Referral Hospitals in Kenya

As we look at referral hospitals in Kenya, it is good to understand that hospitals in Kenya area categorized into level 1 to 6. Level 1 includes the community households, villagers and families that may give health assistance in the lowest level. Dispensaries or clinics are in level two while level 3 include health centre, maternities and nursing homes. Level 4 are the district hospital and level 5 are the provisional hospital. The highest level is 6 which are also referral hospitals.

Referral Hospitals in Kenya

Currently Kenya has the following referrals hospitals

  1. Kenyatta National Hospital

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is the first and largest referral and teaching hospital in Kenya. KNH has over of 4,000 staff.

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Kenyatta National Hospital contacts

Postal address: P.O Box 20723-00202 Nairobi.

Tel No: 020-2726300
Cell phone no: 0709 85400/ 0730 643000
Email address:

KNH Hotline telephone no: 020 2737390
KNH Referral telephone no: 0719 510510
KNH Disaster Management telephone no: 0797 398094

  1. Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) is the second largest referral and teaching hospital in with over 3000 workers

Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital contacts

Tel no: 0722 201277, 0734 600461, 254 53 203347/4

Postal address: 3-30100 Eldoret


  1. Mathari National and Teaching Referral Hospital


Location: Off Thika Road, Nairobi Kenya

Postal Address: P.O Box 40663-00100

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Landline No: +254 02 02337694, 020 337694

Mobile No: +254-721336017

  1. National Spinal Injury Referral.


Location: Along Lenana Rd, New Kilimani Police Station

Postal Address: 20906-00200

Telephone: 020-2726336


  1. Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital


Emergency telephone number: 0734 749322

Postal address: 92 Kisii

Fax: 058-30208



  1. Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital


Tel no: +254-(0)57-2020801 / 2020803 / 2020321 / +254733888579


In July 2018 doctors wanted the referrals hospital to be increased.  This was done through a draft bill written in an association with Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) and Boresha maisha.

Provisional or level 5 hospitals proposed to be upgraded to referrals hospitals include

  1. Nyeri provisional General Hospital
  2. Thika level 5 hospital
  3. Machakos level 5 hospital
  4. Embu level 5 hospital
  5. Kakamega provisional General Hospital
  6. Kisii level 5 hospital
  7. Garissa level 5 hospital
  8. Mombasa level 5 hospital
  9. Kisumu level 5 hospital
  10. Nakuru level 5 hospital
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The passing of the proposed bill will mean that these hospitals will be managed by national government other than county governments.