Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is an NHS and military hospital in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, situated very close to the University of Birmingham. The hospital, which cost £545 million to construct, opened in June 2010, replacing the previous Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital.
|Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham|
|University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust|
The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, March 2011
Location within West Midlands
|Location||Edgbaston, Birmingham, England|
|Care system||National Health Service|
|Affiliated university||University of Birmingham|
|Emergency department||Yes - Major Trauma Centre|
|Lists||Hospitals in England|
The hospital provides a whole range of services including secondary services for its local population and regional and national services for the people of the West Midlands and beyond. The hospital has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe. It has the largest renal transplant programme in the United Kingdom and it is a national specialist centre for liver, heart and lung transplantation, as well as cancer studies. The hospital has the largest single-floor critical care unit in the world, with 100 beds, and is the home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine for military personnel injured in conflict zones. It is also a regional centre for trauma and burns. The hospital is served by University railway station which is a five-minute walk away.
With over 1,000 beds, QEHB is one of the largest single-site NHS hospitals in the United Kingdom.
A variety of charitable hospitals opened in Birmingham between 1817, when the Orthopaedic Hospital opened, and 1881, when the Skin Hospital served its first patients. One of these, Queens Hospital, established in 1840 by a young local surgeon William Sands Cox, was predominantly for clinical instruction for the medical students of Birmingham. In 1884 these institutions, including Cox's medical school, united as part of Mason College, which later became the University of Birmingham.
The original Queen Elizabeth Hospital was an NHS hospital in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham situated very close to the University of Birmingham. The building ultimately cost £1,029,057, which was £129,406 less than the money raised by donations.
The new hospital
The new hospital was built adjacent to the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. It was built to replace the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital, although it incorporated some of the newer parts of the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It was named the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, rather than the originally planned name of Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as the Ministry of Justice ruled that no word can precede a Royal Title.
The new hospital was part of a £1 billion urban regeneration plan for Bournbrook and Selly Oak which included the construction of a £350 million retail development and the construction of the Selly Oak bypass. Proposals for the new hospital were unveiled in 1998 and the outline design, which was unveiled in January 2004, was approved by Birmingham City Council in October 2004. It was the first acute hospital to be built in Birmingham since 1937.
The new hospital was procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract with Consort Healthcare signed in early 2006. The hospital was designed by BDP Architects and construction, which was undertaken by Balfour Beatty at a cost of £545 million, began in June 2006. Five Liebherr 280 EC tower cranes were used during construction. Three of the cranes were among the tallest free-standing structures in the UK. One of the cranes was at its maximum free-standing height, 90.2 m (295.9 ft) under the hook and could lift 12 t at 27.9 m (91.5 ft) or 4.9 t at 60 m (197 ft). The other two cranes stood at 79.5 m (260.8 ft).
The finished complex comprised three 63-metre-tall towers, each 9 stories tall. A sky-bridge was erected between one of the towers and the retained estate allowing access to the departments of oncology, the pharmacy and the Wellcome Research Centre. As well as providing patient care, provision was made for an education centre and retail outlets.
Services from Selly Oak hospital moved in during the week beginning 16 June 2010, and services from the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital finished moving in November 2011. This allowed simplification of operation due to two hospitals being relocated to one single site, which has the same capacity as the two previous hospitals combined.
The hospital has 1,215 patient beds including 100 critical care beds – largest single-floor unit in the world. It also has six MRI scanners, five CT scanners, four gamma camera/SPECT-CT systems, eight ultrasound rooms, five fluoroscopy rooms and five interventional radiology suites.
Those reported to have been treated there include:
- Schoolgirl and education activist Malala Yousafzai was flown in from Pakistan to receive treatment at the hospital after being shot in the head by the Taliban in an incident which the Daily Mirror said earned her plaudits across the world for her bravery and determination in recovery.
- Stephen Sutton, who raised millions of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, died aged 19 from colon cancer at the hospital on 19 May 2014.
A nurse at the hospital was suspended from the medical register in 2013 when a panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council proved more than 70 charges of incompetency.
In 2016 the death rate among patients receiving cardiac surgery was found to be above average for the nation. Among other criticisms it was suggested a bullying culture has prevented staff voicing concerns.
The Care Quality Commission rated the Queen Elizabeth Hospital overall as good.
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- Skyscrapernews: Birmingham Super Hospital Tower 1 2 3
- Skyscrapernews: Annotated image
- Skyscrapernews: Main entrance image
- "New Hospital Benefits". Retrieved 1 June 2019.
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- "Imaging Department" (PDF). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
- Military Care at new Birmingham Hospital
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- "Birmingham nurse 'did not know where the appendix is'". BBC News. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "'Liver branding' surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000". BBC News. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
- "Birmingham's QE Hospital: 'Bullying culture stopped speaking out'". BBC. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
- Overview and CQC Inspections
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