Scottish Livingstone Hospital

District General Hospital | Molepolole, Botswana

Hospital description

The district hospital is situated in Kweneng District in Molepolole in the southern part of Botswana, approximately 60 km from Gaborone. The village has a population of approximately 70, 000 and acts as a a gate way to the Kalahari Desert. Scottish Livingstone Hospital is the Government / public district referral hospital that serves the village of Molepolole and its environs / district (there is no private hospital in Molepolole). It is a 200-bed hospital, which relocated to a newly-built structure in November 2007 (see photo). SLH offers basic inpatient and outpatient medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgical care, and an Emergency Department.

The history of the state-of-the-art facility dates back to 1933/1934 when the initial hospital was built by the United Free Church of Scotland. Dr. Sheppard was the first doctor to work at the hospital. the hospital was officially launched on septemeber 3rd 1934 and that stage had 20 beds.

An “Infectious Disease Care Clinic” offers outpatient antiretroviral therapy. Hundreds of patients may queue to see one physician in the clinic on any given day. There is only intermittent access to nurse anesthetists; there is one X-ray (plain film) machine, but no radiologist. Obstetric care is largely provided by nurse midwives. Certain specialists such as ophthalmologists make intermittent but relatively rare visits (from the capital city, Gaborone).


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language English and Setswana
Funding Status Public


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