All you need to know about Our Specialist Centers

Critical care nursing wards comprise of the Intensive Care Unit and the High Dependency Unit, NICU and NIHDU. The units take care of both surgical and medical patients who are critically ill.

Intensive Care Unit

The Critical care unit at The Nairobi hospital provides comprehensive care for unstable and critically ill patients in urgent need of advanced monitoring and intensive care treatment. These services are carried out in precision, synchronization and coordination of multidisplinary team in the advanced ICU with unwavering commitment and team work. The critical care team at the hospital has highly skilled nurses and doctors who receive special training to handle critically ill patients. The doctors and consultants are highly skilled and specialized in diverse areas of Medicine and surgery. The nursing care is focused to meet the psychological, physical and emotional need of the patients. The unit has a bed a capacity of 13 of which three are isolation rooms with 24 hour doctor coverage. Each patient has a nurse assigned to them to provide continuous close monitoring. The ICUs unique design enables the medical team to have a full view of all patients at all times. Each of the bed has state of the art technology that enables the staff to monitor patient’s vital signs continually.

The critical care unit is in close proximity with other specialized units such as theater and cardiac catheterization laboratory among others. The ICU team provides an emergency response to clinical departments in the hospital for the provision of immediate resuscitation.

Visiting Hours

ICU has open visiting time between 11am-12pm in the morning and4pm-6pm in the afternoon. Children under 12 years are not allowed in the wards. Kindly note only two visitors are allowed at a time per patient. This ensures that patients’ visitors spend enough time with their loved ones at the critical moments.

NB:Only two visitors allowed at a time

Morning Hours 11am-12pm
Afternoon Hours 2pm-4pm

The High Dependency Unit serves as a step down from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for patients requiring close monitoring. It is classified as a critical care unit where patients are admitted during transition from ICU. Similarly, other patients who do not require admission to ICU but are too sick to be in the wards are managed in the unit. The unit has five ward beds and two isolation rooms.

Similarly, like ICU, the unit offers multidisciplinary approach in medical and nursing care.


The unit is equipped with both digital and electronic patient monitoring equipments to include a central monitor. It has the capacity to offer ventilatory support should a patient require the service.


The nursing staff are trained in higher diploma in critical care nursing and advanced cardiac life support and are continually updated every two years. The units are covered by a resident pedetrician and manned by consultant neonatologist per patient.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit- NICU

The unit caters for neonates who require intensive care nursing and medical care. This includes mechanical ventilatory support and close monitoring. The unit offers multidisciplinary approach in both nursing and medical care. It is equipped with the latest technology to include patient monitoring equipments, ventilators, infusion and syringe pumps among others.

The unit offers renal replacement therapy per patient requirements.

Neonatal High Dependence Unit – NHDU

This unit is manned by specialized team of neonatal nurses who monitor premature babies. Neonates who weigh as low as 900 grams are admitted to the unit, and mature to go home to proud parents after attaining 2kilograms and above.

Staffing for both NICU and NHDU

The nurses are equipped with the latest skills and knowledge of neonatal resuscitation and care. They work to ensure best outcomes for the babies. This being a very sensitive section, visitation to the nursery is limited to the parents only.

Dialysis Unit

Haemodyalisis refers to an artificial means by which, excess fluid and metabolic wastes are removed using a machine. This is a specialized department which caters for patients whose kidneys have failed and thus require haemodyalisis. The unit is adjacent to the ICU and acts as an outpatient facility which also caters for patients from other hospitals as well as Nairobi Hospital’s inpatients. We facilitate angio-access and initiate dialysis. We also prepare patients and families for live donor kidney transplants.

The unit has a capacity of ten patients at a given time and can attend to atleast 20 patients a day. Machines are coded based on the patient’s condition e.g. hepatitis C etc.

Pre-Requisites For Dialysis

All clients undergo predialysis screening, which include HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B testing. The screens are repeated every 3 months to enhance patient’s safety. Routine blood tests include Total Blood Count, Urea Electrolytes, Creatinine, Calcium, Albumen and Phosphorous. Other tests are as per individual patient needs. Routine tests are done every first week of the month as a baseline and to asses the quality of the dialysis offered.


We have state of the art dialysis seats, which have incliners. The client has the liberty to choose to use a seat or a bed. We offer a meal after dialysis and a snack
during dialysis. This is all-inclusive in the dialysis package.

Follow Up

Each client has a dialysis take home card, which summarizes events of each session. Information is entered after each session.

Services Offered

Apart from the dialysis machines, we have a digital weighing scale for all sitting patients. A changing room is available with lockable lockers where patients/ clients
keep their valuables while on dialysis.


The Nairobi Hospital Pharmacy offers Glivec tablets, a product used in the treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) and Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST), free of charge on a humanitarian aid basis in collaboration with Novartis Pharma AG of Switzerland and The Max Foundation of USA, under Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (GIPAP).  Participating Oncologists are Prof. Abinya, Prof. Riyat, Dr. Grace Kitonyi and Prof. Walter Mwanda.

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