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Teaching Hospital Kandy Current Status

Statistics GraphThe Teaching Hospital - Kandy is the second largest hospital in the Island. According to the plans its extent is 58.409 acres. 186,807 patients have been admitted to the hospital in year 2011. There have been 49 types of specialty clinics and 844,480 patients have been treated in those clinics.  3 days treatments of OPD (Out Patients Department) have been given to 371,309 patients in the same year.

There are 5048 staff members who render their service to the hospital in various disciplines. Total numbers of Consultants are 83. Grade Medical officers and the Intern Medical officers together come into 603.

The Hospital Statistics at a Glance

  • 2292 Beds
  • 78 Wards
  • 13 Special Units
  • 10 Intensive Care Units (ICUs)
  • 24 Operating Theatres
  • 49 Specialties



The medical and surgical specialties covered in the hospital include the following specialties covering almost all medical and surgical specialities under a single Institution.

Rheumatology Cardiothoracic surgery Renal Transplant Units
Neurosurgery Physiotherapy, Orthopedic surgery
Gastroenterological surgery ENT Dental Surgery
Dermatology STD Radiology
Microbiology Laboratory services Obstetrics and Gynecology
Psychiatry General Medicine General Surgery
Chest Medicine Cardiology Plastic surgery
Cardiothoracic surgery Oncology Oncological surgery
Nursing school Judicial Medicine Postgraduate Center
Nephrology Endocrinology Out patient Department
Neurology Gastroenterology Ophthalmology
Pathology Pediatrics Paediatric surgery Intensive care
Haematology Urology Emergency Treatment Unit

History of the Teaching Hospital, Kandy

Military Hospital, KandyThe fall of Kandyan Kingdom in 1815, lead to establishment of Western (English) Medicine and initiation of Hospitals throughout the Island. Dr. John Davy was an army surgeon and physician to Governor Sir Robert Brownrigg from 1817 to 1819. He came to Kandy with the British Troops and lived next to Diyawadana Nilame’s resident in Malabar Street.(At present it is named as Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha).

A Military Hospital was built in a renovated existing building and was located at the site of the present “Kandyan Art Association”. Later it served both military and civilians especially for Cholera and Small pox.
After 1821 Indian labourers came to Sri Lanka for coffee and later tea enterprises. Civil hospitals were needed due to poor nutrition, cholera and Malaria.

Present Entrance of the Past Military HospitalIn 1858, once the civil medical department was separated from the military service Colonial Surgeons were appointed to Central Province. This medical Board appointed vaccination officers who were responsible for vaccinating the public against small pox.

In around 1861 there was an infectious disease hospital in Deyyannewela (the small pox hospital). This pauper hospital was later expanded to become the General Hospital Kandy. One of the very first buildings of the Kandy Hospital was the Cholera ward in 1866. It was located at the site of the current laundry in between the kitchen and the old KSM building.

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