Hue Central Hospital

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Hue City, Vietnam

Hospital description

Huế Central Hospital was established in 1894 as the first Western hospital in Vietnam. The hospital, providing 2078 beds and occupying 120,000 square meters, is one of three largest in the country along with Bạch Mai Hospital in Hanoi and Chợ Rẫy Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, and is managed by the Ministry of Health. HCH, positioned as the top referral hospital, is a central medical institution for the 15,3 millions of Central Vietnam population. It is also the primary training facility for the Huế Medical College.

Huế Central Hospital employs 2,016 persons, including 431 doctors and pharmacists and 18 professors. They are supplemented by 152 staff and 2,500 students of the Huế Medical College and around 300 doctors and interns continuing their professional development at the hospital. HCH is organized into 52 clinics and para-clinic departments, notably the Cardiovascular Center (co–funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and East Meets West Foundation), Blood Transfusion Center (co–funded by World Bank and the World Health Organisation) and Training Center. Annually it provides between 250 and 300 thousands of medical examinations, 60 to 70 thousands in-patient treatments and 20 thousand surgeries.

Patients from minority groups and the poor can be fully or partially exempted from medical fees. HCH administers nine national health programs in the Central Vietnam and itself receives financial and professional assistance from foreign countries like Japan and non-governmental charities. HCH was also the site of Central Vietnam’s first open heart surgery performed by Dr. Bui Duc Phu in 1999.

Current expansion projects include construction and furnishing of Ophthalmology Department, and a training center funded by Atlantic Philanthropies.and the Tumour Center, which will provide a further 300 beds.

Fundraising is currently underway to build and renovate other departments (Gynecology, Tuberculosis, Infectious Diseases etc.).


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language Vietnamese with some English and French spoken.
Funding Status Public


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