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The University College Hospital (UCH) was strategically located in Ibadan, the then-largest city in West Africa which is also the seat of the first University in Nigeria. The physical development of the Hospital commenced in 1953 in its present site and was formally commissioned after completion on 20 November 1957. The University College Hospital, Ibadan was initially commissioned with 500-bed spaces. Currently, the hospital has a total of 1445 bed spaces: 1072 Beds at the Main Hospital, 100 Beds at Otunba Tunwase National Paediatrics Centre, 60 Beds at Okuku Comprehensive Healthcare Centre, 50 Beds at Sepeteri Comprehensive Healthcare Centreand 163 Examination Couches.

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Our Mission

Rendering excellent, prompt, affordable and accessible health care in an environment that promotes hope and dignity, irrespective of status, and developing high quality health personnel in an atmosphere that stimulates excellent and relevant research.

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Our Vision

To be the flagship tertiary health care institution in the West Africa sub-region, offering world-class training, research and services, and the first choice for seeking specialist health care in a conducive atmosphere, renowned for a culture of continuing and compassionate care.

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Our Core Values

Unrestricted access to excellent training, research and services.
Prompt, accessible, affordable and compassionate client-centered care.
Equity in service delivery. Transparency and accountability.
Prudence in resource management.
High quality staff at all levels and a competitive reward system, and promoting collaboration with stakeholders.


This is the list of the all clinical and non clinical departments we have in the university college hospital Ibadan Nigeria.


Our clinical and administrative leadership provide direction for a health system with over 3,500 employees.

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In preparation for self governance or independence in countries colonized by the British Empire in the West African coast, the colonial masters believed that the establishment of tertiary (higher) educational institutions would produce citizens with the educational and administrative capabilities for the new governments that would emerge. Therefore, at the instance of the British Secretary of States for the colonies, a Ten Year Plan of Development and Welfare was put in place by the British Government to rehabilitate its colonies after the devastation, decay and economic depression in the colonies during and after the Second World War. It is in line with these plans of the British Government that the Sir Walter Elliot’s commission was established in June 1943 with 14 members. The mandate of this Conservative MP led commission was to report on the state of higher education in the colonies as well as outline the organization of these institutions. Of these fourteen members, three (3) were from the West African colonies; Reverend I. O.

Ransome-Kuti representing Nigeria, K. A. Korsah representing the Gold Coast (Ghana) and E. H. Taylor representing Sierra Leone.

To complement the efforts of the Elliot’s commission, another 11-member commission led by Mr. Justice Cyril Asquith was established in August 1943 to determine the principles that will govern these higher educational institutions to be established. The two commissions submitted complementary reports in 1945 with a proviso by the Asquith commission for the inauguration of an Inter-University Council that will act as a forum for the exchange of ideas and probably information between the representatives from the established British universities and the proposed or new colonial universities.

Following the submissions of their reports (Elliot’s and Asquith’s), the University College Ibadan was established on 17th November 1948 with three founding faculties; Arts, Science and Medicine. It is on record that the inclusion of a medical school in the University College to be established in Ibadan was part of the recommendations of the Elliot’s commission presented to parliament in 1945. Dr. Kenneth Mellanby was named the Principal-Designate of the new University College in May 1947 but he resumed work in July 1947. One of the mandates of Dr. Mellanby was to coordinate the planning of the site and buildings of the college including the medical school.

The new faculty of medicine was linked to the academic unit of the University of London ab initio to enable the Ibadan graduates obtain the bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) degree of the University of London. However, the initial challenges that confronted the new faculty of medicine was the non availability of a suitable hospital comparable to the teaching hospitals of the London universities that will provide clinical training for the medical students. On account of this glaring reality, the Inter-University Council was sent to London to discuss with the London Universities to make arrangements for placing Ibadan medical students who on completion of the basic medical studies had to relocate to London to complete their clinical training in the British medical schools and this was before the construction of a suitable teaching hospital in Ibadan.

The use of the buildings of the 56th Military Hospital in Eleyele as the teaching hospital of the new medical school whilst awaiting the construction of a new hospital at the permanent site of the University College situated along Oyo Road (present location of the University of Ibadan) was rejected outrightly.

Dr. Samuel Manuwa then offered the much improve Adeoyo Hospital to be used as the teaching hospital for the new faculty of medicine but not without the insistence of the natives on the signing of a pact between the University College Ibadan (UCI) led by the Principal Dr. Kenneth Mellanby and the Ibadan Native Administration (INA) whose leaders (high chiefs) had expressed fears of their corpses being used as cadavers for dissection by the medical students. The agreement reached in 1948 between the UCI and INA had the following terms;

For the next six years (1948 to 1954) Dr. Samuel Manuwa worked tirelessly to improve service delivery at the Adeoyo and Jericho hospitals whittling down corruption and indiscipline. The University College Ibadan upgraded the Adeoyo hospital by adding fifty more beds to the existing ones, along with a new laboratory, an X-ray annex and two private wings and later added the mortuary, maternity block, medical lecture rooms, waiting rooms for clinics while the gyneacology and physiotherapy departments were refurbished.

