The Tamale Teaching Hospital, formerly known as the Tamale Regional Hospital, was commissioned on 2nd February, 1974 by Lt. Col. I. K. Acheampong, the then Head of State of Ghana. The Hospital is located in the Eastern part of the Tamale Metropolis with a total land surface area of 490,000 square meters, out of which 122,500 square meters has been developed. It is located in a catchment area which has a population of approximately 2.1 million.
The Hospital was established to serve as a medical referral centre for the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions, the northern parts of the Brong Ahafo Region and the neighbouring countries of La Cote D’ivoire Burkina Faso and Togo.
After twenty-eight (28) years of serving the region as a Regional Referral Hospital, the Hospital was designated as a Teaching Hospital in 2002. By the close of year 2008, the accreditation had been secured for all the four rotations required for housemanship training.
The Hospital has a bed capacity of three hundred and thirty-nine (339) and a workforce which is currently about one thousand, five hundred and ninety-seven (1,597).
The Hospital is undergoing major rehabilitation works and is expected to have a total bed capacity of six hundred (600) when work is completed.
The Teaching Hospital serves as a clinical teaching institution for the:
- School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies (SMHS-UDS) –Tamale
- Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Nursing and Midwifery Training College (NTC) – Tamale,
- Community Health Nursing Training School (CHNTS) -Tamale,
- Health Assistants Training School (HATS) – Damango, Nalerigu, Yendi, Salaga and Kpembe and
- Health module of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP).
The Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals Act 1996 (Act 525), accords the Tamale Teaching Hospital and other Teaching Hospitals an autonomous status in the country’s health sector albeit subject to policy guidance and strategic direction of the Ministry of Health in relation to the country’s health needs.