Biggest hospitals in the world

The Hospital of Zhengzhou University. Image by Wikimedia Commons

The world’s biggest hospitals include one in South Africa

Here are the 10 biggest hospitals in the world, and one of them, ranking in seventh place, is in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Biggest hospitals in the world

The Hospital of Zhengzhou University. Image by Wikimedia Commons

Hospitals come in all shapes and sizes, but some truly stand out for their massive scale. Here is a list of the 10 biggest hospitals in the world, with one of them located here in South Africa.

1. The Hospital of Zhengzhou University

Established in 1928, the Zhengzhou University Hospital presently has a bed capacity of approximately 7 000 and is currently the biggest hospital in the world. The hospital is essential for medical research and teaching and it is certainly a sight to behold due to its size.

2. West China Medical Centre

Also linked to a university, Sichuan University, the West China Medical Centre has a capacity of 4 300 beds and over 12 000 employees. Last year, the hospital performed 251 000 surgeries.

3. The National Centre for Mental Health

The NCMH, located in the Philippines, is presently one of the biggest mental health facilities in the world. It opened its doors in 1928 and currently has a bed capacity of 4 200.

In addition to its therapeutic activities, NCMH is dedicated to lowering the stigma surrounding mental health, increasing public awareness of mental health aspects, and advancing mental health literacy.

4. Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Located in Taoyuan City, Taiwan, the Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital complex stands out for its state-of-the-art amenities and extensive infrastructure. The hospital was established in 1970 and presently has a bed capacity of 4 000.

5. Ankara Bilkent City Hospital

The Ankara Bilkent City Hospital is presently the largest public-private partnership project in health in Turkey. The hospital was established in 2019 and currently has a bed capacity of 3 810.

6. The National Hospital of Sri Lanka

This is the largest teaching hospital in Sri Lanka, with a total of 3 404 beds. Both undergraduates and postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine receive training here. The hospital’s special units include a Rabies Treatment Unit and The National Poisons Information Centre.

7. Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in the Soweto area of Johannesburg, has 3 200 beds and 6 760 staff members. The hospital is made up of 429 buildings. Approximately 70% of all admissions are emergencies, with approximately 160 victims of gunshot wounds treated per month. The Gauteng Provincial Health Authorities finance and run the hospital. In addition to being a fully operational hospital, it is a teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School.

8. Qasr El Eyni Hospital

Qasr El Eyni Hospital is the world’s eighth-largest hospital with a capacity of 3 200 beds. This research and teaching hospital is situated in Cairo, Egypt. In addition to the educational aspect, it offers a comprehensive spectrum of medical treatments across many disciplines.

9. Clinical Centre of Serbia

The University Clinical Centre of Serbia is an academic medical centre located in Belgrade, Serbia. It serves as the main medical centre for both Belgrade and the rest of Serbia and has a bed capacity of 3 150. It is one of the biggest and most well-known medical complexes in the Balkans since its founding in 1976.

10. Government Medical College

Located in the city of Kozhikode in Kerala, India, the Government Medical College opened its doors in 1957 as the second medical college in Kerala. Since then the institution has grown into a premier centre of medical education in the state. It has a capacity of 3 025 beds.