Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospitals

Brief Information on LMUTH

The Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital (LMUTH) is situated along the Great East Road, Chainama Hills Area in Lusaka. The hospital has approximately 906 medical and administrative personnel. Among the staff are about 396 nurses and around 146 medical doctors. LMUTH functions as a Provincial hospital with 3rd level services.

The hospital is part of the newly established Levy Mwanawasa Medical University (LMMU) which was founded as a Public University on 22nd May, 2018. LMMU is an amalgamation of four premier health institutions namely, LMUTH, Chainama College of Health Sciences, Dental Training School, Chainama Hills Hospital and the University itself.

The merger of these leading health training and service institutions is aimed at consolidating the efficient delivery of high-quality health care services and the education of health professionals in Zambia.

Mission Statement:
The provision of health services at the hospital is centred on its Mission Statement which is: “A health institution dedicated to providing quality patient care with unrelenting attention to clinical excellence, patient safety and an unparalleled commitment to ensure the very best healthcare for those we serve”.
Vision: Making Zambia “A nation of Health and productive people”.

Catchment Area:
LMUTH’s has a catchment area of eight (08) Districts. These are Chilanga, Chirundu, Chongwe, Kafue, Luangwa, Lusaka, Rufunsa and Shibuyunji with an estimated population of more than 3 million people (CSO’s projection report, 2018).

Official Opening:
The hospital was officially opened on 8th August, 2011 as Lusaka General Hospital. Later in the year, the hospital was renamed Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital in memory of Zambia’s third President, His Excellency, Mr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa. On June 6, 2017, the hospital was upgraded to a teaching hospital and renamed Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital in line with its expanded functions.
Bed Space:
At inception, the hospital had 150 bed spaces. However, with the ever increasing population of Lusaka and the sharp increase in the disease burden, the demand for health services at the institution has gone up, inescapably culminating in an increase of bed space to the current 239.
Expansion:
With its on-going robust programme of constructing, rehabilitating and upgrading health facilities across the country, the Zambian Government with support from the Chinese Government is currently expanding LMUTH from the current 239 to an 826 bed capacity modern health facility. The New state-of-the-art LMUTH brings on board specialized medical services with avant-garde medical equipment suitable for a practicum site for College and University students.
Services Offered:
The institution offers specialized and general services under four major Clinical disciplines namely, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine and Surgery. Each of these departments is headed by a specialist with unrivalled experience in their fields. These clinical departments are backed by high-performance support Units of Laboratory, Radiology (x-ray), Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Environmental Health, Biomedicine and other related paramedical disciplines.
The hospital has other administrative units that equally offer incomparable services towards the running of the institution. These include: Public Relations, Social Work, Human Resources, Accounts, Engineering, Health Information, Purchasing, Security, Information Technology (IT) and Audit.  
The hospital’s services are in two broad categories namely: standard services and premium services. Premium services are optional and attract higher costs on services provided to a patient. Facilities and services at the hospital are distributed by specialty that includes:

DEPARTMENTS:
    
Internal Medicine:

  • An active 24-hour out-patient and In-Patient service.
  • State-of-the-art gastrointestinal endoscopy for both diagnosis and therapy of luminal gastrointestinal conditions;

Emergency Medicine;                                              

  • Specialist out-patient medical clinics on selected days of the week;  
  • TB and HIV clinics; and
  • Premium medical clinics.
  • Paediatrics and Child Health:
  • An active 24-hour out-patient and In-Patient service.

Neonatology;

  • Sickle Cell Clinic;                                                                                       
  • General Paediatrics;
  • Padiatrics Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Clinic;  
  • Pediatrics’ Nutrition; and
  • Neonatal Vaccination.  

Obstetrics and Gynaecology:

  • An active 24-hour out-patient and In-Patient service.
  • Antenatal, Delivery and Postnatal
  • Obs and Gynae Clinic.
  • Leep Clinic
  • Maternal and Child Health Services
  • General Gynae Surgical Services including laparascopy surgery

Surgery:

  • An active 24-hour out-patient and In-Patient service.
  • Neurosurgery (Brain and Spine Surgery);
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery;
  • Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery;
  • Urology Surgery;                                                
  • Ophthalmology;
  • Dental Services; and
  • General Surgery: Minimally Invasive or Key Hole Surgery.

Radiology:

  • Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)
  • Plain X-Rays
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Ultrasound (Sonography)
  • Prostate Screening                           
  • Obstetrics
  • Abdominal Scan
  • Doppler
  • ECHO

Laboratory:

  • Phlebotomy                                                                          
  • Molecular Lab services
  • Viral Load
  • Gene xpert (TB)
  • Haematology and Immunology
  • Biochemistry
  • Blood Transfusion Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Parasitology
  • Premium Lab Services
  • Hormone Profile
  • Cardiac Markers
  • Tumour Markers
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Inflammation/Immune
  • Diabetes
  • Skeletal
  • Pancreas
  • Autoimmune

Physiotherapy:

  • Exercises
  • Weights, springs, pulleys, walking forms, wheelchairs, massages
  • Electrical
  • Short wave Diatherapy
  • Stimulators                                  

Pharmacy:

  • Dispensary
  • Satellite Pharmacy (for in-patients services)
  • Bulk Store
  • Environmental Health:
  • Infection Prevention and Control                    
  • Water and Food quality monitoring
  • Waste Management
  • Epidemic and Emergency Preparedness
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Public Relations:

  • Patient-Staff relations
  • Effective communication
  • Customer Care Services
  • Press Releases
  • Public Queries
  • Documentations
  • Media Reports
  • Publications

Social Work:    
Exceptions of vulnerable patients from hospital charges
Repatriation of vulnerable patients to their respective homes
Placements of vulnerable babies/children in appropriate homes/orphanages
Counseling
Contribution towards the reduction of referrals for treatment abroad:
Since inception, the hospital has been cardinal in contributing to the reduction of government expense of referring patients abroad for treatment. LMUTH has, over a period of time, built capacity in various areas of specialization that has greatly contributed to the mitigation of the expense of treating patients outside the country by offering some of these services locally.
The ability by the hospital to offer health services that are in parity with those offered by hospital globally, has made LMUTH a flagship in the provision of cost-effective, quality health care services to the people of Zambia as close to the family as possible.