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Top 20 Hospitals in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island country in South Asia. It is the 25th most populous country in the world and has a population of around 21 million people.

The health system in Sri Lanka is well-developed and managed by the government. Sri Lankan citizens have access to free healthcare through the Ministry of Health. The government also pays for 50% of all medical treatment costs while private hospitals cover the other 50%.

Sri Lanka’s health system is among one the best in Asia and provides its citizens with good quality healthcare services at affordable rates.

The top 20 Hospitals in Sri Lanka are:

1. National Hospital, Colombo:

The National Hospital of Sri Lanka is located in Colombo. It was built in 1881 and has been the country’s leading hospital since then. The hospital has a total of over 1,200 beds with a team of over 3,000 staff members.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital offers a wide range of services to its patients including general surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. The National Hospital also offers medical services such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

It has many facilities including an emergency department, intensive care unit, cardiac catheterization laboratory, and a CT scanner.

2. General Hospital, Kandy:

General Hospital, Kandy is one of the largest hospitals in Sri Lanka. It is a teaching hospital and it has a lot of facilities. It houses many units and departments.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital has an emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit, and surgical wards. The hospital also has specialist departments such as the eye clinic, ENT clinic, orthopedic clinic, rehabilitation center, and psychiatric ward.

The General Hospital is located in Kandy which is about 100 kilometers from Colombo.

3. National Hospital, Gampaha:

National Hospital, Gampaha is a general hospital in Sri Lanka. It is one of the largest hospitals in the country.

 
 
 
 
 
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It has a bed capacity of 730 beds and serves a population of over 3 million people in Western Province.

The hospital provides tertiary care services to all regions in the Western Province and some neighboring provinces.

This hospital was established on 13th November 1827 as an asylum for lepers by Drs James Spence, Henry Wright, and William Swanston. It was opened to the general public on 1st June 1832 with a bed capacity of 25 beds and it was upgraded to General Hospital status on 1st July 1857.

National Hospital, Gampaha has been designated as the provincial referral hospital since 1978 by the Ministry of Health.

4. Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo:

The Nawaloka Hospital is a private hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 
 
 
 
 
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Nawaloka Hospital is a private hospital in Colombo. It was established by the Nawaloka Foundation and started its operations in 1997. The hospital has become one of the best private hospitals in Sri Lanka with its state-of-the-art facilities and medical services.

The Nawaloka Hospital offers different types of medical services including General Medicine, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Neurology, Pediatrics, Gynecology, Gastroenterology, and Urology. The hospital has a total bed capacity of 214 beds with 120 beds for adults and 94 beds for pediatric patients.

5. Nivandha Medical Centre, Colombo:

The Nivandha Medical Centre is a private medical facility that offers healthcare services in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It has been established for more than 45 years and the hospital has a well-equipped laboratory, pharmacy, and imaging facilities.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital offers a wide range of services including general surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and trauma surgery, ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery, pediatric surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology and cardiac surgery, urology, and nephrology, etc.

It also offers cosmetic surgeries like liposuction (fat removal), face-lift (facial rejuvenation), breast augmentation (breast enlargement), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Apart from these surgeries the hospital also provides dental treatments like root canal treatments/endodontics/crowns/bridges etc.

6. Anuradhapura General Hospital:

The Anuradhapura General Hospital is a public hospital situated in the city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The hospital was established in 1826 as a general hospital for the population of North Central Province.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Anuradhapura General Hospital is the largest in North Central Province and serves as the referral center for most of the district hospitals in this province. It has approximately 350 beds and provides tertiary healthcare services to a population of about 1.5 million people living in this region.

7. Kelaniya General Hospital:

The Kelaniya General Hospital of Sri Lanka is a public hospital situated in the heart of the Kelaniya suburb in Colombo. It is one of the largest hospitals in Sri Lanka and has been serving for more than a century.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Kelaniya General Hospital provides medical care to all kinds of patients including children, adults, pregnant women, and elderly people. The hospital has many facilities including different wards, operating theaters, laboratories, and X-ray rooms.

