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Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi

Laboratory services are provided through a well-equipped, highly automated and professionally run facility, providing 24-hour service seven days a week.Laboratory services are provided through a well-equipped, highly automated and professionally run facility, providing 24-hour service seven days a week.For both the Medical College and the School of Nursing,) the principal site for clinical training is Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), which provides high-quality patient care in a broad range of secondary and tertiary care services. This academic medical centre's professional staff and facilities are among the best in the region. Modern patient care is made possible through collaboration between various health professionals and provision of state-of-the-art equipment to support diagnosis and treatment. Care is available to all patients in need. Those who are unable to pay for treatment, receive generous assistance through a variety of subsidies and the Hospital's patient welfare programme.

Operational since 1985


AKUH is a philanthropic, not-for-profit, private teaching institution committed to providing the best possible option for diagnosis of disease and team management of patient care. The Hospital’s multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and care ensures a continuum of safe and high-quality care for patients – all services under one roof.

The University Hospital provides high quality of patient care in a broad range of secondary and tertiary services to over 50,000 hospitalised patients and to approximately 600,000 outpatients annually. AKUH currently has 597 beds (543 in-patient and 54 Day Care Oncology beds). ****

In September 2006, AKUH became the first hospital in Pakistan and one of the select few teaching hospitals in the world to be awarded Joint Commission International accreditation for achieving and maintaining highest international quality standards in healthcare. It has since been re-accredited twice.

AKUH is also the first hospital in Pakistan and among the first few teaching hospitals in the world to receive ISO 9001: 2008 certification.

In July 2012, the Aga Khan University Hospital won the Environment Excellence Award 2012. This is the fifth consecutive win – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – for the Hospital and the sixth win overall. The first time the University Hospital participated in the Awards and won was 2006.

This award, sponsored by the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme and the Ministry of Environment, Government of Pakistan, is given to organisations making an excellent contribution to sustainable development.

In 2012, Pakistan’s first fully automated biochemistry laboratory was inaugurated at Aga Khan University Hospital. This state-of-the-art lab, capable of processing 8-10 million clinical chemistry tests annually, represents a milestone in diagnostic testing in Pakistan.  

For AKUH, it will increase the clinical laboratory’s workload capacity two- to three-fold. The automated lab will help the University Hospital maintain a high quality diagnostic testing service not only for its patients within the hospital but within the wider community in Pakistan and elsewhere. All samples coming for testing are also bar coded – the codes contain patient and test information – to eliminate any id errors and speed up testing.

AKUH’s country-wide lab system includes a main lab with 12 stat labs and 205 specimen collection units throughout Pakistan. All the stat labs and the main lab are linked electronically, allowing test results to be reported as soon as they are performed. Patients can also get their reports online, if they wish, instead of visiting the laboratory collection points again.

The state of the art Aquilion ONE 640 slice CT scanner is now operational at Radiology Department AKUH. The new scanner is superior to the previously used 64 slice CT in accuracy, reproducibility, consistency, radiation, safety and speed.

The machine provides whole brain perfusion and whole brain vascular analysis in just 60 Seconds, while showing 4-D dynamic movement of heart beat and brain function for accurate analysis.

Patient Facilitation and Assistance
For the convenience of international and national patients, the Marketing Department provides assistance by coordinating all necessary arrangements for their treatment at AKUH. This includes second opinion, appointment scheduling, cost estimation, patient accommodation and admission. We also provide transport, ambulance and hotel options for safe transfer of patient and their attendant. For the purpose AKUH has established a referral desk in Hyderabad and Quetta and a representative office in Dubai.

At Aga Khan University Hospital we are committed to providing exemplary health care to all. Through the generosity of donors and well-wishers to our Patient Welfare Programme and the Patients' Behbud Society for AKUH we are able to supplement the cost of medical care to those who need it most.

**** The Inpatients beds include 4 VIP, 104 Private, 100 Semi-Private and 197 General Ward beds. In addition, 71 Special Care Units and 12 Cardiac Step Down beds are located at various locations within the hospital and 55 Critical Care beds are available in Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Coronary Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Whereas 54 Day Care Oncology beds includes 8 Private, 10 Semi Private and 36 General Ward beds.

The Hospital has 14 main operating theatres. There are four additional operating theatres in Surgical Day Care and 1 in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The Hospital is equipped to diagnose and treat Medical (including Cardiac), Surgical, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Psychiatry patients and its inpatients have an average length of stay of 3.3 days.

The Hospital also provides comprehensive Oncology Services for almost all adult and Paediatric Cancers including: Medical and Surgical Management, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy and Bone Marrow Transplant.

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