United Bulawayo Hospitals (Central Hospital)

District General Hospital | Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Hospital description

The United Bulawayo Hospitals are two combined hospitals and make up a large facility in the city of Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo has grown so large that it is considered a standalone province in the heart of Matebeleland. The hospital is subsidised heavily by the Zimbabwean government and has a number of international staff, some of whom have trained in British establishments. The hospitals are the Mpilo Hospital and the Central Hospital. Students may be attached to either hospital on this elective, but may wish to apply separately to the Mpilo establishment (also listed on TEN).

The Central Hospital must run economically as there is little in the way of medical supplies and the hospital can often run short. There are some good facilities, such as a working blood investigations unit and radiology department, and some of the more difficult cases can be transferred to Mpilo for further investigation/treatment. There is also a large outpatients department which moves with some efficiency, however patients often present in an advanced state, coming into the hospital as a last resort after consulting with local traditional healers. The hospital now also offers cancer screening routinely in the maternity section in addition to running HIV/AIDS testing centres and clinics.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language Ndebele/Shona English
Funding Status Public


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