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Gartnavel General Hospital is a teaching hospital in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. The hospital is located next to the Great Western Road, between Hyndland, Anniesland and Kelvindale. Hyndland railway station is adjacent to the hospital. The name Gartnavel is derived from the Gaelic Gart (field or enclosure) Ubhal (apple) - i.e. field of apple trees.[2] It is managed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[3]

Gartnavel General Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
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Gartnavel General Hospital
Gartnavel General Hospital is located in Glasgow council area
Gartnavel General Hospital
Shown in Glasgow
LocationGreat Western Road, Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates55°52′59″N 4°18′45″W / 55.88292°N 4.31248°W / 55.88292; -4.31248Coordinates: 55°52′59″N 4°18′45″W / 55.88292°N 4.31248°W / 55.88292; -4.31248
Care systemNHS Scotland
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Glasgow
Emergency departmentNo
WebsiteGartnavel General Hospital
ListsHospitals in Scotland
Other linksList of hospitals in Scotland



The hospital, which was designed by Keppie, Henderson & Partners in association with Thomas Astorga,[4] was sited beside the existing Gartnavel Royal Hospital.[5] It was initially used to house units from the Western Infirmary that were relocating while the hospital buildings were being demolished and replaced.[6] The hospital was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in October 1973.[4]

Originally a single eight storey block containing 576 beds standing on a three storey podium,[7] further buildings have since been added, with the most recent being a new cancer care centre in 2007[8] to replace the current Beatson Oncology Centre facilities that are currently spread between Gartnavel, the Western Infirmary and the Royal Infirmary.[9]

Brownlee CentreEdit

The Brownlee Centre for Infectious and Communicable Diseases opened on the Gartnavel General Hospital site in 1998, replacing services and research laboratories at the city's Ruchill Hospital. It is one of four laboratories in the UK on the WHO list of laboratories able to perform PCR for rapid diagnosis of influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in humans.[10]

The Brownlee Centre was designated as the receiving centre for any potential Ebola virus disease cases during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[11]

On 29 December 2014, Pauline Cafferkey, a British aid worker who had just returned from Sierra Leone was diagnosed with Ebola virus disease at the centre.[12][13] On 30 December 2014, she was transferred to the specialist Ebola treatment centre at the Royal Free Hospital in London for longer-term treatment.[14]


  1. ^ "Annual Trends in Available Beds". Information Services Division, Scotland. 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Neighbourhoods". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Gartnavel General Hospital". NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Gartnavel General Hospital". Historic Hospitals. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Gartnavel Gala to Mark 30 Great Years". NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 14 October 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  6. ^ Loudon MacQueen; Archibald B. Kerr (1974). The Western Infirmary 1874 - 1974. John Horn Limited. ISBN 0-9505552-0-7.
  7. ^ Alistair Tough (23 July 1998). "Records of Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland". Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archive. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  8. ^ "Work begins on £87m cancer centre". BBC News. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  9. ^ "About Us". Beatson Oncology Centre. Archived from the original on 5 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
  10. ^ "List of countries able to perform PCR to diagnose influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in humans" (PDF). WHO. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Games Ebola safeguards stepped up". 12 July 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow hospital". BBC News. 29 December 2014.
  13. ^ Severin Carrell, Libby Brooks and Lisa O'Carroll (29 December 2014). "Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey transferred to London unit". BBC News. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2018.

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