OPD Services

The Out Patient Department delivers first contact care to the care recipients. Services provided ranges from primary care, emergency care and first contact specialist care services..


Specialist Care Services

Information on the wide range of specialist care services, there history, evolution, future and how to obtain these services..

Clinic Services


Other Services

Information on Special units, paramedical units and other ancillary units providing services for the care recipients..


What is Medical Nutrition?

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored diet devised and monitored by a registered dietitian or professional nutritionist. The diet is based upon the patient's medical and psychosocial history, physical examination, functional examination and dietary history.

NHSL Medical Nutrition Unit History:

This is the newest addition to the Clinical care services provided by the NHSL. It was established on 16/10/2014.Currently this was conducted by MSc qualified four medical officers in Human Nutrition and the administrative supervision is carried out by the Deputy Director – NHSL and the technical supervision is assign to Dr. Renuka Jayatissa , the  Consultant Nutrition Specialist. This unit is established at the  OPD Building complex.

 Telephone extension - 2919

 Working hours – 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday

 8am – 12 noon Saturday

Functions of the unit

Patient Specific Services

  1. Detailed nutritional assessment

  2. Detailed dietary history and analysis of diets

  3. Setting nutritional goals.

  4. Tailor made nutrition care plan- enteral or parenteral

  5. Nutrition counselling

Other nutrition related services

  1. Nutrition related research

  2. Organizing nutrition related educational programmes and skill developmental programmes.

Referring system

  • Referrals from the OPD

  • Referrals from clinics

  • Referrals from Wards / ICU

  • Referrals from DMH/ CASTLE Street Hospital for Women/ Renal Unit – Maligawatta.


Web Link to Poison Information Centre- www.toxbaselanka.info


The National Poisons Information Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka was established on 1st of January 1988 with the assistance of the International development Research Centre, Canada.  It is situated in National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo under the Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition.  This centre is the first to be established in South-East Asia as a Poisons Information Centre with the effort of Prof. Ravindra Fernando who pioneered the establishment of the unit.  The National Poisons Information Centre has completed twenty six years of service.  The Centre now rendering its service nation-wide twenty four hours throughout the year.

The centre is now a full member of the World Federation of the Association of Clinical Toxicology and Poisons Control centres, and association affiliated to the World Health Organization.  In addition NPIC have the exclusive privilege to access the world class UK toxbase and Thailand poison information network.

It serves the entire country by providingup-to-date medicalinformation on all kinds of poison, aspects of poisoningand on acute poisoning management in Sri Lanka.  NPIC mainly provide clinical toxicology information related to hazard identification, clinical features of poisoning, diagnosis and management to the medical professionals.  Within the period of last twenty six years the centre has provided in response to 17493 enquiries made to the centre by medical professionals’ information regarding clinical management of poison exposure patients.

Health awareness and prevention of poisoning is one of the main scopes of the center. The center has freely distributed, printed leaflets, posters and stickers on prevention of chemicals, drugs, pesticides, plant and snake bites poisoning, identification of poisons and prevention of household poisoning and first-aid management to the general public and healthcare institutions. Furthermore, Centre is conducting awareness programs to the general public on prevention of poisoning as contributing to the National Health Week.

For the first time in the history of NPIC, official logo with its own identity for the center was introduced.  Four newsletters were also published with the approval of the Ministry of Health in year 2013 and 2014.  Newsletter 1 and 2 published in English medium was circulated among the all health care institutions and medical professionals.  The objective was to keep abreast the toxicology knowledge among the medical professionals by disseminating current cutting edge knowledge in toxicology spheres.  Newsletter 3 and 4 named as “Visa Vimasuma” and “Visa Vimansa” published in Sinhala medium were widely applauded by the among general public, school children etc.

The center has published and distributed updated medical book on Management of Poisoning.  In addition to this, Guidelines for Management of Paracetamol poisoning, Poisonous plants, Venomous snakes and Household poisoning, Banned chemical of Sri Lanka and Pesticide poisoning in Sri Lanka:  Review of the eighties and outlook for nineties were also published and freely distributed to all state hospitals throughout the Island as reference materials for the medical professionals.

NPIC also conducting in-service training programs and lectures for health care personnel and other relevant sectors.  The center has started for the first time to assist advance level students on their A/L projects to develop research methodology in the sphere of poisoning for their university entrance assignments by providing clinical data, leaflets, posters and handouts. Currently, critical care post graduate trainee doctors are experiencing week long comprehensive training in toxicology and poisoning management. Medical students are also doing their elective appointments for a one month period in the center.

