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Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) is a 1,677-bed acute hospital located in Shieldhall (Govan) in the south-west of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The hospital is built on the site of the former Southern General Hospital and opened at the end of April 2015. The hospital comprises a newly built 1,109-bed adult hospital, a 256-bed children’s hospital and two major Emergency Departments, one for adults and one for children, in addition to buildings retained from the former hospital. There is also an Immediate Assessment Unit for local GPs and out-of-hours services, to send patients directly, without having to be processed through the Emergency Department.[1]

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
QEUH.jpg
The entrances to the adults and children's facilities.
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is located in Glasgow council area
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Location within Glasgow
Geography
Location1345 Govan Road, Shieldhall, Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates55°51′45″N 4°20′29″W / 55.862412°N 4.341361°W / 55.862412; -4.341361Coordinates: 55°51′45″N 4°20′29″W / 55.862412°N 4.341361°W / 55.862412; -4.341361
Organisation
Care systemNHS Scotland
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian University
Services
Emergency departmentYes (and Major Trauma)
Beds1,677
256 Children[1]
SpecialityNeuroscience
Spinal cord injury
Nuclear Medicine
Paediatrics
Maternity
History
FoundedMay 2015
Links
Websitewww.nhsggc.org.uk/patients-and-visitors/main-hospital-sites/new-south-glasgow-hospitals-campus/new-south-glasgow-hospitals-campus-map/
Other linksList of hospitals in Scotland

The retained buildings include the Maternity Unit, the Institute of Neurological Sciences, the Langlands Unit for medicine of the elderly and the laboratory. The whole facility is operated by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[2][3]

While some parts of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital have their own distinct identity and dedicated specialist staff, such as the Royal Hospital for Children, each is completely integrated with linkages for patient transfer, diagnostic services, emergency care and even a rapid access lift from the emergency helicopter pad on the roof of the adult hospital. For example, the new children’s hospital is not only linked to the adult hospital but also both the adult and children’s hospitals are linked to the redeveloped maternity building and to the Neurosciences Institute.[4]

The hospital hosts services relocated from the Western Infirmary, the Victoria Infirmary including the Mansion House facility, some services from Royal Infirmary and a range of inpatient services from Gartnavel General Hospital.[1] In addition, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, previously based at Yorkhill, was moved to a new building adjoining the adult hospital and renamed the "Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow".

It is the largest hospital campus in Europe.[5][6]

Contents

HistoryEdit

In 2008, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde submitted a business case to the Scottish Government[7] for a new acute hospital to replace facilities at the Western Infirmary and Victoria Infirmary, and to relocate the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, to a new building adjoining the new adult hospital.[8] Designs were unveiled for the hospital campus in November 2009,[9] with public funding being approved.[10] The adult hospital, children's hospital and laboratory buildings were designed by Nightingale Associates,[11] with construction carried out by Multiplex, who previously built Wembley Stadium.[12]

At the time of construction the hospital, originally named the South Glasgow University Hospital, was Scotland's largest ever publicly funded NHS construction project,[13] costing £842 million to build.[14] it was built on and around site of the old Southern General Hospital, with construction starting in early 2011. Originally to be called South Glasgow University Hospital,[15] it was granted the right to use the name "Queen Elizabeth University hospital" by Queen Elizabeth II.[16][17] It was originally hoped the new hospital would be ready by 2014,[18] but medical services did not start to be transferred until April 2015, when the first services began being transferred from other hospitals[14] and was fully operational by summer 2016.[19]

A physical above ground link for patients and staff from the main building into the Maternity and Neurosciences Institute buildings was constructed, allowing most of the campus to be traversed without going outside. The main hospital facilities are also linked to the laboratory buildings via an underground tunnel and pneumatic tube system.[2][20]

The retained buildings from the former hospital, notably the Institute of Neurological Sciences, also started to receive external and internal refurbishment, with a cosmetic panel cladding being applied to the outside of the building in order to bring its appearance in-line with the new hospital buildings at a cost of circa £40 million.[21]

ServicesEdit

Adults' hospitalEdit

The adult hospital features 1,109 patient rooms. Rooms within general wards have an external window view. Each room is equipped with private shower and toilet facilities in addition to entertainment such as television and radio. The first floor houses a 500-seat hot food restaurant and a separate cafe. The atrium features shops and banking machines and a lift system that automatically guides users to the lift that will take them to their destination most efficiently.[22] In addition to a canteen and coffee shop, the atrium in the adult hospital building also contains retail outlets including include: Marks & Spencer; WHSmith; Camden Food co; and Souped Up & Juiced. There are also cash machines located in the hospital.[22] It is estimated that the hospital serves 41% of Scotland's population.[23]

Children's hospitalEdit

The Royal Hospital for Children, while retaining a somewhat separate identity, is adjoined and integrated with the adult hospital. With 256 beds and five floors, it replaced the Royal Hospital for Sick Children located in Yorkhill, Glasgow.[24]

Maternity UnitEdit

The maternity unit, which was built in 1970 and has been retained from the Southern General Hospital,[25] is situated directly across from the children's hospital facilities.[26]

Institute of Neurological SciencesEdit

The Institute of Neurosciences, which was built in 1972 and has been retained from the Southern General Hospital,[25] provides Neurosurgical, Neurological, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuroradiological, Neuropathology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery facilities for the West of Scotland.[25] Attached to the institute is The Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Unit for Scotland which provides a spinal injuries service to the whole of Scotland. This is housed in a purpose-built facility attached to the Institute of Neurosciences.[27] Approximately 60% of the unit's workload is emergency care.[28]

Langlands BuildingEdit

The medicine for the elderly unit, which was built in 2001 and has been retained from the Southern General Hospital,[29] is housed in the Langlands Building at the southern end of the hospital campus and is linked to the rest of the hospital via a link bridge.[30]

LaboratoryEdit

The laboratory, which was built in 2012 and has been retained from the Southern General Hospital,[31] provides centralised laboratory services for the whole of Scotland.The building hosts medical laboratory space to support blood sciences, medical genetics, medical pathology and microbiology. It also houses the hospitals facilities management offices and staff. The mortuary is also based here and is located in the basement.[32] It is staffed by more than 800 people and also undertakes research.[31]

TransportationEdit

The campus features an "Arrival Square" which is located at the front entrance of the adult hospital and is intended to function as the hospital's transport interchange. With patient drop-off zones, access to bus services serving the city and its suburbs, a boardwalk connecting the adult and children’s hospitals and a taxi stand.[20] Around 90 buses an hour service the facility.[33] 500 bicycle racks are provided for those cycling to the campus.[34]

The nearest train station is Cardonald railway station and the nearest Glasgow subway station is Govan subway station.[35] The parking arrangements on the site have been criticised by staff as there are currently only around 3,000 free bays for over 10,000 staff.[36]

Automated guided vehiclesEdit

 
Automated Guided Vehicles charging in the hospital's basement level.

The adult, children and laboratory buildings within the hospital are equipped with a fleet of 26 of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to carry supplies, using dedicated lifts and a network of underground tunnels.[37]

The dedicated lifts that are used by the robots are separated for clean and dirty goods and the robots travel in non public corridors located in the basement.[38] The fleet is estimated to have cost £1.3 million.[39]

"Death Star"Edit

When the hospital opened its doors, locals nicknamed it the "Death Star" due to its star-shaped design, large size and the landing pad for aircraft on the roof.[40][41][42]

ReferencesEdit

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