Kenya is still a developing nation in many respects, including when it comes to healthcare. The country’s life expectancy still lies at 63 years, with maternal and infant mortality remaining relatively high. It was reported that Kenya spent only a meagre 5.1% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare in 2002. This was well below the high-income OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries’ average of 9.8% for the same period. Moreover, the total amount spent on healthcare stands at about US$6.2 per capita, which is way below the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended level of US$34 per capita. Despite all these, healthcare facilities in Kenya have started experiencing gradual growth and development in recent times; becoming well-known for up-to-standard healthcare delivery. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the leading hospitals in Kenya.

A Comprehensive List of Leading Accredited Hospitals in Kenya

There are more than 35 notable hospitals in Kenya, located in the different cities and provinces of the country including Nairobi, the Coastal, Central, Rift Valley and the Nyanza Provinces respectively. Below is the list of accredited Hospitals in Kenya according to their locations.

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Hospitals in Nairobi

1. Mbagathi District Hospital

Location: Kenyatta Golf Course Location, Dagoretti District of Nairobi County.
Year of establishment: 1950s

The hospital was originally known as “Infectious Diseases Hospital” (IDH) under the then “King George VI Hospital,” currently Kenyatta National Hospital. It was initially built to offer health care services, mainly for infectious diseases which required isolation such as Tuberculosis, Measles, Meningitis and Leprosy. Currently, the IDH, curved from Kenyatta National Hospital has become the autonomous District Hospital in Nairobi.

2. The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH)

Locations: Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa
Year of establishment: 1985

AKUH is a private, not-for-profit hospital, that provides access to quality healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.

3. Pine Breeze Medical Training Hospital

Location: Nakuru/Nairobi Highway
Year of establishment: 1992

4. Avenue Hospital

Location: Parklands, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 1976

Avenue Hospital Nairobi is a complex 7 Storied 140 bed private health facility. The Hospital’s facilities include a 24 hour Outpatient Department, General Medical and Surgical wards, Paediatric ward, among others.

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5. Guru Nanak Hospital

Location: Pangani, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 

Guru Nanak Hospital is a private hospital in Nairobi that offers services including accidents and emergencies, Outpatient and In-patient services, Laboratory services, X-Ray and Ultra Sound services, Mobile X-Ray unit, Physiotherapy department, Maternity unit for delivery services, Maternal child health services, and so on.

6. Gertrudes Garden Children’s Hospital

Location: Muthaiga, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 1947

Gertrudes Garden Children’s Hospital is a non-profit organization that provides health services as well as research and training for healthcare professionals. It is regarded as the largest children’s hospital in Kenya.

7. Karen Hospital

Location: Karen, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 

8. Kenyatta National Hospital

Location: Nairobi
Year of establishment: 1901

Known as the oldest and largest hospital in Kenya, Kenyatta National Hospital is a public tertiary referral hospital for the Ministry of Health, as well as the teaching hospital of the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences.

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9. Mariakani Cottage Hospital

Location: South B
Year of establishment: 1984

Mariakani is a private Hospital incorporated in Kenya. It is an extension development of Umoja Medical Clinic.

10. Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Nairobi

Location: Industrial Area
Year of establishment: 1962

11. Metropolitan Hospital

Location: Eastlands, Kenya
Year of establishment: 1994

12. Nairobi Hospital

Location: Nairobi
Year of establishment: 1954

Nairobi Hospital is a private hospital located on Argwings Kodhek Road, in the neighbourhood of Upper Hill. It was officially opened by the British colonial masters on 9 April 1954, as an exclusively European Hospital. The name was changed to ‘The Nairobi Hospital’ on 19 October 1961 when it began serving non-Europeans.

13. Coptic Hospital

Location: Nairobi
Year of establishment: 1970s

The hospital offers 24/7 inpatient and outpatient services.

4. Nairobi West Hospital

Location: Nairobi
Year of establishment: 

15. Nairobi Equator Hospital

Location: Nairobi
Year of establishment:

16. St. Mary’s Hospital (Langata)

Location: Lang’ata, Nairobi
Year of establishment:

St. Mary’s Hospital is a Kenyan Christian community hospital that focuses on health care ministry and service to low-income earners.

17. Bristol Park Hospital

Location: Nairobi Tassia
Year of establishment: 2008

The hospital’s headquarters is located within Tassia Estate in Southern Eastern Nairobi, behind Tassia School, at the junction of Outering Road, Tassia.