Use of Agrochemicals and pesticides was identified as a major health problem in Sri Lanka.   In view to prevent pesticides and chemical poisoning in the country, the center provides safety evaluation reports with the expert advisory panel on new agricultural chemicals and pesticides introducing to the market with the request from the Pesticide Registration Office in Sri Lanka.

Prevalence of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin possibly caused by agrochemicals and heavy metals are currently identified as a major health concern in the country.  Therefore, NPIC launched a preliminary studies to find out the relationship of CKDu with heavy metals in the year 2014.

Poison centre has planned to establish a ground-breaking website on poison information in near future (Toxbase - Sri Lanka) for upgrade the quality of medical care related to acute and chronic poisoning, which will help to obtain clinical information with rapid access including advice on potentially hazardous doses and appropriate clinical management for the medical professionals.


Poison Centre Team

spinal-cord-injury-acute-management-model-unitAmong patients that admitted to the accident unit, management of patients with spinal cord injury is more complicated & their survival, reducing complication & rehabilitation are challenging. Few years ago survival of these patients was a difficult task. But now using the modern medicine ,they gain ability to live some years amid disabilities. There are special tasks to complete in this mission.

Main requirement is to have a specially trained rehabilitation team & a special treatment unit for their treatments . In developed countries, these kinds of units were started in 1930s.

Patients with spinal cord injury, when treating along with other injuries there is tendency to gain side effects. Therefore, necessity of a special treatment team arises.

Realizing these need, consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr.Narendra Pinto, who wanted to follow the  idea of Dr.Chandana Karunathilaka, established a separate ward for patient with spinal cord injuries on 06th April 2011. (Concurrently Asian Conference of Spinal Cord Injuries was held in Sri Lanka in 2011).

Mr.P.K.A.Kithsiri, who is a national trainer for nurses, was appointed by Ministry of Health to train Nurses for this special task. Thereafter, this ward, ward 53 developed as a special unit.

Members of the Unit,

  • Consultants & other doctors

  • Nurses

  • Physiotherapists

  • Occupational therapists

  • Social service officer

  • Minor staff

Other specialties of the ward

  • Nurses, therapists & Minor staff have been given a special train.

  • Trained nurses visits to ETU when necessary.

  • well organized rehabilitation team.

  • Patients receive  special food according to nutritionists’ advices.

  • Supplement of special instrument require for prevention of complications  like bed sores.  

(Special mattress, beds & rehabilitation instruments)

  • Mind relaxing environment

(Mini library, opportunities for sports like Carrom, facilities for handicrafts)

  • Special activities are organized.

Throughout the year other than the day to day treatments.
Celebration of New Year, Wesak, Day of disable persons, Musical programme & Christmas.
Staff’s dedication for these activities should be appreciated.

  • Family members of the patients receive a special training regarding patient’s urinary control & other complication. And also they are given an opportunity to meet Consultants if necessary. They are provided with printed hand bills .

  • Patients, who left the hospital, were given a Hot line number for discuss their problems. 0112 685814 &

Already shown the necessity of  this unit under following.

  • Patient can leave the hospital early.

  • It reduces government expenditure as side accident / effects are minimum.

  • Quality of the service is high. (with special training)

  • Researches & academic activities are feasible as availability of data regarding the patients.

Already the unit has given an opportunity to gain knowledge for trainees of various fields.

Eg :-

  • Medical students

  • Nursing students

  • Physiotherapists

  • Social service officials

  • Post graduate doctors

In addition, trained officers have contributed to training programmes island wide

Eg: - Programmes held at, hospitals of Batticalo, Vavniya, Rathnapurra & Ragama.

Scarcity of adequate space for expansion & development of the unit is a Main problem. It is necessary to have a adequate space for handle Wheelchair.

As the first unit of these kinds, established in a teaching hospital in Sri Lanka, our vision is to upgrade this unit & train the staffs of the other teaching hospitals for this special task. A special note has to be made on the  ultimate service given with  lack of equipment . This unit should have the ultra modern equipment to face the future.     


The Accident & Orthopaedic Service (AOS) of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka is the Level 1 Trauma Care Centre in Sri Lanka. It was declared open in 15-03-1991 & constructed under the Development Coordination Program between Republic of Finland & Sri Lankan Government.

