List of All Referral Hospitals in Uganda

List of All Referral Hospitals in Uganda. The number of health facilities (public, private and private not for profit) in Uganda now totals 6,937. 45.16% (3,133) of health facilities are Government owned, 14.44% (1,002) are Private and Not For Profit (PNFP) while the remaining 40.29% (2,795) are Private For Profit (PFP) and 0.10% (7) community-owned facilities.

The Government and PNFPs are mostly higher levels of health facilities while the Private For Profit facilities majorly consists of lower levels (HC IIs and clinics).

Uganda’s health facilities are classified into seven levels based on the services they provide and the catchment area they are intended to serve. The health facilities are designated as Health Centre level one (HC I) to Health Centre Level four (HC IV); General hospital, Regional Referral hospital and National Referral hospital.


Address: Plot 6, Lourdel Road, Nakasero P.O Box 7272, Kampala Uganda.

Phone:Tel: +256 417 712260

The country boasts of 4 National Referral Hospitals. These are:

Mulago National Referral Hospital

Kawempe National Referral Hospital

Kiruddu National Referral Hospital

Butabiika National Referral Hospital

Uganda now has 5 Specialized Hospitals which include:

Mulago Super Specialized Hospital

Mulago Women and Neonatal Specialized Hospital

Regional Pediatric Surgical Hospital, Entebbe

Uganda Heart Institute

Uganda Cancer Institute

There are 17 Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs) and 62 are General Hospitals (GHs) in the country.


Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mbale Hospital is a hospital in Mbale, Eastern Uganda. It is the referral hospital for the districts of Busia, Budaka, Kibuku, Kapchorwa, Bukwa, Butaleja, Manafwa, Mbale, Pallisa, Sironko and Tororo.


The hospital is located in the town of Yumbe, the political and commercial capital of Yumbe District, north-east of the town of Arua. Yumbe Regional Referral Hospital serves Yumbe District and parts of the neighboring districts of Moyo, Koboko, Maracha, and Arua.


Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Soroti Hospital is a hospital in the city of Soroti, in Soroti District, in Eastern Uganda. It is the referral hospital for the districts of Amuria, Bukedea, Kaberamaido, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, Kumi, Ngora, Serere and Soroti and other neighbouring districts,


Mubende Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mubende Hospital is a hospital in the town of Mubende, in the Central Region of Uganda. It is the referral hospital for the districts of Mubende, Mityana, Kiboga, and Kyankwanzi and other neighboring districts


Lira Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Lira Hospital, is a hospital in Lira in the Northern Region of Uganda. It is the referral hospital for the districts of Amolatar, Apac, Dokolo, Lira, Kole, and Oyam


Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Jinja Hospital, is a hospital in the city of Jinja, in the Eastern Region of Uganda. It is one of the largest hospitals in eastern Uganda,


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.


Entebbe Regional Referral is located in the central business district of the town Entebbe town, in Wakiso District, which is a public hospital funded by the Uganda Ministry of Health.


Kawempe National Referral Hospital, also known as Kawempe  National Referral Hospital, is a hospital in Uganda. It is an urban,  hospital built between 2014 and 2016 . The hospital was constructed by the government of Uganda, with funding from the African Development Bank and the Nigeria Trust Fund.


In 2013, the Ugandan government secured a loan from AfDB and NTF. The purpose was to rehabilitate and improve the Mulago National Referral Hospital, construct Kawempe Referral Hospital and Kiruddu Referral Hospital to enable reorganize healthcare delivery in Kampala. She will enable to shift the patient burden these Hospital as part of the new envisaged national referral system.

Kiruddu Referral Hospital is in the neighborhood of Kiruddu, on Buziga Hill, in Makindye Division, one of the five administrative units of the Kampala Capital City Authority. The hospital opened to the public on 16 May 2016. Kiruddu has two mail specialties including Internal Medicine and burns and plastic surgery. As at August 2016, Kiruddu Hospital’s fourteen outpatient clinics attends to about 250 patients daily.

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Kiryandongo Hospital is located 225Km along the Kampala – Gulu highway. The hospital is in kikube parish, Kiryandongo sub-country, Kibanda Country in Kiryandongo district. It is a 109 bed hospital serving a population of over 400,000 people from areas of Kiryandongo, Masindi, Nakasongola, Oyam, Apac, Amuru and Nwoya districts. The hospital offers a number of services including; OPD, inpatient, Opthalmology, X-ray, ultra sound, Orthopedics, health promotion and education, occupational therapy, HIV immunization, environmental health, special clinics among others. It was constructed because of its proximity on the highway of Kampala to Gulu and there was no any other hospitals in the region expect Masindi hospital that was considered to be far. Before this there was a small health centre that was started in 1930’s. The construction of the hospital started in the early 1970’s and was officially opened in 1974.


