Finding a hospital that provides all your medical needs at a good price can be really hard. Especially since most private hospitals in Nairobi are expensive, and the affordable hospitals tend to get crowded. Some hospitals such as public research hospitals and mission hospitals are really good, but meeting the criteria to be admitted in a Kenyan research hospital is hard. Therefore, I have created a list of the top 10 hospitals in Nairobi, each with a short description to help you choose the facility that will best meet your needs.
KUTRRH is the only hospital in the country that provides the highest quality healthcare at an affordable price. Hence why it ranks first on my list. Also known as the Kenyatta University Hospital this is the only research hospital in the country. Since it’s owned by Kenyatta University its main aim is teaching and research. This 650-bed capacity hospital is arguably the best equipped in East and Central Africa. It has the latest and only the most modern medical equipment. Such as the newly opened Integrated Molecular Imaging Center. This will help in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer, one of the major reasons Kenyans travel abroad to seek cancer treatment. Kenyatta University Hospital is well equipped to offer highly specialized Oncology, Trauma & Orthopedics, Renal, Accident & Emergency, among other services but the oncology center is its flagship project.
The Aga Khan University Hospital is a modern teaching hospital located in Parklands, Nairobi. This is arguably the best private hospital in East and Central Africa, due to its well-trained medical staff and its quality of care. One of its standout departments is its Heart and Cancer Centre, the first of its kind in East Africa. The center located at the Jimmy Sayani Building consists of five operating theatres, twenty-three intensive care beds (including a cardiothoracic intensive care unit), and separate coronary intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, and two radiation therapy units for cancer treatment. Its other departments are just as impressive.
The Nairobi Hospital is a private hospital located in Upperhill along Argwings Kodhek Road. This hospital offers a wide range of medical services all under one roof. The facility has six operating rooms in which they carry out a wide number of surgeries including open heart surgeries, neurological surgeries, transplants, and laparoscopic surgeries. Their Intensive Care Unit has a bed capacity of 13, of which 3 are isolation rooms with 24-hour doctor coverage.
The Mater Misericordiae Hospital was opened in 1962 by a Catholic Order of Nuns from Ireland. Since then the hospital has grown to provide a wide range of medical services such as a Cardiac Program and other specialist services. The hospital has specialist clinics from where you can get medical services from Medical consultants. The Mater Misericordiae Hospital also has surgical theatres from where a wide range of surgeries is performed including pediatric cardiac surgeries. Patients who are unable to pay can also get free surgeries through the Mater Heart Fund.
AAR Hospital is the newest health facility in Nairobi City. Located on Kiambu Road opposite Karura Forest, this 140-bed hospital aims to deliver an unparalleled patient experience. The hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient services. It is equipped with a 12-bed ICU, a 9-bed HDU, and a 5-cot neo-natal unit supported by 4 operating theatres. AAR Hospital also has a doctors’ plaza to ensure all patients have easy access to specialist services.
Located in Muthaiga – Nairobi, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital is the top pediatric hospital in Eastern and Central Africa. This isn’t surprising because it was established in 1947, making it one of the oldest pediatric hospitals in the region. Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital offers numerous medical services including surgical care, emergency care, preventive care, and rehabilitation services. The hospital is licensed to provide medical care to children and teens up to 21 years of age.
The Karen Hospital is located in Karen, along Lang’ata Road. Despite being one of the newest health facilities in the country this hospital offers a wide range of medical services including Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Their other departments are also really good, and their prices are fair compared to other private hospitals in the country.
Meghji Pethraj Shah Hospital is a 240-bed capacity hospital located in Parklands along Shivaji Road. The hospital has five operating theatres that carry out the entire major sub-specialties of surgery including neurosurgery and maxillofacial/reconstructive surgery.
Coptic Hospital is located along Ngong Road in Nairobi. The hospital was founded by the Coptic Orthodox Church hence its name. Coptic Hospital offers a wide range of services including pediatric medical services, physiotherapy, occupation therapy, HDU, ICU, and theatre services.
Kenyatta National Hospital, a public hospital in Nairobi, is the top referral hospital in East and Central Africa. It is the oldest and biggest hospital in Kenya with a bed capacity of 1800 beds. Being the biggest and primary referral hospital in Kenya, Kenyatta National Hospital offers every medical service imaginable, with a large number of medical specialists and consultants. Medical services in this facility are relatively cheap. Because it aims to provide medical services to everyone regardless of income level. Kenyatta National Hospital also accepts insurance from NHIF and all the major insurance companies operating in the country.
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