The Hospital is believed to have been opened by the British around 1928. A considerable amount of renovation work as well as new constructions have been carried out over the years, but the Hospital still consists of a large number of individual buildings in different shades of quality, size, architecture and appearance. As part of Government efforts to improve health care infrastructure towards Universal Health Coverage, the Hospital was considered for expansion and upgrading. Consequently, the Government of Ghana and the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of the USA; and the HSBC Bank of the United Kingdom signed an agreement to build an ultra-modern facility of about 620 beds, with the full complement of specialist services that would adequately meet the growing demand for quality secondary and tertiary level health care services in the Greater Accra Region.
The new GARH has among others, an ultra-modern 420-bed capacity, a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment block with 24-hour surgery department, delivering unit, accident and emergency unit, pharmacy, a logistic building, a 42-accommodation facility for staff, a school of Anaesthesia, a new mortuary and a new road network.
Regional Hospitals provide a secondary level of healthcare for the regions where they are located. They form an integral part of the regional health system. They are managed by Medical Directors and provide general specialist care involving skills and competence not available at the District Hospitals. Some of the Regional Hospitals (like the GARH) may have complex and sophisticated equipment and facilities to handle a variety of specialised conditions. They may refer cases to the Teaching and other Specialist Hospitals.
As Regional Hospital for the Greater Accra Region, its catchment area is the whole of the Region with an estimated population of about 4,283,322 inhabitants. However, the immediate catchment area includes the following suburbs: Nima, Maamobi, Kanda, Accra New Town, Kotobabi, Osu, La, Adabraka, Achimota, Airport Residential Area and Central Accra.
To become a centre of excellence in the provision of secondary level services to ensure a healthy population with universal access to quality health service
To provide and prudently manage comprehensive and accessible quality health care service with emphasis on secondary level health care services in accordance with approved national policies
As a Regional Hospital the Broad functions include:
As a Regional Referral Centre in the national capital, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital has all the essential services in line with its mandate as the secondary referral centre. Broadly the New Hospital provides the following services: Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, New-born and Paediatrics, Accident & Emergency, Radiology and Pharmacy. The Hospital also provides Teaching and Training Services for undergraduates and Postgraduates as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) for staff.