Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is an NHS hospital in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, situated very close to the University of Birmingham. It opened in June 2010 replacing the existing Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital. It is named after Queen Elizabeth, who became Queen of England in 1936 as the wife of King George VI. From 1952 until her death in 2002 she was known as the Queen Mother. 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 single-floor critical care unit in the world, with 100 beds. It is also new home of the military-managed ward for injured military personnel. The hospital has the largest renal transplant programme in the UK, is a major specialist centre for liver, heart and lung transplantation, neuroscience and a specialist cancer centre. It is also a regional centre for trauma and burns. The hospital is served by University station which is a five minute walk away.

New hospital: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
The new hospital has been built adjacent to the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital site. It was built to replace the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital, although it has incorporated some of the newer parts of the current Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It has been 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. Services from Selly Oak hospital moved in during the week beginning 16th June 2010, and services from the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital will finish moving in November 2011. For the Trust this allows 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 is now the new home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which cares for injured service men and women from conflict zones, as well as training Army, Navy and Air Force medical staff.

Planning and construction
The new hospital cost a total of £545 million, and is part of a £1 billion urban regeneration plan for Bournbrook and Selly Oak which includes the construction of a £350 million retail development and the construction of new roads. Plans for the new hospital were unveiled in 1998 and were approved by Birmingham City Council in October 2004 after the design was unveiled earlier that year. The hospital is the first acute hospital to be built in Birmingham for since 1937. The new building is part of a Private Finance Initiative with Consort Healthcare Ltd. There were problems with the scheme when plans for Consort to sign the deal fell through in March 2005. A deal was signed in early 2006. The hospital was designed by BDP Architects and construction, which was undertaken by Balfour Beatty, began in 2006. Five Liebherr 280 EC tower cranes supplied by Balfour Beatty Civil & Construction Plant Services (BBCCPS) 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 12t at 27.9 m (91.5 ft) or 4.9t at 60 m (197 ft). The other two cranes stand at 79.5 m (260.8 ft). The first part to be completed was the £12 million multi-storey car park. A further £30 million was spent on preparing the site for construction. The finished complex comprises three 63 metre tall towers, each 9 storeys tall. These will contain the in-patient wards. A sky-bridge leads from one of the towers to the retained estate containing the departments of oncology, the pharmacy and the Wellcome Research Centre. As well as providing patient care, the hospital includes an education centre and retail outlets. The main atrium has a glass roof.

  • 1,213 patient beds
  • 30 operating theatres (23 inpatient, 7 day case)
  • 100 critical care beds - largest single-floor unit in the world
  • 44% of beds in single rooms
  • No room has more than four beds
  • Home to 30-bed military ward for military personnel injured whilst on deployment
  • 3,800 car parking spaces
  • New home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM)

Old hospital: Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The old Queen Elizabeth Hospital was designed by Thomas Arthur Lodge and was officially opened by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on 1 March 1939, three years after Elizabeth became queen.


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