Representatives of the London University led by Dr. T. C. Hunt, DM, FRCP, a member of the Faculty of Medicine of University of London came on a visit to Ibadan in 1950 and again in 1951-1952 academic session to evaluate the suitability of the Ibadan hospitals as teaching hospitals for the training of medical students intending to obtain the degrees of the London University. The visitation team found the Ibadan hospitals unsuitable despite the vast infrastructure and improved services at Adeoyo hospital and ultimately recommended the construction of a brand new and more modern teaching

hospital of comparable standard with teaching hospitals in London.

In line with this recommendation of the visitation team from London, Sir Sydney Phillipson, Chairman of the Governing Council of the University College Ibadan in a nation wide broadcast in 1952 urged the Central (Federal) government to build a modern teaching hospital in Ibadan for the training of medical doctors. It was also agreed that whilst the teaching hospital was being built, clinical care and technical sessions including physiotherapy services, radiography and pharmacy would be provided by the expanding facilities at the Adeoyo Hospital.

The proposed Teaching Hospital was billed to be an 800-bedded, complex with eight floors so that it could be ‘striking’ as this will put the hospital at par with the University College Hospital, London. In actual fact, the original construction plan of the University College Ibadan included the Medical School and the Teaching Hospital. However, this laudable idea of an imposing teaching hospital was opposed by the Faculty of Medicine because of the attendant problems with high-rise buildings. In addition, locating the hospital within the University College premises was viewed as an attempt to remove the teaching hospital far away from the center of the city of Ibadan where most of the patients reside.

However, it was suggested that all of these grandiose ideas about a strikingly tall and elegant teaching hospital were to be shelved when during his repeated visits to the colonial office in London (1949 and 1952), the principal of the University College, Dr. Kenneth Mellanby discovered that there was no fund earmarked by the British government for the construction of the proposed teaching hospital that will provide clinical training for the medical students of the Faculty of Medicine. The colonial office in London opined that the Nigerian government should source for funds to build a teaching hospital for her medical students and that instead of high-rise buildings, multiple bungalows would be appropriate. To add more twist to twist to the story, the idea of construction of bungalows was discarded as the bungalows would not measure up to the standard of the University College Hospital, London after which the new hospital was to be tailored.

In her response, the Nigerian House of Representatives sitting in Lagos in August 1952 passed an Ordinance the UCH Ordinance which established a University College Hospital for the University College Ibadan. Funds were released by the Central government through the persuasive, persistent and witty efforts of the then Central Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. The funds were released in quantum starting with one million, five hundred thousand pound sterling (£1.5) and the pattern of release led to the project being labeled ‘the million dollar baby which was always crying for money’.

The initial design of the new teaching hospital by Mr. Alexander Gray, F.R.I.B.A the Consulting Architect was for a 493 bedded hospital comprising of six main blocks made up of a central area and wings. The suggested bed allocations included; 146 for the professorial unit and medical wards on the second floor, 144 for the professorial units and wards for surgical cases on the first floor, 109 for the professorial units and wards for Obstetrics and Gyneacology cases on the fourth floor and 68 for professorial units and wards for Paediatric cases on the third floor.

On 1st October 1953, the first sod signifying the commencement of the construction of the central or main block of the University College Hospital, Ibadan was cut by the Chairman of the Board of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Sir Syndey Phillipson although the official foundation stone laying ceremony took place on 18 November 1954 and this was performed by Sir John Macpherson the first Governor-General of the new Federation of Nigeria.

The shell of the hospital was scheduled for completion in 1955 whilst fittings, electrification, plumbing and equipment were due to be installed by October 1956. Apart from the hospital proper, additional buildings had commenced in 1952 and these included staff quarters (flatlets), School of Nursing, School of Hygiene (previous Preventive and Social Medicine Department) and Alexander Brown Hall, which partly served as a temporary administrative office for hospital projects.

