Nsambya Hospital

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St. Francis Hospital Nsambya
Little Sisters of St. Francis
Location Nsambya, Kampala,  Uganda
Care system Private, Non-profit
Hospital type General
Affiliated university Uganda Martyrs University
Emergency department I
Beds 540+
Founded 1903
Other links Hospitals in Uganda

St. Francis Hospital Nsambya, commonly known as Nsambya Hospital, is a hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.


Nsambya Hospital is located on Nsambya Hill in the middle of Kampala, approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of the central business district. Nsambya Hill is a prominent city landmark in Kampala with a cathedral, elementary schools and secondary schools for both boys and girls and a barracks for the Uganda Police Force. The hill is also the location of the American Embassy in Uganda. The coordinates of Nsambya Hospital are:00 18 06N, 32 35 06E (Latitude:0.3017; Longitude:32.5850).


St. Francis Hospital Nsambya is a faith based not for profit hospital founded by the Little Sisters of St. Francis in 1903.[1]


Nsambya Hospital is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. It is accredited by the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and is operated by the Little Sisters of St. Francis. It is a tertiary referral hospital with a capacity of 361 beds. It is involved in patient care, research and teaching. It offers specialist services in surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. It serves as an "Internship Hospital" for graduates of any of Uganda's four (4) medical schools, where fresh medical graduates spend a year of internship, 3 months in each of the four specialties mentioned above under the supervision of specialists and consultants in those disciplines.

In April 2010, Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), signed an agreement with Nsambya Hospital to establish a postgraduate medical school, based at the hospital. The school offers the postgraduate degree of Master of Medicine (MMed) in the disciples of General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The degree of Masters of Medicine in Emergency Medicine is soon to commence. The first intake of students enrolled in the fall of 2010.[2] In 2010, Professor Paul D'Arbela, was appointed to serve as Professor of Medicine & Interim Dean of the Uganda Martyrs University Post Graduate Medical Education Programme.[3]

The hospital has a Quiet Garden, affiliated to The Quiet Garden Trust, used as a place of stillness, contemplation and prayer by doctors, nurses and patients.[4]

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Coordinates: 00°18′06″N 32°35′06″E / 0.30167°N 32.58500°E / 0.30167; 32.58500