Gartnavel General HospitalEdit profile
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. The hospital was opened in December 1972 beside the existing Gartnavel Royal Hospital, to house units from the Western Infirmary that were relocating while the hospital buildings were being demolished and replaced. The hospital was formally opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in 1973. Originally a single eight storey block containing 576 beds standing on a three storey podium, further buildings have since been added, with the most recent being a new cancer care centre to replace the current Beatson Oncology Centre facilities that are currently spread between Gartnavel, the Western Infirmary and the Royal Infirmary. The Brownlee Centre for Communicable Diseases opened in 1998, replacing services 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.