Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) is a leading National Referral Hospital with a 650-bed capacity and equipped with state-of-art medical amenities. The hospital is located along Northern Bypass road near Kahawa West in Nairobi County. The development of Kenyatta University Hospital along Thika road and Northern Bypass has opened that part of the city to new development infrastructure, as well as easing commutes for Central Kenya’s satellite towns. This has also strengthened Kenya’s Health Policy across the country.
Kenya’s Health Policy goal is to attain the highest possible standard of health in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the population. The policy aims to achieve this goal through supporting provision of equitable, affordable and quality health, and other related services at the highest attainable standards to all Kenyans. It is designed to provide the most efficient and cost-effective health system. This has led to a new trend of hospital developments near university institutions in Kenya, hence influencing real estate developments.
Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) location has played a major role in influencing the hospital hill areas as Kenya’s premier health cluster. The area has the highest density of doctors, with close to 1,000 within a two-kilometre radius. The reasons are the University of Nairobi Medical School that sprouted around the King George Hospital, which is now KNH. Other doctors’ office blocks emerged later on such as the Nairobi Hospital, Nairobi West Hospital and Forces Memorial Hospital, as well as other private doctors’ office blocks.
Aga Khan University’s School of Medicine also influenced a smaller cluster of hospitals around Parklands including Aga Khan Hospital, Avenue Hospital and Mp Shah Hospital. The facilitative environment of medical schools is creating a growing private health enterprise in Kenya. Teaching and referral hospitals act as a radius from which the private medical sector grows. KUTRRH seems to be appearing in the same scenario as the provision of specialised care is a key attraction for patients. The KUTRRH ecosystem is boosted by the proximity to medical schools at JKUAT and MKU, though smaller. Moonlighting doctors from surrounding counties prefer private offices approximately located so that they can return to their principal employment on short notice. This provides an opportunity for real estate developers to set up quality office space in the area closer to KUTRRH. The health and economic sector in the country is expected to improve in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.