Queen's Hospital

Queen's Hospital is a new hospital in Romford, in the London Borough of Havering in London, England. It was built on the former Oldchurch Park, a short distance south of the town centre. Building work began in June 2003 and finished in October 2006.

It is the flagship hospital of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust and replaces both Harold Wood Hospital and Oldchurch Hospital.

Design

The hospital comprises four large circular buildings and a one-level building. It has a distinctive shape compared to other local NHS hospitals, such as King George Hospital in Chadwell Heath. The building takes up 8.5 hectares of the 12.5 hectares of land it is situated in. The hospital contains a coffee shop, a food court, vending machines and a shop. The hospital has 939 beds and the ability to provide a further 60 if needed.

There are five floors in the building. The wards are:

  • Ground floor: A&E, CDU, AAU, Haematology, Radiotherapy
  • 1st floor: Maternity, Coral, Tropical Lagoon, Day Surgery and Theatres
  • 2nd floor: Sahara, Amber, Ocean and Pathology
  • 3rd floor: Cornflower, Mandarin, Bluebell and Clementine
  • 4th floor: Sky, Sunrise, Harvest and CCU
Location and transport

The hospital is located near to Romford Ice Arena on Rom Valley Way. The London Buses routes 365 and the 496 have been diverted and the 496 terminates at Queen's Hospital instead of at the Vue cinema. In early January 2007 the 175 and 193 were changed to serve the hospital. The nearest railway station to the hospital is Romford and the nearest London Underground station is Elm Park.

Transfer and opening

The ward, department and patient moves were all performed according to the plan. As a consequence Harold Wood Hospital closed on 13 December 2006 and Oldchurch Hospital closed on 10 December 2006. Patients were moved to the new hospital between 6 December 2006 and 10 December 2006. The hospital was fully operational from 20 December 2006.