8. Weerawila Teaching Hospital, Negombo:

The Weerawila Teaching Hospital (WTH) is a state-of-the-art tertiary healthcare facility, located in the Negombo region of Sri Lanka. The hospital is situated in a rural hilly area and has an extensive catchment population.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Sri Lankan government established the hospital under the Ministry of Health to provide comprehensive healthcare to all those who need it, irrespective of their economic status or ethnicity.

9. Kalubowila Teaching hospital:

Kalubowila Teaching hospital is the largest teaching hospital in Sri Lanka. It has a total of 6,000 beds and provides care for all major medical and surgical specialties. The hospital has modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Kalubowila Teaching Hospital was established in 1956 and is the largest teaching hospital in Sri Lanka. It is located on the outskirts of Colombo and has a total of 6000 beds which can accommodate any patient from any part of the country.

The hospital also provides care for all major medical and surgical specialties as well as 24-hour emergency services, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, clinics, diagnostic laboratories, a blood bank, etc. The Kalubowila Teaching Hospital has modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment that can

10. General Hospital, Colombo:

The General Hospital in Colombo is located on the banks of the Kelani River. The hospital was built in 1881 and is now one of the largest hospitals in Asia.

 
 
 
 
 
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The General Hospital has a total of 14,000 beds, with 600 beds reserved for intensive care patients. The hospital has a staff of over 3000 doctors and nurses. The building covers an area of about 3 million square feet with about 1 million square feet for patient wards, 800,000 square feet for administrative functions, and 600,000 square feet for research and education.

11. Narahenpita Children’s Hospital, Colombo:

Narahenpita Children’s Hospital is a public hospital in Colombo. It was established in the year 1892 by Dr. Henry Wright and it is the first children’s hospital in Sri Lanka.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital has a capacity of 100 beds, which includes a medical ward, surgical ward, maternity ward, and pediatric ward. There are also outpatient clinics that are available for children and adults. The hospital also has an ambulance service that operates 24 hours a day to provide emergency services to patients in Colombo and its suburbs.

The Narahenpita Children’s Hospital has been providing quality healthcare services for over 120 years now.

12. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kandy:

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is a public hospital in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It was built by the British in 1868. The hospital is one of the oldest and most prestigious hospitals in Sri Lanka.

 
 
 
 
 
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital has a long history of serving the people of Kandy and its surrounding areas. It was established as a sanatorium for those suffering from tuberculosis and now it provides healthcare services to all sections of society, including those with chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and kidney disease.

The hospital has an outpatient department that provides treatment for general conditions and injuries without requiring an overnight stay in the hospital. The Department also offers specialty clinics for cardiology, diabetes mellitus, skin conditions, and psychiatry.

13. Provincial General Hospital, Kurunegala:

Provincial General Hospital, Kurunegala of Sri Lanka is a tertiary hospital which is located in Kurunegala. It was established in the year 1879 by British Governor Sir William Gregory. The hospital has a bed capacity of over 600 beds and has all the necessary facilities like an Accident and Emergency Unit, Out-patient Department, Operating Theatre Complexes, etc.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital is also equipped with all necessary medical equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The hospital has an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 10 beds to provide high-level care to critically ill patients. The ICU is well equipped with modern medical equipment such as ventilators, defibrillators, ECG monitors, etc.

14. District General Hospital, Matara:

The District General Hospital, Matara has a history of over 150 years. It was established in 1866 as the Matara Native Hospital. It is one of the oldest hospitals in the country. The hospital offers a variety of services to its patients and it is one of the leading hospitals in Sri Lanka.

 
 
 
 
 
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It is situated on an elevated site on the banks of the Nilwala River, near the sea coast, and within easy access to important commercial and residential areas. The hospital provides facilities for outpatient treatment, general in-patient care, surgical services, medical care, and rehabilitation care for all age groups from infants to elderly people.

The hospital has a capacity for 600 beds with 60 beds for intensive care patients and 30 beds for post-operative patients.

15. National Institute of  Mental Health (NIMH), Moratuwa:

NIMH is a research institute in Sri Lanka. It is also the leading mental health institute in the country. It is located in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. NIMH has around 700 employees and provides treatment to around 17,000 patients every year.

