The University of Ghana Hospital, popularly known as the Legon Hospital was built and commissioned in 1957 and is officially owned by the University of Ghana. It was Set up almost the same time as the University was founded in Achimota School West Compound.
It was put under the charge of Dr. A.B. Boyd (a Scottish Doctor) who was assisted by one staff nurse (SN). The hospital started as a clinic sharing all facilities in common with the Achimota Hospital. In 1959, five (5) personnel consisting of a doctor and four nurses moved from Achimota to start work at the then University College Hospital.
The facilities of the hospital grew over time to include Maternity Ward and Staff Quarters. The Hospital is currently situated at an easily accessible area behind the Legon Police Station at 12.6 kilometers off the main Accra – Aburi road.
It is generally referred to as a quasi-government hospital with a bed capacity of 130 comprising of General Wards, Maternity Wing, Casualty and Emergency Ward, Pediatric Unit, Dental Unit and Operating Theatre.
The Hospital was originally established to cater for the health needs of the student population, staff and their dependents. In 1976/77 as the community started developing, the inhabitants of its fast growing environs began to seek health care from the Hospital. In recognition of the change in the function of the University Hospital in 1976/77, the Ministry of Health (MOH) readily accepted to assist the hospital yearly with drugs, supplies equipment and instruments.
This arrangement worked quite well until 1986/87 when the” cash-and- carry” system was introduced and the assistance to the hospital ceased. The Hospital readily offered its services to these people as there was no other hospital in the whole Legon vicinity. With time, the hospital has assumed the functions of a District Hospital and has a wide catchments area.
THE VISION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA HOSPITAL
Progressive and Sustainable Transformation Of University Health Services into a Vibrant Centre Of Excellence and Pivot for Public Health Sector Development.
THE MISSION OF THE UNIVESRITY OF GHANA HOSPITAL
- To enhance the health status of all employees, dependents and students of the University of Ghana by providing them with world class Medical Services of the highest quality.
- To enhance the health status of the communities in University of Ghana’s immediate environs by providing affordable client focused quality health services.
- To strategically position the University Health Services in Medical Training and Collaborative Research for Capacity Building.
- To collaborate with all public Universities across the length and breadth of the nation in the establishment of a vibrant national University Health services for Ghana.
The Hospital Management Committee set up by University Council is the policy-making body of the Hospital. The hospital is headed by the Director of University Health Services.
UGMC is committed to providing premium health care (quaternary level), education of health professionals and research by a highly skilled and motivated staff in a pristine healing environment