The hospital – In 1959, Mgr. G.B. Cesana, a Comboni Catholic Missionary and Bishop of Gulu, founded St. Mary’s Hospital near Lacor, a village a few kilometres west of Gulu, the main town in Northern Uganda. In 1961 Piero Corti, a young Italian paediatrician, was assigned the direction of the hospital. This consisted of one outpatient department and few wards with about 30 beds and few Comboni Missionary sisters who were midwives and nurses, and some local staff trained on the job. The chaplain and the “builder brother” were also Comboni. Other wards were under construction. Piero was soon joined by a young Canadian surgeon, Lucille Teasdale. They had met in Montreal a couple of years earlier during their postgraduate studies and had shared their dream of being missionary doctors. Lucille accepted Piero’s offer to get the surgical ward at St. Mary’s up and running “for a couple of months”. Their marriage in December 1961 in the hospital’s chapel was the start of a lifelong commitment in developing Lacor Hospital “to offer the best possible care to the greatest number of people at the least cost”.


Buwenge is situated on the main highway between Jinja and Kamuli. It is bordered by Luzinga to the northeast, Butamira to the southeast, Mabira to the south, Mawoto to the west and Kiroro to the north. The town is located approximately 31 kilometres (19 mi), by road, north of Jinja, the largest city in Busoga sub-region.


Nakasongola Military Hospital is a military hospital in Uganda. It is the only accredited hospital in Nakasongola District


Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mbarara Hospital, is government owned referral hospital and a teaching hospital for The Medical School of Mbarara University of Science and Technology. The hospital was founded in 1940 and it has a bed capacity of 600. It is the referral hospital for the Western region and specifically for the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kiruhura, Ibanda, and Isingiro.


This Hospital was constructed in the 1940s and is located in Moroto Municipality in the Karamoja sub region of North Eastern Uganda. The Hospital has a catchment area of 7 districts in the region which include: Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Kaboong, Kotido, Abim and Amudat. Formerly a General Referral Hospital, Moroto was elevated to Regional Referral Hospital status on 1 July 2009.With the help of a World Bank loan, Moroto regional referral hospital has been rehabilitated and re-equipped and now boosts of new infrastructure.


Having started in 1927 as a treatment centre for World War I veterans, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital was elevated to regional referral status in 1996.The hospital has a 330 bed capacity with an annual admission of 23,456 patients giving a bed occupancy rate of 90.6%. However with the completion of a new mega hospital facility, the bed capacity is expected to increase to about 540 beds. Masaka Regional Referral hospital offers all services expected of a regional referral health facility but also offers nutritional support for both children and adults.


China-Uganda Friendship Hospital Naguru (CUFH-N) donated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China was completed and handed over to the Government of Uganda on 6th January 2012. Naguru Hospital is a meant to decongest Mulago National Referral Hospital, the only general public hospital serving an estimated 3 million inhabitants of the Kampala Metropolitan Area. The hospital has a vision of being a centre of excellence in providing specialized and general health services.


Hoima Regional Referral Hospital is located in Hoima Municipality, about 200 km west of Kampala. The hospital caters for populations of the Greater Bunyoro Region, encompassing the districts of Bunyoro viz: Hoima,Kibale, Masindi, Bulisa, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga and the Eastern part of DR Congo; overall grossing over 3 million people. The present bed capacity is 300. The hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Uganda, dating as far back as 1935. Initially, it was meant to serve a very small population at district level but in 1994 it was upgraded to referral status targeting the greater Bunyoro Region.


Arua Hospital was elevated to a regional referral facility in 1994. The Hospital is a public hospital, funded by the Uganda Ministry of Health and general care in the hospital is free. It is one of the thirteen (14) Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda. The hospital is designated as one of the fifteen (15) Internship Hospitals in Uganda where graduates of Ugandan medical schools can serve one year of internship under the supervision of qualified specialists and consultants.


Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is a 280 bed hospital located in Kabale Municipality in Southwestern Uganda, approximately 426 Kilometers from kampala. The hospital serves a population of about 2 million people in the districts of kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Kanungu, and some parts of Ntungamo as well as people from neighboring countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mission of the hospital is to provide quality and sustainable, general and specialised, health services to all people in Kigezi region.


Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, commonly known as Fort Portal Hospital, sometimes referred to as Buhinga Hospital, is a hospital in the town of Fort Portal, in Kabarole District, Western Uganda. It is the referral hospital for the districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Ntoroko and Kyenjojo


Mulago Hospital was founded in 1913,and  is the main National Regional Hospital  for the entire country and a teaching hospital for the Makerere College of Health Sciences. It also  serves as a  general hospital for the Kampala metropolitan.  Mission Statement: To provide super specialized healthcare, training and conducting operational research in line with the requirements of Ministry of Health. 2014 /15 Inputs In 2014/15 Mulago had 1,880 staff this constituted 67% of the staffing positions leaving a gap of 581 staff to be filled. Mulago hospital had an annual budget of 38.14 billion in 2014/15. 2014 /15 Outputs The patient load in Mulago hospital continues to be too heavy and affecting quality of services. During FY 2014/15, the hospital attended to  829,817 outpatient visits; 761,573 inpatients; 61,568 emergencies; 28,759 total ANC visits; 39,081 deliveries; 11,120 postnatal visits; 1,738,652 lab tests; 33,949 X-rays; 27,142 ultrasound scans; 49,680 immunization contacts; 13,397 major surgeries; 9,701 FP contacts. The bed capacity rate for the hospital is 63%.

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Butabika hospital offers super specialised and general mental health services, conducts mental health training

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