During her visit to Nigeria in 1956, Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II opened the hospital even though it was still under construction. From April 1957, patient care and teaching facilities had started moving from Adeoyo hospital to the University College Hospital and on 20th November 1957, the Princess Royal conducted the final opening of the hospital at a colourful ceremony witnessed by dignitaries including Sir Eric Pridie KCMG, OBE, DSO, the Chief Medical Adviser to the Colonial Office, Dr. T C Hunt DM, FRCP, Hon. Chief S Ladoke Akintola, Federal Minister of Health, Hon. Shettima Kashim, Federal Minister of Education and Sir Kofo Abayomi Kt MD, Vice-Chairman Board of Management of the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
The magic and mood of the landmark movement from Adeoyo to the current University College Hospital location was best captured by Horatio Oritshejolomi Thomas, then a Senior Lecturer in Surgery who called this ‘an Exodus before a Genesis’. For the records, the first outpatient clinic run at the University College Hospital, Ibadan on February 1957 was conducted by the Ear, Nose and Throat department.

At the time The University College Hospital, Ibadan was officially opened to the public on 20th November 1957. The construction, furnishing and equipping of this finest architectural masterpiece in Africa, and an enduring healthcare institution did cost the Central Government of Nigeria a whooping sum of four and a half million pound sterling (£4.5).

…’for the hospital will be a consultant medical center for the whole country and from the hospital, will go out highly qualified doctors for the service throughout Nigeria’excerpt from the talk broadcast by Sir Sydney Phillipson C.M.G at Lagos on 31st July 1952

The University College Hospital, Ibadan was the first institution in Nigeria to produce sterile products use for her patients. The production of infusions including intravenous fluids (i.e. normal saline, 5% dextrose, Hartman’s solution, dialyzing fluids-which were packaged in plasmosan bottles, smaller injections like Morphine sulphate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium chloride- which were filled in empty streptomycin and penicillin bottles), eye drops, nasal drops dates back to1952 as stated in the 1953 handing over note of Mr. M. Ritchie who pioneered the pharmacy department of the University College Hospital, Ibadan. Mr. M. Ritchie, a Briton was in charge of the then Western region and was working at the Adeoyo hospital. Mr. F. A. Callisto OFR, A Nigerian was the first superintendent pharmacist to be enjoyed from England to head the pharmacy department of the newly established University College Hospital, Ibadan. With advancement in technology, the use of bottles, rubber bungs and aluminum caps for the productions of large volume infusions could not be continued. However, the production of small volume infusions/injections e.g. sodium bicarbonate, potassium chloride, magnesium sulphate nasal drops have continued to date and this is unique to the University College Hospital, Ibadan pharmacy department. With the advent of the Public Private Partnership initiatives of the Federal Government, the hospital is now in the process of producing large volume of infusions e.g. normal saline using the latest technology of form-fill-seal technique using polypropylene materials. In the 1960’s the work on cell cultures commenced in the World Health Organization centre for Immunology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan by an expatriate but this was handed over to late Prof Osunkoya who later handed this project to late Prof Williams and later at his retirement the late Prof Salimonu took over. However, cell culture research stopped in 1981 because of lack of reagents and the poor financing of the health sector. In the late 1970s’, the University College Hospital pioneered out open heart surgeries in Nigeria. More recently with the refurbishment of the operating theatres and the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, the UCH reactivated open heart surgery with performance of 3 open heart surgeries successfully with assistance from their colleagues in the United States of America. Three decades of medical research 1948-1980 published in 1984 listed 24,0006 Scientific papers done from research activities at University College Hospital. Most of these papers were published in both local and international learned journals and were landmark discoveries the papers covered various aspects of medicine ranging from medical subject e.g. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology etc., to Clinical subjects such as Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics etc. U.C.H. Since 1994, U.C.H. has been performing the transurethral dissection of the Prostrate (TURP) and in 2005 organized the first national training workshop for all relevant cadres. Between 1995 and 1996, the University College Hospital has successfully carried out Charnley hip replacement and Johnson and Johnson knee arthroplasties.

The University College hospital acquired 2 adult arthroscopes 2 years ago and to date 12 knee arthroscopic surgeries have been carried out successfully.  Prof. Temitayo Shokunbi of the ‘nail in the head’ fame also successfully commenced neuroendoscopic procedures in children with brain lesions. The newly established nuclear medicine department, the first ever in the country has commenced bone scanning services using radioactive pharmaceuticals. This service is available both for medical and oncological diagnosis and treatment. Diagnostic medical endoscopy of both upper and lower gastrointestinal tract have been done at the UCH. Since the 1980’s the newly refurbished endoscopy unit has broadened the scope with services that now include fibre optic endoscopy of the oesophagus.


What is Transformation?

Transforming and redesigning our services must ultimately be about improving the quality of care, patient safety and the experience of patients.  It is also, by its nature, a means of involving and supporting staff to enable them to feel empowered to create new ideas, identifying innovative practices or new ways of working. This should encourage staff to make efficiencies in their own areas and challenge practices where inefficiencies exist in other areas.


Sepeteri Comprehensive Health Centre

Okuku Comprehensive Health Centre

Otunba Tuwanse National Pediatric Centre

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