Queen's Medical Centre

The Queen's Medical Centre (popularly known as QMC or Queen's Med) situated in Nottingham, England, is the largest hospital in the United Kingdom, and the largest teaching hospital in Europe.

History

It was officially opened by the Queen on 28 July 1977, and admitted its first patient in 1978. It currently has more than 1300 beds and employs more than 6000 people.

University of Nottingham

QMC was the first purpose built teaching hospital in the UK, and also contains University of Nottingham Medical and Nursing Schools, Mental Health Wards and the privately run (by Nations/Circle) Nottingham Treatment Centre.

Trust merger

On 1 April 2006 it merged with Nottingham City Hospital to form Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Structure

Its present Chief Executive is Dr Peter Homa and the Medical Director is Dr Stephen Fowlie. Some 6,000 NHS staff are employed at the hospital. The hospital hosts an annual pantomime with staff and students in the medical school and is one of the best in Nottingham. The hospital is conveniently situated at the junction of the dual-carriageway Nottingham Ring Road (A6514) and the east-west A52 and A6200. It is easiest to get to from the south of Nottingham (A453, A606, A52 and A46).

Infrastructure

The hospital is powered by a combined heat and power unit comprising a natural gas powered 4.9MWe European Gas Turbines Alstom Typhoon gas turbine The unit is also used for cooling via an absorption chiller, and used for equipment sterilization, producing 12 tonnes of steam per hour. It was installed in 1998 by Yorkshire Cogen Ltd (was part of Yorkshire Electricity and bought by Powergen in 1999, which became E.ON in 2004) and is run by E.ON UK CHP Ltd. In March 2010, the unit broke down and remained so for many months.

In January 2006 it followed other UK hospitals in implementing a site wide smoking ban.

Facilities

Being the largest hospital in the East Midlands, it has a busy accident and emergency unit, and is the primary destination of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, for more seriously injured patients. Being part of the University of Nottingham, it can call on the choice of highly-qualified doctors in their respective fields, which other East Midlands hospitals would not possess (Leicester Royal Infirmary would have slightly less). It is the East Midlands main hospital for acute cases.

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