The Nairobi Hospital specialised healthcare units
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Cancer Treatment Centre
The Nairobi Hospital Cancer Treatment Centre opened its doors in July 2012, and continues to offer state-of-the-art cancer treatment by highly qualified and motivated staff in an atmosphere of safety, comfort, and trust to its clients.
The oncology team is made up of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, haematologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists, oncology nurses, nutritionists, and counsellors.
The Nairobi Hospital commits to remaining a leading healthcare institution in the region by offering highly specialised services using advanced technologies. The world-class services that are offered in the cancer treatment centre include chemotherapy and targeted therapies. We conduct radiotherapy using some of the latest technologies, including 3D, conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and volumetric-modulated ARC therapy (VMAT).
The IMRT and VMAT apply to diverse tumour sites in the body, including the head and neck, the brain, and the pelvis, with the added advantage of protecting the normal tissues around the tumour from the harmful effects of radiotherapy.
We also provide brachytherapy, which is either intra luminal intra cavity or interstitial, for a variety of cancers, including of the cervix, the prostate, and the oesophagus.
The prostate interstitial brachytherapy, performed by a team of specialists, involves placing radioactive seeds within the prostate gland under the constant guidance of an ultrasound. This brings about the added advantages of reducing the patient’s treatment time within the hospital, as well as the radiation dose required for some of the critical structures around the prostate.
Radio iodine ablation for conditions of the thyroid, including graves’ disease and thyroid cancer, is also offered. Further, we have counselling and support services for patients and some of their caregivers within the unit.
We also have a very vibrant multidisciplinary tumour board, which meets weekly. The team is made up of specialists who ensure that the highest standards of care is accorded to each patient at The Nairobi Hospital Cancer Treatment Centre.
All services are covered by the major insurance companies and NHIF.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit
The labour ward is a continuity of the services we offer in our outpatient clinics. At the Anderson Speciality Clinic, and at our satellite facilities, we have services that take the patient step by step through the whole journey from preconception to pregnancy and post-pregnancy care.
At the Anderson Speciality Clinic, we have a fertility clinic that assists couples to conceive, an antenatal clinic that is run by highly trained doctors who can manage any complications that may occur during pregnancy, and a postpartum clinic where the new-born and mother can both be assessed and family planning options be offered.
The World Health Organisation describes reproductive health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.
The Nairobi Hospital prides itself not only in its highly trained doctors and professionals, but also in the fact that they are friendly and approachable. The doctors are trained to look beyond the physical aspect of the patient and assess the psychological and emotional aspect as well.
Apart from checking the health of mothers and their babies, our doctors also provide useful information on how to keep healthy during the pregnancy, e.g., offering exercise and diet recommendations, or assisting the patient to make a decision on the most appropriate mode of delivery. For instance, they will help the patient decide if they want epidural during delivery, etc. They are also keen to assess the patient’s mental health during every visit, especially during the postpartum period.
The Anderson Specialty Clinic is supported by a fully-equipped lab and radiology department, and therefore, all tests and ultrasounds can be done within the department.
As already mentioned, reproductive health is much more than obstetrics or pregnancy alone. At the Anderson Specialty Clinic, apart from the general Gynaecological Clinic that runs form Monday to Thursday, we also have Gyn-oncology clinic (to manage reproductive cancers, e.g. Ovarian, Uterine, and Cervical Cancer), and the Urogynaecological Clinic to manage issues with the bladder in women, such as incontinence.
The Nairobi Hospital also prides itself in the modern labour ward, which offers quality care in a friendly and homely environment for expectant mothers, ensuring customer satisfaction and value for money. The labour wards are manned by licensed, skilled midwives who are regularly trained to ensure they keep up with the current trends.
The labour wards have hot baths, which help relax and soothe the mother during labour pains. Epidural services for painless labour are also available at a friendly cost. The mother and child are also monitored round the clock with prompt response to emergencies by readily available resident doctors.
Foetal monitoring and portable ultrasound machines are also available to help observe high-risk mothers with multiple gestations.
Lactation support services are readily available in the unit. Lactation nurses visit and educate mothers encountering breastfeeding challenges. Mothers are also taught on self-care, new-born care, and on danger signs to watch out for.
The Maternity Wing also houses the theatre for prompt management of obstetrics emergencies, Neonatal High Dependency Unit (NHDU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for ensuring the quick transfer of critically sick babies.
