Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Gulu, Uganda

Hospital description

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Gulu Hospital, is located in Gulu, Northern Uganda. The hospital serves a wide catchment area which includes the following districts; Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Lamwo and Pader. It is affiliated with Gulu University.

The hospital is publicly funded by the Uganda Ministry of Health and general care at the hospital is free. It is staffed by medical students and residents, supervised by Gulu University academic staff and Uganda Ministry of Health consultants. It is one of thirteen Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda, as well as one of fifteen Internship Hospitals in Uganda, which means that graduates from medical schools can serve one year of internship under the supervision of qualified specialists and consultants.

The hospital has a Palliative Care team made up of 2 specialist nurses, 1 clinical officer and 1 social worker, all whom have full time jobs outside of their palliative care commitments. There is currently a need to more extensive palliative chemotherapy, as well as radiotherapy facilities. The Palliative Care objectives of the hospital are as follows:

- To alleviate pain and suffering of both in patients and out patients.
- To equip and train hospital staff in palliative care.
- To establish clear baselines for the care teams to work from.

The hospital also faces challenges due to the high number of patients and pressure on trained staff. The departments at the hospital are as follows:

- Obstetrics/Gynaecology
- Internal medicine
- Paediatrics
- Ophthalmology
- Surgery/Orthopaedics
- Mother and Child Clinics
- Community Health
- Palliative Care
- Mental Health
- Physiotherapy

The city of Gulu is the largest metropolitan area in Uganda’s Northern Region and it is located 343km north of Uganda’s capital and largest city, Kampala. The majority of the population of the city are Christians and spoken languages include Luo, Swahili, English and Luganda.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language English / Swahili
Funding Status Public


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