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The Oldest Hospitals of Turkey

Here is the oldest hospitals in Turkey!

Turkey locates in the Anatolian land nnown as the cradle of civilization and among Mesopotamian culture, which has has a long history in the field of health. Turkey hosts first older known hospital of ruined Temple of Asclepius  and the first world medical center of Gevher Nesibe Hospital and Medical School; It stands out with its hospitals that have been actively serving for more than 500 years.

Here is the oldest hospitals in Turkey!

1.Istanbul Haydarpaşa Numune Hospital / Istanbul

istanbul haydarpaşa, the oldest hospital

The origins of Istanbul Haydarpaşa Numune Hospital date back to the Ottoman Empire period. The hospital, which was founded in the early 1800s, was established at the request of Sultan Abdulhamid II. Once the hospital was founded it was named as  Mektep-i Tıbbiye-i Şahane, which was changed to Haydarpaşa Numune Hospital in the Republic period.

The hospital also is the first medical school in Turkey’s history.The institution, which gave its first graduates in 1843, was deemed equivalent to medical faculties in Europe after 4 of its graduates passed the medical proficiency exam in Vienna in 1848 and received the title of “faculty”.

The hospital building was designed and built by Raimondo D’aranco, one of the important architects of that period, stands out with its architecture. This magnificent structure continues its existence today as a fully equipped hospital.

2.Ankara Numune Eğitim ve Araştırma Hospital /Ankara

ankara numune hospital

“Gureba Hospital”  was founded n 1881 and situated in the capital of Turkey , Ankara, considered as one of the oldest hospitals which still actively serves in Turkey.  The hospital, which was renamed “Ankara Numune Hospital” in 1924, has been hosting its patients since 1998 under the name of “Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital”.

The hospital with its architecture reflects the traces of the era in which it was founded,  Currently is among the largest complex in Turkey.

Due to the number of published academic and scientific publications, lthe hospital located in the first rank  of scientific contribution in Turkey.

ankara numune hospital

Hospital has a capacity of 1109-beds and services in 30 main branches and provides training in 25 branches.

By providing services to hundreds of thousands foreign and Turkish patients , hospital has significantly achieved world’s major accomplishments.

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3.Private Balıklı Rum Hospital / İstanbul

Private Balıklı Rum Hospital / İstanbul

Hospital was constructed inn the 1400s and considered as the oldest hospital known private which is still  serving patients in Turkey.

Established in 1454 by the Greek community during the Ottoman Empire, the hospital was moved outside the walls of Istanbul during the plague epidemic in the 18th century. The hospital, which faced many disasters such as flood, fire and earthquake over the years, was rebuilt after the Istanbul earthquake in 1894. Balıklı Rum hospital is managed by the Hospital Foundation and has a first private drug treatment clinic in Turkey.

Every year hospital serves 6000-7000 patients, with its rich history and its experienced management approach is one of the leading hospitals in Turkey.

4. Private Surp Pırgiç Armenian Hospital /Istanbul

Private Surp Pırgiç Armenian Hospital /Istanbul

It was established by the Armenian Community with the decree of Sultan Mahmut II. The one of the oldest hospitals in Turkey. Today, Yedikule Surp Pırgiç is managed by Armenian Foundation. The hospital, which was founded by the Armenian Community in 1832 with the decree of Ottoman Sultan Mahmut II which was completed in May 1834 and started to serve.

The hospital since its establishment, has been serving uninterruptedly including the War of Independence time, also draws attention with its architecture.

Surp Pırgiç Armenian Hospital Chapel is also located in the hospital campus.

5.Haseki Eğitim ve Araştırma Hospital/ Istanbul

Haseki Eğitim ve Araştırma Hospital/ Istanbul

Haseki Sultan Hospital was built in 1550 by Hürrem Sultan, one of the leading women in both Ottoman and world history. The institution, which served all citizens from its establishment until the 1800s, was allocated to women in 1843. Since this time, hospital, which has been serving women in need of care, homeless and orphans, has changed owers many times over the years and has been subjected to restoration. In 1994, hospital was transferred to the  Ministry of Health of Republic of Turkey and started to serve as education and research hospital. The institution provides treatment and care in many different branches to both Turkish and foreign patients.

6.Balta Limanı Kemik Hospital / Istanbul

Balta Limanı Kemik Hospital / Istanbul

The hospital, which was built by Grand Vizier Mustafa Reşit Pasha in the 19th century, was bought by the Ottoman Treasury after the death of Pasha. In 1944, the institution started to operate as a hospital and today serves as one of Turkey’s and Europe’s most successful hospital.

The hospital, which has a capacity of 136 beds, also has 2 training clinics as an Orthopedics and Traumatology Clinic and a Hand Surgery Clinic.

Finally, the Oldest Known Medical Faculty in History: Gevher Nesibe Hospital and Medical School

The Medical School located in Kayseri, Turkey  was built in 1206 by Anatolian Seljuk ruler I Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev in the name of his sister, Gevher Nesibe Sultan.

The institution established in Anatolia, which is the oldest hospital and medical school of the post-Islamic period and one of the important inheritage of Anatolian history.

The building, which has a very important place in world medical history, consists of two parts. There is a hospital on the left and a medical school on the right side, and both sides of the building are connected to each other by corridors. The building, which is the first example of today’s university hospitals, can now be visited as a museum.

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