Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals is the largest medical centre in Zimbabwe. The hospital was formerly known as the Andrew Fleming Hospital, named after the principal medical officer to the British South Africa Company.

Following Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, the hospital was renamed in honour of veteran nationalist Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa.
Dr Tichafa Samuel Parirenyatwa was the first black Zimbabwean to qualify as a doctor of medicine in Rhodesia. Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals started as a small hospital in 1890 serving the colonial settlers.

From 1890 onwards, small satellite health facilities were established within this complex. By 1963 this Group of Hospitals included Salisbury Central Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Lady Chancellor Maternity Hospital, the Orthopaedic Centre and the African Outpatient Clinic. By 1974 the Andrew Fleming Hospital was commissioned and when this Group of Hospitals was renamed Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after independence, the health facilities in this complex had names changed to reflect the new postcolonial order.

To date Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has become the largest and most sophisticated hospital complex in the country with a capacity of one thousand eight hundred (1800) beds and a work force in excess of two thousand (2000) staff.

  • The Parirenyatwa Group Of Hospitals is made up of:
  • The Main Complex
  • Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Home
  • Sekuru Kaguvi Eye Hospital
  • Annexe Psychiatric Unit

Mr Noah Madziva, a Consultant Surgeon, is the hospital’s Clinical-Director.
He can be contacted at   |   Twitter @dr_madziva


Harare Central Hospital is situated in Harare’s Southerton district on a 96-hectare plot.  Harare Hospital is the biggest referral hospital in Zimbabwe and it also takes cases from the SADC region.  In addition to serving the many districts of Zimbabwe, the Hospital is also the main service Hospital for 1,5 million residents in Greater Harare.

Harare Hospital has been the Interim Teaching Hospital for the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zimbabwe since 1966 when it was the Hospital that treated blacks during the colonial period up until 1980.

Harare Hospital has well over 2 000 staff members including full-time Government Consultant Specialist doctors supported by seasonal Consultants. In addition, Professors and Lecturers from the Faculty of Medicine work at this Hospital.

Clinical training for medical students is given too at the Hospital, which is internationally recognized as a centre for compulsory internships and for postgraduate training leading to specialist qualifications.

It also has a psychiatric unit that was immortalized in Hopewell Chin’ono’s award winning documentary film, State of Mind.

The hospital has the following departments:

  • The Department of Surgery
  • The department of Medicine
  • The emergency department
  • Department of gynecology
  • Outpatients department
  • Renal unit
  • Burns unit
  • Intensive care unit
  • Opportunistic infections clinic
  • Leprosy center
  • Psychiatric department

Dr Chris Pasi, a Specialist Physician, is the hospital’s Clinical-Director.He can be contacted at


Chitungwiza Central Hospital is a public hospital located in Chitungwiza town about thirty kilometers south east of Harare. The hospital was opened in 1984 as a provincial hospital by the then Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

Chitungwiza hospital was upgraded to a central hospital in September of 2005. The hospital which offers 500 beds, also offers tertiary level health care delivery services.

The hospital attained the International Organization of Standardization status in 2008 and has retained the certificate to date. In 2014 the hospital won the first prize in the Best Service Provider category at the National Annual Quality Awards (NAQA) organized by SAZ and its partners.

The hospital’s catchment area includes Chitungwiza town, neighboring farms, Epworth and the whole of Mashonaland East Province.

There are clients who choose to seek their health care at Chitungwiza hospital from Harare and other parts of the country. It offers

  • Surgical
  • Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric
  • Casualty
  • Renal Unit
  • I.C.U
  • Opportunistic Infections (O/I)
  • Annexe/pychiatry
  • Maternity

Dr Patrick Dhliwayo, a Surgeon, is the hospital’s Clinical-Director.
He can be contacted at    |       Twitter @DrPSDhliwayo


Mpilo Central Hospital, more commonly known as Mpilo Hospital, is the largest hospital in Bulawayo, and second largest in Zimbabwe after the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare. Mpilo is a public hospital and referral centre for the Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Masvingo and Midlands provinces of Zimbabwe.

The hospital’s name, ‘Mpilo’ means ‘life’ in the native Ndebele language. Mpilo has a School of Nursing as well as a School of Midwifery, both institutions are located within the hospital campus.

Mpilo Central Hospital has a 1 000 bed capacity. It is a major paternal centre that is also a teaching hospital for the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), and has strong links with the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and several other academic institutions.

Mpilo Hospital employs over 2 300 staff across its services and it was established in 1958. It also offers:

  • Dental Treatment
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Remal Unit
  • Pathology


Dr Solwayo Ngwenya, a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, is the hospital’s Clinical-Director.He can be contacted at


The United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) is situated in the Eastern part of the city of Bulawayo. It is one of two principal referral hospitals for the Southern part of Zimbabwe.

The hospital also serves as one of the two-referral medical institutes for an urban population of about one million people.

The United Bulawayo Hospitals was opened in 1937 at Khumalo as an extension of the Old Memorial Hospital. The new hospital then, catered for white patients, in 1943 a General wing was also opened. At Zimbabwe’s independence UBH had 300 beds that have now risen to 650 beds. Currently there are plans to extend the hospital that will be done in different phases funds permitting.

It is one of the six Central Hospitals in Zimbabwe, others being Mpilo, Ingutsheni, Harare, Chitungwiza, and Parirenyatwa.

UBH services Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Matabeleland North and South Provinces, Masvingo and Midlands Provinces.

It is called the United Bulawayo Group of Hospitals because it consists of the Main Hospital, Richard Morris Hospital, Lady Rodwell Maternity Hospital and the Robbie Gibson Hospital.


Dr Narcisious T B Dzvanga, a Specialist Physician, is the hospital’s Clinical-Director.
He can be contacted at


Ingutsheni Hospital is a mental health care institution located in Belmont East in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. It is the largest psychiatric hospital in Zimbabwe with over 700 beds.

Ingutsheni is a government referral hospital, it was established in 1908 as the hospital for refugees and was meant to serve black people only in the then Rhodesia.

The white population was also assisted on a temporary basis.

The hospital was converted to a psychiatric hospital in 1933, since then its mission has been to providing quality mental health care services to the people of Zimbabwe.

Ingutsheni hospital specializes in providing psychiatric care across the whole of Zimbabwe.

Dr Wellington Ranga, a Consultant Psychiatrist, is the hospital’s Clinical-Director.
He can be contacted at