 
 
 
 
 
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NIMH was founded by Dr. K M Dias who was the director of Mental Health Services for the Ministry of Health at that time. The institute was inaugurated on 27th December 1977 by then President J R Jayawardene.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is located in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and it has been serving people with mental illness since 1977.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides treatment to around 17000 patients every year.

16. Ruhuna Regional Teaching hospital (RRTH), Galle:

The Regional Teaching Teaching Hospital (RRTH) is located in the Southern Province, of Sri Lanka. It is situated on the Galle-Matara Highway, about 6.5 kilometers from Matara town.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital was established in 1974 and has grown to be a tertiary-level teaching hospital with many specialties and facilities for patient care and treatment. The RRTH is a tertiary-level teaching hospital with many specialties and facilities for patient care and treatment.

17. Diyatalawa Teaching hospital :

The Diyatalawa Teaching Hospital is a public hospital in Sri Lanka. It is the only tertiary care hospital in the country’s North Central Province and serves a population of over 2 million people.

 
 
 
 
 
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Diyatalawa Teaching Hospital was established as a small dispensary in 1883 by Dr. James H. Taylor, who was then the Government Agent for Uva Province. The dispensary was converted into a hospital in 1924 and has been operating as such ever since.

The Diyatalawa Teaching Hospital is located in Diyatalawa town, which is situated about 30 km from Anuradhapura city, the capital of North Central Province, and about 180 km from Colombo city, the capital of Sri Lanka.

18. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Teaching Hospital:

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Teaching Hospital of Sri Lanka is located in the suburb of Colombo. It is a modern hospital with state-of-the-art facilities.

 
 
 
 
 
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The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Teaching Hospital of Sri Lanka has an emergency department, wards, operating theatres, and diagnostic centers. The hospital also has a laboratory and X-ray facilities to help diagnose patients.

19. Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital:

Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital is a public hospital in Sri Lanka. It is the first and largest hospital in Sri Lanka.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital was established in 1834 as a small dispensary and maternity home. The building of the present-day hospital was completed on 10 February 1879, and it became known as General Hospital, Colombo.

It has grown to be one of the most important hospitals in South Asia. It has been declared by WHO as an official Regional Medical Center (RMC) for the South East Asia region.

The hospital provides health care services to all people irrespective of their caste, creed, or religion. The hospital has a staff strength of over 1,000 doctors and 4,000 nurses who provide healthcare services to over 3 million patients per year at this facility alone.

20. Negambo Base Hospital:

Negombo Base Hospital is a tertiary care hospital located in Negombo, Sri Lanka. It has a capacity of over 400 beds and has the largest number of wards among Sri Lankan hospitals. The hospital is also the first teaching hospital in the country with an undergraduate medical school.

 
 
 
 
 
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The hospital was established as a private institution in 1844 by an Englishman named Thomas Walker who was then serving as the colonial surgeon for Ceylon. The government took over the institution in 1859 and became known as Negombo General Hospital. In 1979, it was renamed as Negombo Base Hospital and became one of Sri Lanka’s six base hospitals.

In 2000, Negombo Base Hospital became the first hospital to offer specialized treatment for HIV/AIDS patients under its AIDS Control Unit.

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The top 20 Hospitals in Sri Lanka are:

1. National Hospital, Colombo

2. General Hospital, Kandy

3. National Hospital, Gampaha

4. Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo

5. Nivandha Medical Centre, Colombo

6. Anuradhapura General Hospital

7. Kelaniya General Hospital

8. Weerawila Teaching Hospital, Negombo

9. Kalubowila Teaching hospital

10. General Hospital, Colombo

11. Narahenpita Children’s Hospital, Colombo

12. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kandy

13. Provincial General Hospital, Kurunegala

14. District General Hospital, Matara

15. National Institute of  Mental Health (NIMH), Moratuwa

16. Ruhuna Regional Teaching Teaching hospital (RRTH), Galle

17. Diyatalawa Teaching hospital

18. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Teaching Hospital

19. Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital

20. Negambo Base Hospital

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