The Accident and Orthopaedic services of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka is the premier designated trauma care centre in Sri Lanka. It treats about 100,000 patients per annum of which almost 1/3 are given in- house care.

In Sri Lanka, traumatic injuries are the leading cause of hospitalization, accounting for 16% of the admission in government hospitals in 2012. The Accident and Orthopaedic services being the largest and the best equipped trauma care centre in Sri Lanka caters to those who are injured in accidents.

It has experienced many mass casualty incidents especially since the time the North- East conflict erupted. The worst disaster that the Accident and Orthopaedic services of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka managed was the bomb blast at Fort near the Central Bank on 31st January 1996, killing 60 and injuring 1350 innocent persons.

The eight storied Accident and Orthopaedic services building was constructed and equipped under the General Hospital, Colombo, rehabilitation project which was funded by the Finland government and declared open in 1991 by the late President R. Premadasa.

The Accident and Orthopaedic service consists of three operating theatres, two Intensive Care Units, two Observation wards, Blood bank and Radiological facilities including X rays, CT and MRI which are functioning 24 hours/ 365 days to facilitate the services and a casualty team including a casualty surgeon  physically present at the premises at all times.
The Orthopaedic department of the accident service consists of four units with bed strength of four hundred and thirty which functions under direct supervision of four senior consultant Orthopaedic surgeons.

The Accident service was further expanded with the opening of the Neuro-trauma centre at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka in 2011 by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksha. This centre was constructed and fully equipped at a cost of Rs. 3000 million and the funds for this project was provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Neuro-trauma centre is equipped with an Emergency Treatment Unit, 8 operation theatres, 6 ICU units inclusive of 66 beds, a High Dependency Unit and Wards with 228 beds   to provide a better service for head injury patients. A Helipad is also built to facilitate transfer of critical patients by helicopters in case of emergency.

 AOS has following facilities

  1. Receiving Area : Resuscitation Room, Yellow & Green areas, Plaster Room, Burn Room, Disaster Stocks,Two Static X ray Rooms with Mobile X ray facilities, Blood Bank
  1. Intensive Care Unit : 6 Beds with ventilators
  1. High Dependency Unit : 4 Beds with ventilators
  1. Operation Theatre : 3 Theatre Suits
  1. Central Sterile Supply Department

  2. Casualty Wards : Ward 72 Male, 46 Beds, Ward 73  Female, 46 Beds

On average, it treats about 300 patients per day, averaging about 100,000 patients per year. About 30, 000 patients are treated as in ward.

It has experienced many mass casualty incidents, during North East Conflict, & played a vital role in the health sector.

The worst disaster that the hospital managed was the Central Bank Bomb blast on 31-01-1996 & hospital received nearly 1300 patients in less than one hour time.

Summary of Major Incidents / Disasters / Assassinations handled by AOS is as follows.
Date Place / Area Admissions Deaths
1991-06-21 Flower Road, Colombo 07 92  -
1992 April Polonnaruwa 53  -
1992-04-10 Maradana 23 09
1993-05-01 Armor Street 23 13
1994-10-24 Grand Pass 72 54
1995-08-07 Independent Square 40 23
1995-11-11 Slave Island 52 11
1996-01-31 Pettah 1300 76
1996-07-25 Dehiwala  - 57
1997-10-15 Pettah 105 11
1998-03-05 Maradana 270 36
1999-12-18 Colombo 112 20
2000-01-05 Colombo 29 4
2000-02-08 Pettah 21 2
2000-03-10 Kotte Road 74 22
2000-06-07 Rathmalana 3 21
2000-06-14 Wattala 9 2
2000-08-07 High Courts - Gangodawila 7 1
2000-09-05 Colombo - 10 34 5
2000-10-19 Town Hall 24 3
2001-07-24 Katunayaka 9  -
2001-07-29 Kirulapana 23 4
2002-01-14 Rambukkana 15 2
2002-08-06 Colombo 12 1
2002-10-30 Maligawaththa 22 1
2002-11-19 Armour Street 43  -
2002-12-18 Grandpass 19 10
2005-04-27 Alawwa 13  -
2005-09-08 Katunayaka 10  -
2006-04-25 Slave Island 14  -
2006-06-15 Kebithigollawa 8 1
2006-08-08 Dickmans Road, Bambalapitiya 7  -
2006-08-14 Flower Road, Colombo 7 7
2006-10-10/11 From Palali Hospital 109 1
2006-10-16/17 From Palali Hospital 15 1
2006-12-01 Pittala Junction, Kollupitiya 11 1
2007-01-05 Nittambuwa 10  -
2007-02-06 BMICH 16  -
2007-04-29 Kolonnawa 6  -
2007-05-24 Colombo Fort 7 1
2007-11-07  - 41  -
2007-11-28 Narahenpita 2 1
2007-11-28 Nugegoda 5 1
2008-01-01 Kochchikade Church 11 2
2008-01-02 Slave Island 23 4
2008-01-03 Slave Island 16 4
2008-01-16 Buttala 2  -
2008-02-03 Colombo Fort Station 103 14
2008-02-04 Buttala 2  -
2008-04-06 Piliyandala 8 1
2008-05-16 Colombo Fort 74 10
2008-05-26 Railway Station, Dehiwala 7 1
2008-06-06 Katubedda 5 2
2008-08-30 Pettah 46  -
2008-09-16 Horton Place, Colombo 07 2  -
2008-09-29 Colombo Fort, Malwaththa Road 1  -
2008-10-09 Boralesgamuwa Junction 3  -
2009-01-02 In front of Air Force Camp, Slave Island 38 2
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Welcome to National Hospital

