Kitwe Central Hospital



Kitwe Central Hospital

Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH) in the copperbelt province is one of three teaching hospitals in Zambia.

It is located in the Copperbelt province of Zambia, approximately 350km North of Lusaka. As one of the larger mining towns in the province, Kitwe has a vibrant population bustling with activity and services. It also acts as focal route to towns in the province as well as to the North Western province.

The population of Kitwe as of the 2000 stood at around 470,000

About the Hospital

Kitwe Central Hospital is the only governement hosptal in Kitwe. It was opened in 1958 and was directly controlled from Lusaka administratively until 1994 when the Kitwe Hospital Managemet Board was formed. It now falls under the Copperbelt Health Board based in Ndola.

KCH has bed capacity of around 630 providing mostly acute but also elective medical and surgical services. Together with the hospitals in Ndola, it also acts as the tertiary referral institution in region.

Main entranceHigh Cost Block

It serves as one of the three teaching hospitals in the country where newly qualified doctors go to do there internship and where medical students and student clinical officers do their attachments.

There is also a Nursing School based in the hospital grounds and the student nurses do their clinical part of their clinical practice in the hospital.

Services Provided

Generally the departments include

  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Paediatrics
  • Department of Surgery (under which Anaesthesia also falls)
  • Ophthalmology Department
  • Dental Department
  • ENT department
  • Radiology department
  • Pathology department
  • Pharmacy department
  • Physiotherapy department
  • Blood Bank

X-ray entrance Pathology

There is an Out Patient Department 1 (OPD1) which is basically the casualty department through which all acute patients are seen. Then OPD2 is where the clinics are conducted.

The hospital also provides a high cost service with designated wards covering all specialties and a high cost clinic PAMSCO (Partnership in Medical Scheme with Communities).


Contact Details

Kitwe Central Hospital

P.O Box 20969



Tel: +260-212-228011

Fax: +260-212-228604