Royal Liverpool University Hospital

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Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Liverpool University Hospital.jpg
Main Entrance and Emergency Department at RLUH.
Geography
LocationPrescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP.
Organisation
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Services
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency; Major Trauma Centre
Beds850
SpecialityRegional Major Trauma Centre, Organ Transplantation, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Vascular Surgery, Hepatology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Orthopaedics, Oncology, Respiratory Medicine, Regional Tropical and Infectious Disease Unit.
History
Founded1938 as Royal Liverpool United Hospitals; 1978 as Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Links
Websitehttp://www.rlbuht.nhs.uk
 
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Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Liverpool University Hospital.jpg
Main Entrance and Emergency Department at RLUH.
Geography
LocationPrescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP.
Organisation
Care systemPublic NHS
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Services
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency; Major Trauma Centre
Beds850
SpecialityRegional Major Trauma Centre, Organ Transplantation, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Vascular Surgery, Hepatology, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Orthopaedics, Oncology, Respiratory Medicine, Regional Tropical and Infectious Disease Unit.
History
Founded1938 as Royal Liverpool United Hospitals; 1978 as Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Links
Websitehttp://www.rlbuht.nhs.uk

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH) is a major teaching and research hospital located in the city of Liverpool, England. Alongside Broadgreen Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital; the hospital belongs to and operates on behalf of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and is associated with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Together with two other Liverpool hospitals - Aintree University Hospital and The Walton Centre - the Royal Liverpool University Hospital acts as a designated adult major trauma centre for the Merseyside and Cheshire regions.[1] The Royal Liverpool is the largest and busiest hospital in Merseyside and Cheshire, and has the largest emergency department of its kind in the UK.[2]

The landmark £429 million redevelopment of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and its collaborative links with the University of Liverpool and institutes on the Liverpool BioCampus, have given the city of Liverpool recognition as one of the leading UK centres for health research and innovation.[3][4] The new Royal Liverpool University Hospital is expected to be the largest hospital in the UK on completion in 2017.[5][6][7]

History[edit]

The current Royal Liverpool University Hospital opened in 1978 and replaced three other city centre hospitals - the Royal Liverpool Infirmary on Brownlow Street, the David Lewis Northern Hospital on Great Howard Street, and the Royal Southern Hospital on Caryl Street. By 1938, the three hospitals - together with smaller specialist hospitals - had joined forces as the Royal Liverpool United Hospitals; and it had been agreed to replace them with a new hospital on a central site close to the University of Liverpool for purposes of medical education and research. It was believed at the time that physical amalgamation would take about four years and by 1948, the site on which the current Royal now stands (on Prescot Street); was identified for this centralisation as part of the post-war regeneration of Liverpool. However, building on the main hospital did not commence until 1963. The Royal Liverpool University Hospital was designed and constructed by Holford Associates, between 1963 and 1965. Its construction was plagued from the outset by problems of cost, time and quality, together with difficulties over fire certification due to changes in health and safety law whilst building work was ongoing. Eventually, the hospital opened in 1978 and then only under crown immunity; fifteen years after construction began. The hospital was officially opened by Princess Alexandra.

In a prelude to modern medical documentaries such as 24 Hours in A&E; ITV's World In Action filmed a full shift at the Royal Southern Hospital's A&E Department in 1975, three years prior to the RLUH replacing it. The footage can be viewed via the following link: Southern Hospital Liverpool 1975.

Rating[edit]

In 2007, the Healthcare Commission rated Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust "Good" for 'Quality of Services' and Good for 'Use of Resources'.[8] In 2009, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust was rated "Excellent" for the quality of its services and the quality of its financial management.[9]

Teaching and Research[edit]

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is a major teaching and research hospital for student doctors, nurses, dentists and allied health professionals. The hospital works with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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Coordinates: 53°24′34″N 2°57′51″W / 53.40944°N 2.96412°W / 53.40944; -2.96412