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Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital

Mental Health is an Integral and Essential Component of Health

+256 414-504-376 (Director's Office 8AM-5PM)

+256 414 504 376 (General Customercare 8AM-5PM)

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About Us

Welcome to Butabika
National Referral Mental Hospital

Mental health is an integral and essential component of health.

The World Health Organization constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Butabika Hospital was established in 1955, and currently is the only National Referral Mental Health Institution in the Country. The hospital provides general and specialized mental health treatment for mental health patients and is a teaching hospital for a broad range of mental health specialists, from nursing to Post – Graduate students. Butabika Hospital also provides primary health care services to the people from the surrounding area as well as supports other hospitals within the referral system, while also providing technical advice to Health Service Commission and to policy-making bodies. Finally, Butabika Hospital is an important platform for research into mental health trends in Uganda, and approaches to tackling the problem.

Butabika is located in Butabika, about 12 km East of Kampala City and it is the second biggest Hospital in Uganda with a bed capacity of 550, though the number often ranges between 850-1000 in patients. The Hospital also handles a busy outpatient department with contact of about 350 clients per day in both the general and mental healthcare areas.

The hospital also serves as the psychiatric teaching hospital for Makerere University College of Health Sciences for both undergraduate and postgraduate training, especially for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), Master of Medicine in Psychiatry (MMed Psych) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychiatry.

Butabika Hospital is also the location of the School of Psychiatric Clinical Officers (SPCO), a school administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health, which trains high school graduates to become Psychiatric Clinical Officers. It is the only school of its kind in Eastern Africa.

As the national psychiatric referral, Butabika Hospital conducts mental health related research and offers support supervision countrywide.

Vision

A community aware of the importance of a complete state of physical, mental and social well being as a prerequisite for development and poverty alleviation through reduced mental health problems.

Mission

To offer super specialized and general mental health services, conduct mental health training, mental health related research and to provide support to mental health care services & policy in the country.

Collaboration

Innovation: Development of a scientific body of knowledge, and competencies to improve case management and other interventions delivered by the hospital (both within and without).

We work as a team and partner with other organizations to benefit our patients, their families and the community.

Mandate

The mandate of Butabika National Referral Hospital is guided by a 1934 Act of Parliament amended in 1964. The Act is currently under review, with a proposed bill to replace it called The Mental Health Bill introduced in 2009, and redrafted in 2011 and 2013.

The mandate stipulates that  Butabika National Referral Hospital’s purpose covers the following:

  • Advise the Health Service Commission and the Ministry of Health on matters pertaining to Mental Health including policy, interventions and human resource requirements;
  • Monitor, supervise issue guidelines and offer support within the referral process to regional referrals and health centers within the Mental Health sector system;
  • Carry out research in Mental Health and related fields;
  • Act as a teaching and training institution for mental health cadres across various qualifications and sub-disciplines;
  • Offer specialized mental health treatment to the general population and primary health care to the communities around the institution of Butabika National Referral Hospital.
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Our Core Values

Integrity

We strive to maintain high ethical standards in all forms of care.We adhere to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty, transparency and sincerity. Through our words and actions, we earn the complete trust of our patients and their families, our community and our co-workers. We seek to do the right thing, always and everywhere, in our day-to-day work and lives.

Stewardship

We strive to maintain high ethical standards in all forms of care. We adhere to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes complete honesty, transparency and sincerity. Through our words and actions, we earn the complete trust of our patients and their families, our community and our co-workers. We seek to do the right thing, always and everywhere, in our day-to-day work and lives.

Accountability

Transparency and accountable manner to the patients, general public, government and other key stakeholders. We are responsible for our actions and focus on how each person can contribute to the success of the organization.

Excellence

Patients' safety and health are the hospital's first consideration. We strive to exceed expectations by providing services to our patients and co-workers in a timely and efficient manner and through continuous performance improvement. It is our commitment to ensure that every patient receives excellent care, service, and support at all times and at every point of service.

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