Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hospital description

Established in 1984, the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital (SJGH) and Post Graduate Medical Training Centre is a Gift from the Government of Japan to the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, as a Token of Friendship and Co-operation between the two countries. Set in serene surroundings away from the metropolitan maze and haze, SJGH affords a tranquil environment coupled with excellent medical care.

The Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital is a teaching and tertiary referral hospital. At SJGH the doctors working there do a volunteer service to teach the students from University of Sri Jayewardenepura Medical School and any other medical school students visiting the wards. SJGH is a semi-government hospital where permanent staff consultants own the wards but government doctors serve during the specializing period (kind of on the job training). It is a very clean hospital with good facilities and is very popular with Sri Lankan students. There are twenty wards in the hospital including a Nephrology unit and also Radiology services.

The theatre complex at SJGH has been designed to facilitate the unidirectional flow of material. Therefore the eight individual theatres surround a central sterilisation complex, allowing a single flow of material from the central sterile store to the far side of the theatres for disposal. A specially designed positive pressure air conditioning system ensures maximum asepsis in the operating areas, ensuring cleanliness and sterility in the environment.

The hospital also provides the standard range of Roengenographic investigations, as well as Ultrasonography and CT scanning through its Radiology department and conducts pathology investigations in its dedicated Pathology centres; Biochemistry, Microbiology, Haematology and Histopathology. Each of these labs is headed by a consultant so students interested in this area will be well supervised.

Sri Lanka has received distinction among developing countries for the high quality of medical care its people enjoy. The SJGH stands with the vanguard in Curative Medicine, offering services difficult to obtain in most parts of the region. It is classified as a Tertiary Care facility in the well ordered referal hierarchy of Sri Lanka’s state medical system.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language Sinhalese / Tamil / English (teaching)
Funding Status Public


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