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Dr. Kathryn Spangenberg
Head of Directorate

Directorate of Polyclinic (Family and Preventive Medicine). One of the nine directorates created in 2001 .

The Directorate is managed by a team of eight members: Head of Directorate, Lead Clinician, Head of Physiotherapy, Head of Public Health, Pharmacy Manager, Business Manager, Nurse Manager and Accountant.

The Directorate has the following units:

  • Family Medicine, provides specialized primary care to all clients independent of gender, age, or complaint attending the Directorate. Services include: OPD walk-in, archiving services, 24hour pharmacy services, Staff- clinic, 24 hour inpatient care, after-hour emergency care and follow up booking appointments. We run a Chronic Care Clinic by appointment.

The directorate has accreditation from The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons for the training of residents in Family Medicine. At present eleven residents are at different levels of training.
We also support training of students in medicine, laboratory science, general nursing, community health nursing,pharmacy technology.

Partnerships for teaching and research collaboration are with:
- KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) College of Health Sciences
- Korle Bu Polyclinic/ University of Ghana College of Health Sciences
- University of Michigan, Faculty of Family Medicine

Research projects:

  • Ghana Mother’s study (perinatal mental health, mental health and social support among bereaved mothers)
  • How health care professionals cope with perinatal death
  • Physician and Nurse perspectives on Depression in Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Ghana


  • Public Health

The mission of the Public Health Unit is to provide a comprehensive array of public health services to staff, patients and other clients of the hospital with a view to improving and promoting health and preventing disease.
The specific objectives of the unit are:

  • To collect, collate, analyze and interpret health-related datasets in the hospital and disseminate this information for action
  • To provide immunization and health promotion services to all children seen in KATH
  • To provide services for the promotion and protection of the health of staff in KATH
  • To develop public health oriented policies for KATH
  • To adapt national guidelines and policies on Public Health for KATH
  • To promote and conduct public health research

The unit currently has the following sections:

  • Reproductive and Child Health
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Occupational Health
  • Counselling and Testing

The unit has various categories of staff including Public Health Physicians, Public Health Nurses, Community Health Nurses, Disease Control Officers, Health Information Officers and Counsellors.
The activities of the unit are undertaken by staff either based in specific directorates or units or by staff of the unit conducting their activities in other directorates.

- Timeliness for vaccine uptake among children accessing services at KATH MCH clinic


  • Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy Unit seeks to provide specialized Physical Theurapeutic Care in order to maintain, restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking into account variation in health status. The unit seeks to provide quality service through a professional environment to meet the needs and expectations of all its clients. The unit activities cover both In-patient and Out-patient care and this include consultation, clinical practice, health education, outreach programmes, training and research.


- To determine the incidence and the causes of brachial plexus paralysis among children under one year and  their physiotherapy intervention
- A four year review of post-injection paralysis among children seen at the Physiotherapy Unit at KATH.
- Patient satisfaction with physiotherapy management of facial paralysis at KATH.

General administrative and financial services are offered in The Directorate.

Email: polyclinic@kathhsp.org

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