About Us

General Hospital Odan, Lagos, established in 1893, holds the distinction of being the oldest hospital in Nigeria. Located in the central business district of Lagos Island, between Broad Street and Marina, it is a cornerstone of healthcare in Lagos State and has played a pivotal role in the medical history of the nation.

Initially founded as a British military hospital, General Hospital Odan has evolved significantly over the decades. It was handed over to the Federal Government on October 1, 1960, and later to the Lagos State Government on May 7, 1967. This transition marked a new era of local administration and expansion of services.

Our History

Founding and Early Years

Established in 1893, General Hospital Odan began its journey as the first general hospital in Nigeria. The hospital’s rich history includes the establishment of a Nursing School in 1952 and the commencement of various essential medical services such as general outpatient care, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Transition and Growth

In 1960, the hospital was handed over to the Federal Government and subsequently to the Lagos State Government in 1967. These transitions facilitated the expansion of services and infrastructure, making it a key training center for doctors, pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, and medical technologists across Nigeria.

Legacy and Impact

The hospital is notable for its contributions to the medical community, including the founding of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) within its premises. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology department, initially part of the hospital, was later transferred to Massey Street, a site that became notable for the birth of many prominent Lagosians.

Our Services

At General Hospital Odan, Lagos, we are committed to providing comprehensive healthcare services to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Our services include:

General Medical Services

  • General Outpatient Care
  • Inpatient Treatment Facility
  • General Medicine

Specialized Medical Services

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physiotherapy

Women’s Health Services

  • Maternity Care
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (with historical ties to Massey Street Children Hospital)

Children’s Health Services

  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency Services

Support Services

  • Nursing Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Pathology
  • Radiology (established in 1913)
  • Dental Care

Special Clinics

  • Chest Clinic (for tuberculosis care)
  • Physical Medicine
  • Medical Rehabilitation Centre

Additional Facilities

  • Blood Bank (initially began operations at Massey Street Children Hospital)

Why Choose Us?

Experienced Professionals

Our team consists of highly trained and experienced medical professionals dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare services.

Comprehensive Care

From general outpatient services to specialized medical treatments, we offer a wide range of healthcare services under one roof.

Legacy of Excellence

As the oldest hospital in Nigeria, we have a long-standing tradition of excellence in healthcare and medical training.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

We are equipped with modern medical equipment and facilities to ensure the highest standard of care for our patients.

Hours of Operation:

24/7 Emergency Services
General Services: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


At General Hospital Odan, Lagos, we are dedicated to continuing our legacy of providing high-quality healthcare services to the community. With our comprehensive range of medical services, experienced professionals, and state-of-the-art facilities, we are committed to meeting the healthcare needs of every patient. Visit us today to experience our exceptional care.