PCEA Kikuyu Hospital Profile

The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) Kikuyu Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Kenya, having been founded in 1908 by Scottish Missionaries, led by Dr. Arthur. The aim of the missionaries was to educate the young boys and girls as health workers, among other objectives.

Growing slowly over the early years from its beginnings as a small first-aid centre, the hospital received a major boost in 1975 from the late President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who seconded medical staff to the hospital from the Government. In the same year, the first ophthalmic work was done at the newly-founded Eye Unit.

In addition, work on diabetes, a condition which brought so many patients to the Eye Unit, expanded in 1993 into a specialist Diabetes Unit aiming at teaching self-management to diabetic patients and their families, and also at improving knowledge and skills among health professionals. The process of establishing a centre of excellence in diabetes treatment and management is underway.

The hospital established the Eye Unit in 1975 and it serves patients from East and Central Africa and also trains medical personnel in eye care. This has inevitably made Kikuyu Hospital known well beyond the country's borders. In 1993, an orthopedic unit was set up to specifically deal with orthopedic problems not related to trauma. This program has evolved into a comprehensive Rehabilitation Centre and new facilities for this work were built and dedicated in 1998.

In 2006 Dental unit was developed in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church, USA (Fargo, North Dakota) to meet the growing demand for quality dental treatment in a pleasant environment.

PCEA Kikuyu hospital has a bed capacity of 233. The average number of outpatients that visit our facility is 170,000 annually. The average number of admissions and surgeries done per year is 8,000 and 10,000 respectively. The hospital has a fulltime workforce of 450 two thirds of whom are medics/nurses with 25 consultants and one third support services. It is situated in Kikuyu, Kiambu county, about 20km from the City of Nairobi.

The hospital is a recipient of Golden Jubilee Award year 2013 awarded by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya.

The hospital laboratory is ISO 15189/90 certified.


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