Ingutsheni Hospital Belmont, Zimbabwe
Ingutsheni Hospital is a government referral hospital in Zimbabwe, located in the second biggest city of Bulawayo. Among the specialisations that are housed here are the mother and child unit, the over 65s and under 65s departments, an adolescent department, a rehabilitation unit and a forensics departments. It also specialises in psychiatric care.
Established in 1908 as an asylum for blacks, whites were only housed temporarily until certified ‘lunatics’ then transferred to South Africa. It became a mental hospital in 1933 with the assignment of a psychiatrist from England. It’s mission is to provide, administer, coordinate, promote, and advocate for the provision of quality mental health services and care for Zimbabweans. The hospital offers out patient psychiatry and counseling services and in-patient services to psychiatry patients at various levels. It runs a three year Diploma programme in Psychiatric Nursing, an 18 month post basic Psychiatric Nursing Programme, and houses a special school for disabled children in one of its wings – St Francis home.
Bulawayo is the second-largest city in Zimbabwe after the capital Harare, with a population of more than 650,000. It is in Matabeleland, 439 km (273 mi) southwest of Harare, but is now a separate province. It was known as the industrial centre of Zimbabwe, because of its strategic position near Botswana and South Africa. Today it is the nearest large city to Hwange National Park, Matobo National Park, Tshabalala National Park and the spectacular Victoria Falls.