Kandy General Hospital

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Kandy, Sri Lanka

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General Teaching Hospital Kandy is the second largest hospital in Sri Lanka providing free medical services to the local population. The hospital was founded in 1880 to treat migrating Tamil Indians who were suffering from poor nutrition, tropical and infectious diseases such as cholera, malaria and small pox. Over the years the hospital has broadened its scope, to provide more facilities to cater for the 2.5 million catchment area that they are now responsible for. Patients with serious illness are referred here from faraway places such as Anuradhapura, Vavuniya and Batticaloa as the remote provincial hospitals lack the required facilities. Today the hospital is known for hosting an entire range of medical and surgical specialties all under one roof, including eleven special units, seven ICU’s and 23 theatres.

Being a teaching hospital students will be working alongside local Sri Lankan students. Local students are nearly always more than happy to assist translating from the predominantly Sinhalese speaking patients, which can be beneficial for English speaking students. All teaching and discussion with supervisors is conducted in English.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language Sinhalese, English (Hospital)
Funding Status Member-state


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