Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta commissions new referral hospital

 KENYA – President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned Kenya’s 5th level 6 hospital, Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research hospital (KUTRRH).

The  ultra-modern 650-bed state-of-the-art that includes 76- bed cancer (oncology) centre, renal unit, cardiology, physiotherapy and many other specialisations is the first hospital to operationalise the pure referral model meant to be for highly specialised and emergency cases in the country.

The Hospital is now fully operational in most speciality departments including General Surgery, Cardiology, OBS/Gyn, Neurosurgery.

The commissioning of the hospital marks a significant milestone in the health sector in Kenya as it will increase access to quality and affordable healthcare to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The President also laid of a foundation stone for the construction of  an Integrated Molecular Imaging Centre (IMIC) and Hospitality Centre  for early diagnosis and monitoring treatment of cancer and will become the only Public facility in East and Central African region to offer the comprehensive continuum of cancer care.

This centre will have state of the art PET/CT and SPECT/CT technologies that will help in early diagnosis and management of cancer that will be expected to increase the survivorship of cancer patients, reverse outbound medical tourism while at the same time increasing inbound medical tourism into Kenya.

So far, the hospital has handled, 4,737 cancer out-patients and 686 in-patients have been attended to in the facility since October 2019 when it was operationalised.

Comprehensive cancer care

Kenya has only two (2) LINAC machines (Radiotherapy Treatment Equipment) in Kenya’s public hospitals, i.e. One at Kenyatta National Hospital and the other at KUTRRH with the LINAC machine at KUTRRH (CLINAC iX) being one of the latest Radiotherapy treatment equipment with a 3D treatment and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) capability, a highly specialised mode of treatment handling 50 to 60 patients daily.

In a press statement, the management of the hospital said that KUTRRH’s mission is to enhance the quality of lives for Kenyans by providing patient-centred and evidence-based healthcare, training and innovation through the use of state-of-the-art technology and has launched its Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) that automates data collection, storage, retrieval and processing that facilitates exceptional patient experience.  

Since opening, the Hospital has seen over 60,000 patients.

“The HMIS is a powerful system that automates data collection, storage, retrieval and processing. The system has the benefit of facilitating quick and coordinated care and promotes patient safety through enhanced efficiency, an aspect that eliminates delays in care and errors hence improved patient satisfaction” read the statement.

The press statement further indicated that KUTRRH aims to be a premier national referral hospital renowned for clinical excellence, medial training, research and innovation that enhance the quality of life for Kenyans and beyond.

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