Centre of Excellence in Health Care.

The National Hospital situated in Colombo in a 32 acre block of land is the largest teaching hospital in Sri Lanka and the final referral centre in the country consisting of 3000 beds. it is the training centre for under graduates and post graduate trainees of the Faculty of Medicine. The nursing training school, Colombo, PBS, and Schools of Radiography, Pharmacy, Cardiograph, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are also affiliated to the National Hospital.


 ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික රෝහලේ බාහිර රෝගී සායනවල ලියාපදිංචි වී සිටින රෝගීන්ට තමන්ගේ මාසික ඖෂධ තැපැල් මඟින් ලබා ගැනීම 

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික රෝහලේ බාහිර රෝගී සායනවල ලියාපදිංචි වී සිටින රෝගීන්ට තමන්ගේ මාසික ඖෂධ තැපැල් මඟින් ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය කටයුතු සලසා ඇත. ඒ සඳහා පහත දක්වා ඇති දුරකථන ඇමතුම් මගින් කෙලින්ම ඇමතීමෙන් හෝ පහත දක්වා ඇති WhatsApp අංක වෙත පණිවිඩයක් එවීමෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ සායන  සමඟ සම්බන්ධ විය හැකිය

වැඩි විස්තර සඳහා කරුණාකර ක්ලික් කරන්න

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික රෝහලේ බාහිර රෝගී සායනවල ලියාපදිංචි වී සිටින රෝගීන්ට තමන්ගේ මාසික ඖෂධ තැපැල් මඟින් ලබා ගැනීම


இலங்கை தேசிய மருத்துவமனையின் OPD கிளினிக்குகளில் சேர்க்கப்பட்ட நோயாளிகள் தங்களது மாதாந்திர மருந்துகளை அஞ்சல் மூலம் பெறுகிறார்கள்

இலங்கையின்  தேசியமருத்துவமனையின் வெளிநோயாளர்கிளினிக்குகளில் பதிவுசெய்யப்பட்ட  நோயாளிகள்தொலைபேசிஹாட்லைன்கள் மூலம்நேரடியாக அழைப்பதன் மூலமாகவோ  அல்லது வாட்ஸ்அப்  மூலமாகவோ  தங்கள்  விவரங்களை  அந்தந்த  கிளினிக்குகளுக்கு வழங்கலாம். 

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இலங்கை தேசிய மருத்துவமனையின் OPD கிளினிக்குகளில் சேர்க்கப்பட்ட நோயாளிகள் தங்களது மாதாந்திர மருந்துகளை அஞ்சல் மூலம் பெறுகிறார்கள்


Delivery of Drugs to Clinic Registered Patients of National Hospital of Sri Lanka

Patients whom are registered at Outpatient clinics of National Hospital of Sri Lanka can reach their respective clinics by directly calling through the telephone hotlines or they can WhatsApp their details to the respective clinics. Please note to use only one method to contact the clinics.

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Contact numbers of Out Patient Clinics of NHSL for Delivery of Medicine


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