Thyolo Health Services, Malawi

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Thyolo District Hospital has 300 beds capacity, and a team of highly qualified doctors and motivated nurses to ensure the first-class service. 

Thyolo hospital accident and emergency department [A&E]


The Accident and Emergency [A&E]

The Accident and Emergency (A & E) Department provides a coordinated service for the reception, assessment, management, referral and discharge of patients with acute illnesses, minor injuries and other general illnesses.

The Department is the prime point of entry and it has an efficient and experienced staff well equipped to deal with medical emergencies. It consists of a reception area, consultation rooms, minor surgical procedures’ room, casualty doctors and nurses waiting area.                     
Triaging system is followed in the Unit, which reduces the waiting period for patients in critical condition. There is a constant explanation to the waiting patients of why some patients appear to be jumping the queue.

The Department routinely carries out in-house medical drills and training in Basic and Advanced Life-Saving procedures. This makes the staff alert to clinical changes in a patient, making them quick to act.                      
The A & E staff includes full-time Casualty Doctors, highly qualified nurses, and other support staff. 

All emergencies – medical/paediatric/orthopaedic/maternity etc are adequately managed.


Services Offered

We have the following Departments and wards: Outpatients, MCH, Accidents and emergencies (A&E), Radiology, laboratory, Eye, STI, Laundry and Kitchen services

Male and female wards, Maternity (Antenatal, Labour and Postnatal wards), TB, and Nursery wards. All these access the services below:


Thyolo hospital radiology equipment


We perform Digital radiology (where exposure to the patient is very low) and results are stored in soft copy format, which will avoid repeating the same radiology process in another country or at another medical institution. We also carry out ultrasound scanning, X-Rays, special investigations such are arranged with other facilities.

Dental Surgery

Access quality dental services such as extractions and many more


Thyolo hospital laboratory equipment



Our laboratory provides a wide range of medical tests in Haematology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Serology among many other faculties.


Thyolo hospital pharmacy department



We run a pharmacy that stocks a wide variety of pharmaceutical products with quality internationally recognized brands. Opens Monday to Friday (7:30 to 16:30 and 7:30 to 12:00 during weekends


General Surgery

Major and minor procedures such as deliveries, Hysterectomy, Excision of lumps and bumps, abdominal operations, Circumcision and many more are performed. Other major procedures are referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital or are done by Visiting surgeons


Gynaecology & Obstetrics

We aim to provide the best maternity service to ensure a healthy life for the mother and child and it is from this premise that we take good care of our clients from the earliest stage of pregnancy, throughout childbirth and the postpartum period.



We have a well-trained team of Doctors, Clinicians and Nurses to diagnose and treat childhood illnesses from minor health problems to serious diseases. Paediatric vaccines are also administered every day at the clinics and postnatal ward for neonates. We have a specialised nursery ward for newborns with health issues.

Thyolo hospital general wards
General Medicine

Our General Medicine Department deals with a wide range of illnesses and conditions that affect adults of all ages. Our caring and experienced general practitioners (GP’s) specialize in the prevention, management and treatment of long and short-term diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, Asthma, Skin conditions and many more.



Babies born prematurely may need additional time to develop their lungs and other vital organs. (Their eyes and eardrums may be so sensitive that normal light and sound would cause permanent damage to these organs.)
Thyolo hospital neonatal intensive care unit
Also, babies born extremely early will not have had the time to develop fat just under the skin and will need help to keep themselves warm and toasty.

Sometimes babies will have fluid or meconium in their lungs. This can lead to infections and an inability to breathe well. New-borns may also have immature, not fully developed lungs that require monitoring and extra oxygen.


The newborn’s ability to survive and thrive in the neonatal period and through infancy is strongly influenced by birth weight. Low birth weight (LBW) is the most important contributing factor to neonatal morbidity and mortality. Compared to babies with normal birth weight, low birth weight babies have a much greater risk of dying.
Kangaroo mother care
Doctors Rey and Martinez first started KMC in Bogotá, Colombia in 1979 in response to a crisis with a large number of low birth weight infants, a shortage of staff and facilities, overcrowded nurseries and high mortality from a hospital infection.

Care of LBW babies requires special attention, particularly with regard to warmth, feeding, hygiene practices, and prompt identification and treatment of infections.  Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) has been found to be an effective method of care for stable low birth weight babies.

Kangaroo care is beneficial for parents because it promotes attachment and bonding, improves parental confidence, and helps to promote increased milk production and breastfeeding success. The psychological benefits of kangaroo care for parents of preterm infants are extensive.


 At the hospital, only the most severe cases, or cases with additional medical complications such as severe dehydration or vomiting, are admitted to the NRU. The swelling of the soft tissues known as bilateral oedema is the most common criteria the hospital uses to determine whether the patient should be admitted to the NRU or treated as an outpatient 
Thyolo hospital nutrition rehabilitation unit
The majority of patients referred for malnutrition are able to be treated as outpatients, using Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), which can be administered at home.

Thyolo hospital hostel

The Hostel


The Hospital Hostel


The hospital has quiet, clean hostel accommodation of 12 rooms. The hostel is available for newly recruited staff of the hospital. Rooms come complete with a bed, wardrobe, drawers, and desk.