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Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
The adult hospital, the largest facility on the hospital campus
Location Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Care system NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university

University of Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 1365
1109 Adult
256 Children
Speciality Neuroscience
Spinal cord injury
Nuclear Medicine
Founded May 2015
Website [2]
Lists Hospitals in Scotland

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, formerly the South Glasgow University Hospital, is a hospital campus composed of an adult hospital, which caters for adults over the age of 16 and contains 1109 inpatient beds, a childrens hospital, which has 256 inpatient care beds for under 16s and the Maternity Unit, in addition to retained services from the [1][2]

The adult hospital is fully integrated with the children’s hospital and are often considered the same facility for management purposes however both retain some separate functions and entrances.[3] While each part of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus has its own distinct identity and dedicated specialist staff, each aspect is completely integrated as a single facility with linkages for patient transfer, diagnostic services, emergency care and even a rapid access lift from the emergency helicopter pad on the roof of the adult hospital. For example, the new children’s hospital is not only linked to the adult hospital but also both the adult and children’s hospitals are linked to the redeveloped maternity hospital and to the Neurosciences Institute. Both the adult and children's hospital host accident and emergency departments.[4]

A physical above ground link for patients and staff from the hospitals into the Maternity and Neurosciences Institute buildings exists, allowing most of the campus to be traversed without going outside. The facilities are also be linked to the laboratory buildings via an underground tunnel and pneumatic tube system. [5][1]

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus is the largest hospital campus in Europe.[6]


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Adult Hospital 3
  • Children's Hospital 4
  • Transport Links 5
  • Automated Guided Vehicles 6
  • Trivia 7
  • References 8


The new hospital campus was built on and beside the site of the old Southern General Hospital, and construction began in 2010.[7] The hospital began to accept patients towards the end of April 2015, and is expected to be fully operational by summer 2016. The site was renamed the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on 3 July 2015 after being officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.[8]


General Hospital services are provided for the south-west of the city, with some services provided for the whole city and wider region. Services include both adults and children's hospital Accident and Emergency departments, Dermatology, ENT, General Medicine (including sub-specialties), General Surgery (including sub-specialties), Medicine for the Elderly (including Assessment, Rehabilitation and Day Services), Gynaecology, Neonatal Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology, Physically Disabled Rehabilitation and Continuing Care.

The Obstetrics, Urology, Ophthalmology and Dermatology Departments provide the single in-patient location for the whole population of South Glasgow. The Division manages the Dermatology Service for the whole city.

South and West Glasgow’s in-patient Gynaecology service was centralised at the Southern General Hospital in late 2003, bringing together on one site a range of services from across the city, this facility has migrated to the new hospital. The Assessment and Rehabilitation service for the Physically Disabled is also provided for the whole city.

There is also a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services including Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, ECG, Physiotherapy, Radiology (including MRI and CT provision for the general hospital service), Speech Therapy and Clinical Neurophysiology (Including EEG, EMG and evoked potentials).[9]

The hospital campus also includes the Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit which provides a spinal injuries service to the whole of Scotland.[10]

Adult Hospital

The 14 floor adult hospital building is one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK and home to major specialist services such as renal medicine, transplantation and vascular surgery, with Critical Care, Theatre and Diagnostic Services.

The adult hospital features 1,109 patient rooms. Rooms within general wards have an external window view. Each room is equipped with private shower and toilet facilities in addition to entertainment such as television and radio. The first floor houses a 500 seat hot food restaurant and a separate cafe. The atrium features shops and banking machines and a lift system that automatically guides users to the lift that will take them to their destination most efficiently.[11]

Children's Hospital

The children’s hospital, while retaining a somewhat separate identity, is adjoined and integrated with the adult hospital. With 256 beds and 5 floors, it will replace the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children located in Yorkhill, Glasgow.

The children’s hospital will provide a large number of specialist services to the West of Scotland and the wider population of Scotland in addition to the full range of secondary care services to people of Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Specialist services include: cardiology and cardiac surgery, renal and bone marrow transplantation. For a number of these specialised services, the children’s hospital is recognised as the sole provider in Scotland.

The design includes a part covered roof garden where young patients can enjoy a range of activities in the fresh air including a stage where theatrical productions can be held. There will also be the ability for children to be brought out to the roof garden in their beds.

The new children’s hospital will be a mix of four-bedded and single-bedded accommodation.[12]

Transport Links

The campus features an 'Arrival Square' which located at the front entrance of the adult hospital, it is intended to function as the hospital's transport interchange. With patient drop-off zones, access to bus services serving the city and its suburbs, a boardwalk connecting the adult and children’s hospitals and a taxi stand.[5]

Automated Guided Vehicles

Automated Guided Vehicles charging in the hospitals basement level.

A key feature of the hospital facilities is a fleet of 26 of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), with their own network of underground tunnels to carry supplies.

The robots will use dedicated lifts which are separated for clean and dirty goods and will travel in non public corridors. The AGVs are described by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde as "safe and people friendly".

At loading bays located in the basement of the hospital where goods including kitchen materials, linen and medical supplies are delivered, the AGVs pick up assigned cargo, call a lift and head for the appropriate floor.

The vehicles begin operation when a member of staff has scanned a trolley or cage to be picked up. The AVGs then track their target as they make their way through the hospital. Once an AVG has completed its task it then returns to the charge docking station where it can be fully charged in 30 minutes.

The fleet is estimated to have cost £1.3 million.[13]


When the hospital opened its doors, locals nicknamed it the "Death Star" due to its star-shaped design and the landing pad for aircraft on the roof.[14][15][16][17]


  1. ^ a b "NHSGGC : South Glasgow University Hospital". 
  2. ^ "NHSGGC : Directory by Department". 
  3. ^ "NHSGGC : South Glasgow University Hospital". 
  4. ^ "NHSGGC : About the campus". 
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ McConnell, Ian (30 October 2012). "Scotshield wins hospital fire system contract". The Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "NHSGGC : Construction Time-line". 
  8. ^ "Glasgow's newest hospital to be named after Queen Elizabeth".  
  9. ^ "Facility Details: Hospitals: Southern General Hospital". NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit". 
  11. ^ "NHSGGC : Overview". 
  12. ^ "NHSGGC : Royal Hospital For Sick Children". 
  13. ^ "South Glasgow University Hospital introduces fleet of robot porters - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. 
  14. ^ Bradford, Eleanor: "South Glasgow University Hospital welcomes first patients", BBC, 27 April 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  15. ^ "£842m ‘Death Star’ hospital opens doors to first patients", National Health Executive, 27 April 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  16. ^ Parry, Hannah: "Nicola's Death Star strikes back: Now visitors to £1billion Glasgow super-hospital get stuck in the lifts... because they have no buttons inside ", Daily Mail, 10 May 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  17. ^ "In-patients in move to new super hospital", Evening Times, 1 May 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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