The tailor-made maternity packages allow customers to access quality nursing and medical services at a pocket-friendly rate. The units operate on the following days and hours:
Monday: 12 noon – 3pm
Tuesday: 8am – 3pm
Wednesday: 8am – 1pm
Thursday: 1.30pm – 4pm
Antenatal/Gynaecological Clinic: Satellite
Warwick Centre OPC, Wednesday and Friday: 10am – 4pm
Galleria Mall OPC, Wednesday: 8am – 1pm
Capital Centre OPC, Friday: 8am – 1pm
Kiambu Mall OPC, Wednesday: 9am – 1pm
Southfield Mall OPC Friday: 8am – 1pm
Rosslyn Riviera Mall OPC Tuesday: 9am – 1pm
Fertility Clinic: Friday: 2pm – 4pm
Urogynaecology clinic: Friday: 8am – 12 noon
Gyn-onclogy clinic: Thursday: 2pm – 4pm
Breast Clinic: Monday: 2pm to 4pm
The Nairobi Hospital has a well-organised dietetic department run by licensed clinical nutritionists and dieticians. Clinical dietitians/nutritionists at the hospital help patients make informed and practical decisions about food and lifestyle, while offering advice on both health and disease.
With well-identified nutrition needs of each patient, customised diet plans and literature is issued to ensure intake of appropriate nutrition based on disease condition and biochemical markers.
The nutritionists modify diets to optimise caloric targets and manage associated comorbidities. Due to the nature of our clientele, culture and meal delicacies are made available to meet the needs of our patients under the guidance of the dietetic department and our qualified catering section.
Inpatient nutrition care and therapy encompasses diagnostic, therapeutic interventions, and counselling services by a registered clinical nutritionist for the purpose of managing chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertensive disorders, lipid disorders, chronic, and autoimmune conditions, gastrointestinal dysfunction, healthy, or complicated pregnancies, disordered eating, kidney, and liver disease.
Weight management services are medical and/or surgical in nature, and include a number of diet regimes and lifestyle modification strategies. Meal planning and caloric targets, exercise plans and routine appointments for weight monitoring, help complete the care continuum.
A qualified clinical nutritionist will have a one-on-one session and/or group family sessions to create individualised nutrition plans based on personal goals and medical needs. Monthly appointments focus on providing the tools necessary to achieve sustainable lifestyle, and manage challenges and behavioural change.
The programme (minimum of three months) introduces patients to appropriate eating patterns and provides necessary health information and dietary guidance needed to achieve optimal wellness.
The scope of work in the Dietetic department is not limited to in-patient or outpatient centres clientele, but is well aligned to support patients from different clinics, e.g. Oncology Centre, Executive Clinic, Wellness Clinic, Family Health Clinic, Weight Loss Clinic. The department also holds organised sessions for cancer support groups.
In liaison with the Obs/Gynaecology Clinic, we are able to help women realise a healthy weight, and manage altered oral glucose tolerance test and hormonal related conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome to optimal reproductive health.
In our Oncology Centre, the focus is not limited to the patient alone, but more on the family and care givers, with organised education sessions to include:
- Managing eating problems and symptoms related to surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, such as weight loss, gastrointestinal disturbances, and appetite concerns.
- Appropriate oral nutrition supplements for optimal health.
- Nutrition education and guidance on various diets, including meal plans as desired.
- Review and analysis of current intake to better formulate eating strategies to meet vitamin and mineral needs through diet to boost the immune system.
- Feeding regimes on specialised treatments (tube feedings).
- Managing unintended weight loss or gain through lifestyle nutrition guidelines for cancer survivors through routine clinic follow-ups and hospital-organised cancer support groups.
In the wards, the clinical nutritionists are available for consultations and accept all self-referrals. One can request the nurse or personal doctor to contact the unit for relevant details.
Dietetic services are available throughout the week at the main hospital and outpatient centres on specific days as below:
- Warwick nutrition clinic (every Thursday 9am-4pm)
- Capital Centre nutrition clinic days (every Tuesday 9am-4pm)
- Galleria nutrition clinic (every Monday 9am-4pm)
- Anderson nutrition clinic (everyday 8am-4pm, and Saturday 9am-12 noon).