18. The Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Hurlingham

Location: Hurlingham, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 2001

The hospital specialises in Obstetrics and Gynecology. They also offer general medical and surgical services.

19. Nazareth Mission Hospital

Location: Riara ridge, Kiambu
Year of establishment: 1964

Nazareth is a mission hospital run by the Kenya Episcopal Conference-Catholic Secretariat, located in Limuru, Kiambu County.

20. The Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Adams

Location: Adams Arcade, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 2009

21. MP Shah Hospital

Location: Parkalands, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 

M.P. Shah Hospital is a multi super-specialty, state-of-the art, tertiary care hospital with a current capacity of 200 fully functional operational beds, 30 dedicated critical care beds, 10 renal dialysis units and 12 chemotherapy units. It also provides all the modern out-patient and in-patient facilities with dedicated pavilions / wards, specialty clinics, radiology, pathology and cath lab operations.

22. Avenue Hospital, Kisumu

Location: Parklands, Nairobi
Year of establishment: 1976

Besides providing health care services, the 65-bed hospital provides Ambulance Services, Emergency Medical Technician courses, and DIT certified First Aid and Emergency courses.

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Coastal Province Hospitals

23. Coast Hospice

Location: Mombasa
Year of establishment: 2001 

The Coast Hospice provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses in the Coast region. It is a registered charity which began operations in August 2001. The hospice is situated behind the Coast General Hospital, next to the Medical Training College in Mombasa.

24. A.I.C Kijabe Hospital

Location: Mombasa
Year of establishment: 1915

AIC Kijabe Hospital is a faith-based hospital sponsored by the Africa Inland Church (AIC) Kenya. It currently has a bed capacity of 363 with nine operating theatre rooms, modern ICU, Dental, and Laboratory/ Pathology units.

25. Diani Beach Hospital

Location: Diani
Year of establishment: 1997

Diani Beach Hospital is a premier private healthcare service. Facilities at the hospital include out-patient clinics, in-patient services, Physiotherapy, X-Ray, laboratory, dentistry, ICU care, minor and major theatres.

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26. Aga Khan Hospital

Location: Mombasa
Year of establishment: 1944

27. MEWA Hospital

Location: Mombasa
Year of establishment: 1995

The hospital is a project of the Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA). It provides in-patient and out-patient services operating 24 hours per day.

28. Mombasa Hospital

Location: Mombasa
Year of establishment: 1891

The Mombasa Hospital is regarded as the oldest and largest private healthcare facility in the Coast Province of Kenya.

Central Province Hospitals in Kenya

29. A.I.C Kijabe Hospital

Location: Kijabe
Year of establishment: 1915

30. Consolata Hospital

Location: Nyeri
Year of establishment: 1937

The hospital is a level V faith-based health facility owned and managed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri.

31. Nanyuki Cottage Hospital (NCH)

Location: Nanyuki
Year of establishment: 1934

Just as the name implies, the Nanyuki Cottage Hospital is a nonprofit hospital with 50 inpatient beds, operating theatre, laboratory, X-ray department and pharmacy. NCH is located at the foot of Mt. Kenya one kilometre off the Nanyuki Nyeri Highway.

32. P.C.E.A. Kikuyu Hospital

Location: Kikuyu
Year of establishment: 1908

The hospital has two major units; the Orthopedic and Eye unit and specializes in general orthopaedics as well as rehabilitative orthopaedic surgery for persons with Physical impairments.

33. P.C.E.A. Tumutumu Hospital

Location: Karatina
Year of establishment: 1909

Rift Valley Province Hospitals

34. Barnet Memorial Hospital, Kabarnet

Location: Baringo County
Year of establishment: 1997

Barnet Memorial Hospital is a Private Hospital & Nursing Home Located along Stadium Road, Kabarnet in Baringo County.

36. St Mary’s Mission Hospital, Gilgil

Location: Gilgil
Year of establishment: 

After the unrest that sprouted due to tussle over the management of the hospital, Nuns from the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi have reportedly taken over the management of St Mary’s Mission Hospital.

Nyanza Province Hospitals

36. Aga Khan Hospital

Location: Kisumu
Year of establishment: 1957

37. Nyanza Provincial Hospital

Location: Kisumu
Year of establishment:

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