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Our history

Helping You Get Better Since 1923

Established on October 9, 1923, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has grown from an initial 200 bed capacity to 2,000. It is currently the third largest hospital in Africa and the leading national referral centre in Ghana.

Korle Bu, which means the valley of the Korle lagoon, was established as a General Hospital to address the health needs of the indigenous people under Sir Gordon Guggisberg's administration,the then Governor of the Gold Coast.

Population growth and the proven efficacy of hospital-based treatment caused a rise in hospital attendance in Korle Bu. By 1953, demand for the hospital's services had escalated so high that the government was compelled to set up a task force to study the situation and make recommendations for the expansion of the hospital.

The government accepted and implemented the recommendations of the task force which resulted in the construction of new structures, such as the Maternity, Medical, Surgical and Child Health Blocks. This increased the hospital's bed capacity to 1,200.

Korle Bu gained teaching hospital status in 1962,when the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) was established for the training of medical doctors.

The UGMS and five other constituent schools are now subsumed under the College of Health Sciences to train an array of health professionals. All the institutions of the College however, undertake their clinical training and research in the Hospital.

At the moment, the Hospital has 2,000 beds and 17 clinical and diagnostic Departments/Units. It has an average daily attendance of 1,500 patients and about 250 patient admissions.

Clinical and diagnostic departments of the hospital include Medicine, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Laboratories, Radiology, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Polyclinic, Accident Centre and the Surgical/Medical Emergency as well as Pharmacy. Other Departments includes, Pharmacy, Finance, Engineering, General Administration.

The Hospital also provides sophisticated and scientific investigative procedures and specialisation in various fields such as Neuro-surgery, Dentistry, Eye, ENT, Renal, Orthopaedics, Oncology, Dermatology, Cardiothoracic, Radiotherapy, Radio diagnosis, Paediatric Surgery and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns.

The Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burn Centre, the National Cardiothoracic Centre and the National Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine in particular also draw a sizeable number of their clientele from neighbouring countries such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Togo.

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital continues to blaze the trail when it comes to the introduction of specialised services. It recently carried out the first ever kidney transplant in Ghana. It is one of the few hospitals in Africa where DNA investigations are carried out. Other specialised services the Hospital provides include brachytherapy intervention for the treatment of prostate cancer and keyhole surgeries.

Plans are underway to venture into molecular testing and employ the use of cutting edge technology. All these are part of the grand plan to offer a wider spectrum of specialist care to position Ghana as the hub of health tourism within the West Africa Sub region.


Meet our CEO and the Directors


Dr. Gilbert Buckle

The Chief Executive

Dr. Gilbert Buckle was appointed in July, 2014 as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

Before his appointment to the current position, he was the Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), a group of 187 church-based hospitals spread across the country.
He was once the Medical Director of the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Koforidua, having worked there for several years. He also once held the position of municipal director of Health Services in the Eastern Region.
Dr. Buckle has close to two decades work experience in both public and private health facilities in the country.
He graduated as a Medical Doctor from the School of Medical Sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi in 1992. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana in 1998.

The new CEO is a member of the Ghana Medical Association, the Public Health Association of Ghana and the Institute of Directors, Ghana.
As a professionally certified Organisational and Systems Development Practitioner, Dr. Buckle has a passion for and a special interest in health systems and management.


Ph.D. Phillip Sudders

Chief of Surgery

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The Korle Bu Culture

The hospital sets out to meet and exceed the patients' expectation of care and at all times treat them with dignity and respect. It also sets out to provide the best possible work environment for its employees, which will enable them live a fulfilled social and professional life. To achieve this, an appropriate organisational culture, which gives meaning to what we do beyond just coming to work, is required. Culture defines who we are and why we do what we do. The organisational culture of the hospital is premised on the following:

Provide services that are value for money, cost efficient and cost effective


We provide services that are supported by evidence


Partner with others in the interest of improving patient care outcomes

To our dedicated and committed employees, we will

Provide opportunities for employees to function as human beings rather than as 'just' resources to be used


Provide opportunities for each employee, to develop their full potential


Provide opportunities for employees to influence the way they relate to their work and the hospital


Create an environment in which it is possible, for employees to find exciting and challenging work


Treat each employee in such a way that their individual set of needs, important to their work and life, are recognised and met

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