13 What is So Terrible in the Main Hospital of Sevastopol?

What is So Terrible in the Main Hospital of Sevastopol?

Posted on September 3, 2011 by team

“Sevastopol’s City Hospital №1 named after Nikolay Pirogov is one of the most powerful medical institutions created in Ukraine. It includes a hospital with 792 beds, 4 outpatient clinics and the department of family medicine” – these words can be read on the official site of the hospital on the Internet.

This summer, the hospital was visited by the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He was quite horrified by that what he saw. He said: “Most of the buildings of the hospital were built in the 19th century, after the war. Wards are in a terrible condition! It seems that since the battle of Sevastopol nothing has changed here!”

Right after the visit of the Prime Minister it was decided to demolish one of the buildings and construct the new one in its place… But what was so terrible in that what the Prime Minister saw? Let’s see ourselves.

This is the building that is going to be demolished soon. It dates back to the Second World War during which it was partially destroyed.

“Shelter”. This inscription has already been here for many many years.

This building houses several departments. This is the therapeutic one able to accommodate 60 people.

ENT was transferred to the urology department for a time.

If you look at the building from the other side you will see some incredible outhouse.

This is the porch of the department of maxillofacial trauma. Now it’s temporarily transferred to the surgery.

The city authorities said that the schedule of emergency operations wouldn’t be violated during the period of reconstruction. They especially stressed the word “emergency”…

Very soon this building will be replaced by the new one. Still nobody knows how it will look and what area will have.

Let’s have a walk along the territory of the hospital (which is quite big by the way). “In case of fire emergency call 01”


Except for several restored buildings, the other ones are in a very, very poor condition. At least outwardly. “Ultrasound investigation”.

The rear side of the same building.

The door is visually closed, but nonetheless, the pit in front of the entrance is depressing.

The paint on the side of an ambulance seems to be as old as the hospital itself.

This building is younger than the others but apparently not much.

The rudiment of abandonment and destruction.

The monument to Pirogov, in honor of whom the hospital was named. One can see two restored buildings in the background.

The gynecology department.

The building is not much better than the others.

The rear wall of the building. “Oxygen, oil-hazardous”.


There are a lot of homeless dogs and cats on the territory.

Signs are easily ignored here as a lot of private cars move along the territory.

And its not only the patients of the hospital but also the visitors of a nearby market who feel free to park their cars on the territory.

The plate says: “The entry of motor transport, except for the motor transport of the medical emergency service, is strictly forbidden!”


The window in the back yard. As you see, the front side of almost all the buildings is more or less ok, but their backs leave much to be desired…

The back door of one of the departments.

A specially organized place for smokers.

“Funeral services”.


The main entrance to the hospital reception.

To somehow conclude we must say that the hospital plays a really important part in the life of Sevastopol. It is visited by 1.200 people per shift (about 700.000 complaints a year). The surgeons of the hospital perform 13.000 operations annually. So we hope that soon the conditions in which they work will become much better.

Location: Sevastopol

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13 responses to “What is So Terrible in the Main Hospital of Sevastopol?”

  1. Most of the people that work at this hospital will do the best they can despite the circumstances.It would be nice if these workers and the people they serve could get a new facility.

  2. perristalsis says:

    Quality of health care rendered isn’t necessarily reflected by the where, more by the who.

  3. paul says:

    i only wish that all maternity wards in the slavic cesspool countries could be as pathetic as this hospital is, then maybe we’d all be rid of the dogs.

  4. Ivan Ivonovich says:

    Not everything new is better. look at the US. less than 100 years as a super power and they are ready to fold under the weight of their own ego.

  5. Otis R. Needleman says:

    I’m sure the people who work there do their best, but there is simply no excuse for a hospital in such a state.

    • Monkeycheezz says:

      I lived in place’s like this town, where hospital look like a meat factory. But trust me, the doctors who worked there are more experianced in there worke iv ever seen.

  6. alessio says:

    Unfortunately Ukraine is full of those crumbeled buldings.

    Poor Ukraine,the CCCP mistreated Orphan.

  7. j pigden says:

    The obvious solution is to build a new hospital, move into it, then tear down the old one. This takes about 2 years. The other choice is a long building process where each department is moved into a new section and the one they just vacated is rebuilt. This is a never ending project.

  8. CZenda says:

    Do the “Ritual services” really mean “Funeral services”? Maybe it is a chapel?

  9. John Thomas says:

    Oh the wonderful Government Health Care System! You won’t live through it, but at least it’s “Free”, right?

  10. molodets says:

    I’m american and live in sevastopol full time, about a 7 minute walk to this hospital. (retired). I didn’t even recognize the first photo of the hospital. Although the buildings are decayed, this does not affect the quality of the personnel or the quality of care. Quality is affected by ATTITUDE of the health care providers. Sometimes you are lucky and get someone who is interested in helping you. At other times, the attitude is simply “go away because I really want to take another drag of vodka.” Ukraine has many megarich people. It is such a pity that none, not even one of them, will make a philanthropic donation to improve hospital facilities. Well, that simply is the russian mentality.

  11. sinan says:

    Put aside everything else, only the damage to the health system done by the collapse of the USSR is enough, in my view, to send Gorbachev straight in front of a firing squad.

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