In the early 1960’s, a Gurkha soldier extended an invitation to a physician in the British Army to start a medical project in the Okhaldhunga District. From its beginnings as a small remote clinic, it has grown into a medium-sized community hospital of 50 inpatient beds, with plans to expand towards a 100-bed hospital in the future. It also hosts a Community-Based Rehabilitation program and a School of Nursing.
Nestled in a remote region of the foothills of the Himalayas due south from Mount Everest, the hospital is a referral centre for Okhaldhunga District and additionally serves people in the surrounding districts, accounting for a population of more than 250,000. The hospital provides primary hospital services, particularly in the areas of adult medicine and surgery, maternity, paediatrics and orthopaedics. When patients require more specialised treatment they are referred to a larger centre – most commonly Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital