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Klinikum Aachen

University hospital Aachen
University hospital Aachen, front view
University hospital Aachen, lobby
New heliport, constructed from 2010 to 2011
Typical design elements and colors of the building

The Uniklinikum Aachen, full German name Universitätsklinikum Aachen ("University Hospital Aachen", abbreviated UKA), formerly known as Neues Klinikum ("New Clinic"), is the university hospital of the city of Aachen, Germany. It is part of the RWTH Aachen and contains its whole medical faculty.

Seen from far away, for many visitors the hospital looks like an oil refinery rather than a hospital, due to the huge striped ventilation pipes that are attached to the outer walls.

The Uniklinikum Aachen contains many specialized clinics, theoretical and clinical institutes and other research facilities, lecture halls, schools for jobs in the medical field, and all facilities necessary for a hospital like a laundry and central sterilisation.

It is the biggest single-building hospital in Europe.


In 1966 the faculty of medicine at the RWTH Aachen was founded. Automatically the municipal hospitals in Aachen became university hospitals, but soon it was realised that they were too small.

In 1972 the constructions of the Klinikum Aachen began. Ten years later, the first rooms could be used by the faculty. The rest of the building was finished section by section. The constructions were delayed because of problems with too soft ground material that could not sustain the whole building.

The official opening was celebrated in 1985. Its original name was Neues Klinikum ("New Clinic") because there was already a hospital called Klinikum in Aachen, which does not exist anymore.

Facts and figures

annual inpatients 44,768 (2008)
annual outpatients 225,727 (2008)
professors 67
scientific staff 1200
non-scientific staff 5000
clinics 33
institutes 21
rooms 6600
elevators 30 (3x6 + 6x2 + 1 (working) for outpatients)
escalators 2 at the entrance

External links

  • Universit√§tsklinikum Aachen

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