Patient safety

Gondar, Ethiopia - Leicester, England

University of Gondar Hospital, Ethiopia, is partnering with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, England

University of Gondar Hospital is a 400 bed university hospital, which acts as the referral centre for four district hospitals in the area. It has a range of specialities including paediatrics, surgery, gynaecology, psychiatry, HIV care and an outpatients clinic. Within its 400 staff it employs 50 doctors, 150 nursing staff, three pharmacists, 90 care staff and 25 laboratory scientists. These staff serve a population of four million across the region. As a university hospital, it plays an important role in teaching medical and nursing students.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest acute trusts in the country. The hospitals include the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary – incorporating Leicester Children’s Hospital. They provide services to a diverse population of nearly one million people across Leicester and the English counties of Leicestershire and Rutland, as well as a further two to three million people in neighbouring counties. They have an annual budget of approximately £650 million and employ almost 12,000 staff. They have nationally and internationally renowned centres of excellence in cardiac, renal and cancer care, and are at the forefront of many research programmes and new surgical procedures. The Care Quality Commission recently announced that the cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital is one of Britain’s three top specialist centres for successful heart bypass operations.