years with no central backup supply. The expanded system of 3mVA provides power to the entire Korle-Bu Hospital and was opened by the Minister of Health, Major Courage Quashigah (retd) and G Asiedu of G&J Technical Services on 6 June 2007.[5] Prof. Nii Otu Nartey is the CEO of the hospital.[6]


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[7]
  • National Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery[8]
  • 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.[9] It was founded by Marjorie Ratel, a nurse of neuroscience in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[10] The KBNF was involved in the foundation of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Center.[11]


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b "Gold Coast under Colonial Rule 1902-1951". History of Ghana:Gold Coast era. BusinessGhana. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Founder of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital". Korle Bu Neuroscience Foundation. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  4. ^ Daniel Guggisberg. "Statue Dedication". The British Empire: Brigadier-General Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg. Stephen Luscombe. Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  5. ^ Daily Graphic.
  6. ^ "Chief Executive Officer". Korle Bu Hospital. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  7. ^ "National Cardiothoracic Centre". Korle Bu Hospital. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Reconstructive Plastics Surgery & Burns Centre". Korle Bu Hospital. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  9. ^ Gibril Koroma (August 28, 2008). "Ghana Fest 2008". The Patriotic Vanguard. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Engaging Diaspora in Development speakers". The Vancouver Sun. March 16, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "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